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Onslow College has a commitment to:

- catering for individual needs within a broad and balanced curriculum

- meeting student preferences

- supporting students to achieve their academic potential


Junior Students (Years 9 & 10)

Year 9

At Onslow College, Year 9 students study across all eight learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum. All students take English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, and Social Studies. Students choose four optional subjects.

Students choose one optional subject from

  • Languages
  • Arts
  • Technology

Your fourth choice can be a second Language, Art or Technology subject OR one of Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy or Planning and Action.

Two options are studied in each half year.

When choosing your options you should plan a two-year programme.

Year 9 2021 Curriculum Handbook

Year 9 2022 Curriculum Handbook

Year 10

All students in Year 10 take English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, and Social Studies. These courses occupy 19 of the 25 hours in a school week.

Year 10 Options

  • Students study four optional subjects - two per half year, each for 3 hours per week.
  • Languages are full year courses and therefore count as two options.

Year 10 2021 Curriculum Handbook

Year 10 2022 Curriculum Handbook





Senior Students (Years 11, 12 & 13)

At Onslow College, senior students undertake a full time course of study.

What does a fulltime course of study look like at each year level?

Year 11 English and Mathematics Science (unless exempted by Dean) plus three other subjects
Year 12 English plus the equivalent four and a half to five full year subjects
Year 13 Equivalent of five or six full year subjects

Students taking six subjects at Year 13 need to consult their Dean.

Automatic entry to subjects depends on the stated prerequisites being met. Students who do not have automatic entry can apply to the Learning Area Leader for discretionary entry.

More information and Senior Curriculum Handbook are on the Senior Course page

Senior 2022 Curriculum Handbook