The NZ Education System

The New Zealand Education System

Westland High School includes Years 7 – 13.

In bigger centres Years 7 – 8 are separate schools called Intermediate Schools. Westland High School is delighted to have them as junior students in our school.

High Schools offer five years of study.  They comprise of Year 9 – 13.

Years 9 and 10 – Westland High School combines these levels and provide a trimester programme. The middle school programme offers students a broad range of subjects across the curriculum. This enables students to explore many subjects before they decide which subjects to focus on in the senior school.

Years 11 – 13 are the senior high school levels where external, national qualifications are undertaken. The senior programme offers students choice in the subjects they would like to study further after completing high school. Senior students will have NCEA examinations for each year of senior high school as well as numerous class assessments throughout the school year. Those wishing to attend university have the academic goal of the attainment of NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance in Year 13.

Please click here for more detailed information on New Zealand’s National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Please click here for further information on studying at a New Zealand secondary school for an international student.

Please click here for more information on gaining equivalency for Abitur (Germany) or Mattayom 6 (Thailand).