Year 11 Curriculum

From 2019 our Year 11 Programme changed to better equip students in Year 11 with the 21st Century skills they need for success in Years 12 and 13 and beyond.

The revised programme:

  • Shifts the focus of Year 11 from assessment to teaching to learning
  • Includes a collaborative project for all students
  • Includes greater emphasis on the transferable skills needed to thrive in the future
  • Provides a future pathways programme (careers) that better prepares students for the rapidly changing future

The Year 11 programme structure introduces a course that better prepares students for Level 2 or the International Baccalaureate Programme (IBDP). It includes an increase in the range of subjects available and builds on the options for learning in an online and blended learning environment. As new facilities are built and become available course offerings will continue to broaden and develop.

The Year 11 programme allows for greater emphasis on developing the transferable skills needed to thrive in the future and courses that provide opportunities for students to develop these skills.

Five full year subjects

  • English, math and science are compulsory
  • Students also choose two full year options such as languages, technology, business studies and arts
  • These subjects will give students the core skills they need for NCEA Level 2 or IBDP
  • Each of these subjects includes one internal assessment and one external assessment to provide a balance between assessment and learning

Two half-year options

  • Scots College intends to offer a range of courses which provide real-world, practical experience to students in a variety of fields
  • The exact nature of these courses is determined by staff availability and facilities
  • Examples of option courses include environmental studies, food technology and cyber security

A collaborative project

  • Full year group project
  • Students spend one period a week considering a real-world problem
  • Students research a problem and plan a solution, building in a number of 21st century skills such as collaboration and design thinking
  • Projects can be based on a range of issues from technology and energy to health and culture and heritage
  • Students are asked to reflect on their project throughout the year, demonstrating what they have learned or how they would have done something differently – this reflection is the main focus for the project’s assessment
  • The approach to the project draws on a number of existing project-learning models and learnings from experts in the field, such as the Young Enterprise scheme, the BP challenge and the Conrad Innovation challenge, so students can learn a variety of life skills in a structured and meaningful way

The Year 11 collaborative project builds on work students do in the Year 6 PYP Exhibition and the Year 10 MYP Community Project. It encourages students to choose a topic they are passionate about. Project-based learning is useful for teaching skills such as collaboration and critical thinking, and provides opportunities for community engagement or outreach.

Useful course information:
Year 11 course content booklet
Year 11 Project exhibition and presentation examples 

Assessment and progression through the Senior School

Students have access to approximately 40 credits at NCEA Level 1 in 2019. This is in line with the recent government announcement.

Our focus will be on the quality of credits. In the past, students have been able to achieve more than 120 credits which places the emphasis on assessment rather than learning. The new curriculum focuses on the required numeracy and literacy credits and teaching what is needed for internal and external assessments or exams.

Students do not need to achieve NCEA Level 1 to study towards NCEA Level 2 or the IBDP. When they gain NCEA Level 2 they are also awarded NCEA Level 1.

Parents will be informed about measurement and assessment of student progress and key skills to ensure they have a clear view and understanding of how their child is performing.

Future Pathways Programme

Year 11 students are also provided with a three step component of the future pathways programme (careers) that assists them in making more informed decisions as they progress through secondary school and towards a tertiary or post-secondary pathway. In this programme each Year 11 student:

  • Undertakes an online questionnaire that helps assess an individual’s talents and interests.
  • They then review these results with a qualified and experienced career coach from Swivel Careers.
  • During Term 3 all Year 11 students undertake work experience based on their occupational interests as well as their level of extroversion. Work experience allows each student to gain insight into employment, what is involved day to day and where the career path could lead them long-term.

Read more on the Future Pathways Programme across Years 7 to 13 here.

FAQs on the Year 11 curriculum review

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