Welcome to Sacred Heart College Curriculum Overview


Welcome to our curriculum overview at Sacred Heart College. We offer a wide range of courses for our students and cater for all different learning needs covering all curriculum areas.

As a special character school Religious Education is compulsory for all students at all year levels.

In 2021 we will introduce a variety of new courses for NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3. We are in the process of updating all our documentation. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our curriculum.


Year 9 Curriculum

  • English, Mathematics, Science, PE, Social Science and Religious Education are compulsory.
  • Throughout the year students experience a number of different subjects in rotation.
  • Rotation 1: Languages: approximately 12 weeks of each language- German, French and Te Reo Maori
  • Rotation 2: one term of each of the following- Art, Music, DTE and Materials Technology

The following links provide an overview of the core subjects and the option rotations

Year 10 Student Curriculum

Year 11 Student Curriculum

  • Students can choose 2 course in addition to the compulsory courses. NCEA Level 1 optional courses.
  • A course from each of Religious Studies, English, Science and Mathematics are compulsory for NCEA Level 1. NCEA Level 1 core courses
  • We will provide guidance for our students in choosing the courses that are appropriate for them.

Year 12 Student Curriculum

Year 13 Student Curriculum

Course Selection is an important part of decision-making and we encourage caregivers and students to work together in this decision-making process.   

Please feel free to contact your child’s Tutor and/or year level Deans for support.  Please ask questions of them to ensure you are fully informed prior to making the course selection.   

New Zealand Scholarship (in addition to Level 3)

Students who excel academically may also enter for a New Zealand Scholarship (as well as NCEA Level 3) in 1 or more subjects. 

The content of the Scholarship course is the same as for NCEA Level 3 but on top of that students will be expected to do independent work in greater depth.  All assessments are external (i.e. exams) and are standards based.   

2020 Year Level Deans: 

Year 9:

Sharon Lapwood

Year 10:

Rebecca Taylor

Year 11:

Kate Baird, Ashley Bell

Year 12:

Simon Blandford

Year 13:

Liesbet Gavey