Senior Courses

English & Literacy

Students are presented with holistic and thematic courses which are tailored to meet the learning needs and styles of all course participants, across Levels 5 to 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum. The principle aims are to develop a love of reading, and skills in writing in order to foster independence and confidence in Literacy.Courses are offered at NCEA Level 1 to 3, and throughout each course independent learning pathways can be negotiated.


Courses offered at NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3, including Numeracy Standards at Level 1. At level 2 and 3 students are encouraged to construct their own learning and assessment schedule giving them the opportunity to follow a statistics, calculus or mixed pathway. An emphasis is put on relating mathematical concepts to real-life, authentic problems and ideas.


Science is both a body of knowledge and also a process. With a focus on this process in the junior years at Coromandel Area School, we strive to create resilient life-long learners that are curious about all aspects of the world around us. We offer papers in Biology, Earth & Space Science, Physics and Chemistry with options of a blended course or online learning to suit students needs and pathways, through NCEA Levels 1 to 3.

Physical Education

Through a range of health and movement contexts, students will develop a sense of well-being which encompasses the physical, mental and emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of Hauora. Students will be presented with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to make informed decisions, and to act in ways that contribute to their personal well-being, the well-being of other people, and that of society as a whole. At Year 11-13 this course is tailored to students personal goals, and future employment prospects. Courses can be offered at NCEA Level 1 to 3.

Outdoor Education

We encompass the values of Manaakitanga, by learning ways to empower and raise the mana of self and others. A strong sense of self-worth is developed using this approach, and students grow in self-confidence while challenging their comfort zones. Utilising the beautiful Coromandel environment, we offer a diverse Year 11-13 program unique to this area, with a strong focus on future pathways. Courses offered at NCEA Level 1 to 3.


Studies in the Humanities can help students understand both the world and the minds of other individuals by focusing on inquiry-based methods to study culture, peoples, environments and current social issues. This programme will provide students with a well rounded range of learning experiences and opportunities to explore and develop their individual interests and strengths. The emphasis will be engaging in our local community and environment and drawing on the wealth of knowledge, places and perspectives we already have at our fingertips. Courses offered at NCEA Level 1 to 3. Flexible programmes can combine standards from a range of fields including History, Geography, Classical Studies, Social Studies, & Business Studies.


Hospitality programmes are career based courses of study designed to meet the needs of students who have an interest in the Food, Hospitality, or Tourism Industry. These courses lead to direct employment, Polytechnic Courses or apprenticeships. This is the largest growth industry in NZ at present, and provides a range of career opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, courses are offered at NCEA Level 1 and 2, with the view to extend to Level 3 in 2020.

Visual Arts

Throughout NCEA Level 1 to 3 courses, students will build upon a foundation in practical knowledge of techniques, processes, tools and media, through a strong drawing, painting and printmaking emphasis. Through the study and analysis of artworks students will develop frameworks around which they will generate and develop ideas. They will bring these to resolution in the form of a body of original visual artworks that apply and extend the practical skill base they have developed over time.

Design & Graphics

In this course, students will create a design development portfolio which will lead to a resolved design solution that will then be the basis of an authentic promotion. Skills and processes, such as, research, drawing, modelling, collage, and development of design ideas, briefs & concept statements will be learnt. These have real world applications in setting up and promoting a small business or product. They could lead on to further training in design and graphics or technology. Course offered at Level 1 (2019) and Level 2 (2020).

Distance Learning

A range of courses are offered to senior students through the Volcanics eLearning Community, and Te Kura - The Correspondence School. Click here to learn more about this.

Gateway and STAR Options

Students preparing to transition into the workforce are able to access the GATEWAY and STAR programmes in Years 12 and 13. Click here to learn more about this.