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Curriculum And Year Levels

Otorohanga College offers its students a comprehensive range of subjects which will equip them for life beyond secondary school.


Otorohanga College prides itself on delivering a wide range of programmes in addition to NCEA. These include learning support, enrichment programmes, Te Kura and Gateway. As a community, Otorohanga can be proud of MPowa, which supports the transition of all school leavers into the next stage of their journey.

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Year 9 & 10

All students take a course which involves English, Mathematics, Science, Maaori, Global And Local Studies and Physical Education / Health as compulsory subjects along with a choice of modules.  

Year 11

All students take a course which involves English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education / Health with a wide range of optional courses offered.

Year 12

By Level 2 all six courses are optional. Career and academic guidance assists students as they select the most relevant combination of courses.

Year 13

Students are again closely guided in their academic programme choices to ensure they give themselves the best possible chance to meet the increasingly competitive entry criteria set by universities and other tertiary education and training providers.


Gateway allows us to provide learning opportunities for senior students (Year 12 and 13) in a structured workplace environment, usually including at least 20 Industry Training Organisation (ITO) NCEA credits attached. Through Gateway, students are able to begin forming a pathway from school to employment, blending study with hands-on workplace experience to gain insight into a career in an industry of interest.

Workplace placements are organised to suit the student, the employer and the students’ commitments at school and are made in consultation with whānau, employers and Deans. Gateway placements usually occur on one day per week, however sometimes a student may be on a placement for up to 5 days a week over a certain period of time.

Previous Gateway participants have enjoyed placements in Hospitality (chef, barista, baking, kitchen-hand); Trades (plumbing, building, engineering, mechanics, electrical, drainage, hairdressing, beauty therapy); Early Childhood Education; Farming (dairy and dry stock); Tourism (guiding, retail, ticketing, hospitality); Law; Health (medicine, nursing, midwifery, radiology); Accounting; Textiles (pattern making, retail) and Retail.


Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource, or STAR, allows us to offer a range of learning experiences to students that may support their transition from school to further study and employment. Many tertiary providers offer short, introductory courses (often called a “taster” course) in a wide range of careers. These courses can be available for students from Year 10 to 13 and provide a day or so of hands-on, practical experience in a chosen study/career field.

Pathways Centre Support

But wait; that’s not all! We also provide a range of information and support in relation to career guidance and pathway planning. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Help with writing a CV

  • Job application support and interview preparation

  • Career pathway guidance

  • Information on courses, providers and scholarships

  • Assistance with tertiary enrolment applications

  • Driver licencing much, much more! Here in the Pathways Centre, we acknowledge that no two situations are identical and we embrace individuality. Let us help you draw the map to your future.

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