Year 11
Geography
This course, which builds on Social Studies, enables students to gain a better understanding of the environment in which they live. Students will study a range of local, national and global environments. They will also develop a variety of geography skills.

There is a field trip to the Waihi Gold Mine.

History
This course builds on Social Studies and helps students to think critically about historical knowledge and develop an understanding of the past and its significance for them in the 21st century. Students will be encouraged to consider events of the past from different perspectives. They will engage with the past to develop the various skills of a historian.

Topics studied include The Origins of World War II and New Zealand’s response to the war; the Black Civil Rights Movement and the Polynesian Panther Movement and the Dawn Raids in New Zealand.

Year 12
Geography
In this course, the major studies are desert landscapes, the growth and development of the Auckland urban area and the development of countries. There are two field trips, one to the Auckland CBD and the other to the Arataki Visitors Centre.

History
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the historical importance and continuing relevance of protest and reform in New Zealand and the Pacific. Topics studied will include the anti-apartheid protest movement in New Zealand and South Africa and the Mau Movement in Samoa. A special topic on Popular Culture in early modern England (1550-1750) will develop source analysis skills.

Through these contexts, students will develop skills in research, historical empathy and structured writing.

Senior Social Studies
In this course, students will learn about Social Studies concepts and skills in a variety of contemporary contexts. These concepts include – human rights, social justice, beliefs, discrimination, community, and culture. Students will study a range of local and global case studies on the themes of conflict, social action and rights and responsibilities. Students taking this course will be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding of world events, social issues and religious and cultural tensions through extensive reading.

Travel and Tourism
An Introduction to the World of Travel and Tourism. This course offers students the chance to gain the National Certificate in Tourism (Introductory Skills) which is a two-year course and will be completed in Year 13. To gain this certificate, students need to gain all 26 Level 2 credits offered in Year 12 and all 24 Level 3 credits offered in Year 13. This certificate is recognised by tertiary education providers and tourism employers.

This course provides the student with an insight into work roles and the business of tourism as well as World and NZ tourist destinations. Students who take this course should be interested in a career in tourism.

Year 13
Geography
In this course, coastal environments and tourism are the two topics studied. There is a compulsory field trip to Jones Bay which will be assessed both internally and externally. It is preferred that you have taken either Level 1 or Level 2 Geography to enrol in Level 3 Geography.

History
This course concentrates on New Zealand history in the 19th century. It considers Maori-Pakeha relations, political and economic development, and changes in social attitudes on issues such as women’s suffrage, alcohol, and immigration. The skills used in Level 3 History encourage independent learning and prepares students for tertiary study.

Senior Social Studies
In this course, students will learn about the influence and impact of ideologies on society. They will be required to investigate how social actions can influence and effect changes to policies. Students taking this course will be expected to deepen their knowledge and understanding of world events, social issues and religious and cultural tensions through extensive reading.

Travel and Tourism
An in-depth study of tourism destinations. All units are internally assessed. They also can contribute to further qualifications in the tourism industry. During the year’s study, students will study New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands as tourist destinations as well as the in-depth study of the economic significance of world tourism.

Students have the opportunity of completing the National Certificate of Travel and Tourism started in Year 12. This course serves as a good foundation for a career in the world’s largest employment sector. Students who take this course should be interested in a career in tourism.