Otago Polytechnic

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School subject selection guide for Otago Polytechnic qualifications

It can be difficult to decide which subjects to take at school and it is important that you think about your future career while you make these choices. This way, you will ensure you are prepared for the tertiary study you need to reach your career goals. This guide lists high school subjects that are recommended as helpful preparation for your chosen area of study at Otago Polytechnic.

Important Note: For full entry criteria, including the required number of NCEA credits for each qualification, please check on each programme information sheet.

 

Career Pathway        

Recommended Subjects

Health, Community and Education Careers

Nursing

Biology, Chemistry, English, Physical Education, Health, Te Reo Māori, Geography, History,Classics,Historyof Art, Media Studies, Religious StudiesBachelor of Nursing essential subjects: Biology/Chemistry + English/English-rich subject* (Level 3)

Midwifery

Biology, Chemistry, English, Statistics, Health, Te Reo Māori, Social Studies, History, GeographyBachelor of Midwifery essential subjects: Biology/Chemistry + English/English-rich subject* (Level 3)

Occupational Therapy

 Biology, Physical Education, Social Studies, Health, Te Reo Māori, Statistics, English

Social Services

 Te Reo Māori, Social Studies, Health, History, English

Early Childhood Studies

Biology, Te Reo Māori, English, Health

Creative Careers

Design (Communication, Fashion, Product) 

Design, Art, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Media Studies, Technology, Computing/Digital Technologies, History of Art, Sculpture, Textiles

 Architectural Studies

Design, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Media Studies, Painting, Photography, Physics, Printmaking, Science, Technology

 Visual Arts

 Art, History of Art, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Media Studies, Design, Metal Work, Woodwork, Computing/Digital Technologies, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Sculpture, Textiles

 Media and Photography Careers

 Film and Television

Media Studies, Computing/Digital Technologies, Drama, Photography, Art, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Creative Writing

Photography

Photography, Computing/Digital Technologies, Art, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication,

Media Studies

Physical Activity and Wellbeing Careers

 Sport, Exercise and Health

Physical Education, Science, Health, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, Statistics,

Social Studies, English

Massage Therapy

Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education, Social Studies, Health, Te Reo Māori, English

Adventure and Snowsports ^

 

Physical Education, Science, Health, Geography, Social Studies, English

 Beauty and Hairdressing Careers

Beauty Therapy

Biology, Chemistry, English, Physical Education, Health, Science

Hairdressing

English, Health, Science, Mathematics, Art

Natural Sciences Careers

Agriculture/Farming ^

Agriculture and Horticulture, Science, Economics, Mathematics

Horticulture/Viticulture/Arboriculture

Agriculture and Horticulture, Science, Biology, English, Mathematics

Sports Turf Management ^

Science, Agriculture and Horticulture, Engineering, Mathematics, English, Computing, Mechanics (Youth Guarantee or Trades Academy), Gateway, Unit 1153 Use Sports Turf Machinery and Equipment (Level 3)

Veterinary Nursing/Animal Health

Science, Biology, Health, Computing, English, Mathematics

 Hospitality Careers 

 Cookery

 

 Culinary Arts

 English-rich subjects*, Mathematics, Food related subjects, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Technology, Visual Art/Photography

 Food and Beverage Service

 

 Brewing

 

 Hospitality Management

 English-rich subjects*, Mathematics, Food related subjects, Business Studies

 Business, Tourism and IT Careers 

 Accounting

 Accounting, Economics, Computing/Digital Technologies, English, Statistics, Business Studies, Mathematics

 Applied Management/Business

 Economics, Tourism, Media Studies, Statistics, Computing/Digital Technologies, Accounting, Social Studies, English, Business Studies

 Information Technology

 Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Computing/Digital Technologies, Physics, Statistics, Science, Mathematics, Calculus

 Tourism

 Tourism, Geography, Media Studies, Languages, English, Social Studies

 Construction Careers 

 Architectural Studies

Design, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Media Studies, Painting, Photography, Physics, Printmaking, Science, Technology

 Quantity Surveying/ Construction Management

Mathematics, English, Physics, Science, Digital Technologies, Economics, Accounting, Statistics, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Technology

 Carpentry

Mathematics, English, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Technology

 Stonemasonry ^

Mathematics, English, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Technology

 Engineering Careers 

Engineering Technology (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical)

Mathematics, Calculus, Algebra, Physics, Chemistry, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication, Digital Technologies, English, Science, Technology Bachelor of Engineering Technology essential subjects: Calculus + Physics (Level 3) New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Technology essential subjects: Mathematics (Level 2)

Engineering Trades (Automotive, Mechanical, Electrical)

Mathematics, English, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Science, Technology, Graphics/Design and Visual Communication

Bicycle Mechanics ^

Mathematics, Physics, English, Physical Education

Leadership for Change

 
  There is no list of specific subjects that we would recommend. It is more important that you are learning in areas you are passionate about and that might inform the change you want to make in the world. We are really interested to hear about any opportunities you have taken to step up as a leader and to make a difference. This might be in your school community, the community where you live, your iwi, your whanau or in your part time work.

  

*English-rich subjects include: Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies

Approved subjects for degree entrance: Accounting, Agriculture and Horticulture, Biology, Business Studies, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Cook Islands Māori, Dance, Design, Design and Visual Communication, Digital Technologies, Drama, Earth and Space Science, Economics, Education for Sustainability, English, French, Geography, German, Health Education, History, History of Art, Home Economics, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music Studies, Painting, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Printmaking, Processing Technologies, Religious Studies, Samoan, Science, Sculpture, Spanish, Social Studies, Statistics, Technology, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Tongan.

^ Only offered in Central Otago

 

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