Curriculum and Subjects

Catholic Cathedral College follows the New Zealand National Curriculum framework and teaches the eight learning areas as well as Religious Education. Units of work are also embedded with the five Key Competencies.

A list of all subjects is available (junior subjects and senior subjects) and a full Course Booklet is published every year around August.

Qualifications Framework

Students work towards national qualifications which involves a mixture of Unit and Achievement Standards and at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. Some students sit Scholarship.

Catholic Cathedral College is fully accredited in all conventional subjects and has wide ranging accreditiation to teach and assess vocational units.

The College is organised as follows:

Junior School – Years 7-10
Senior School – Years 11-13

Junior School

The major aims in the Junior School are:

    • to give students a sound integrated grounding in the core subjects; Religious Education is compulsory
    • to give students the opportunity to explore and experience a wide range of other curriculum areas with specialist teachers
    • to provide a “significant” teacher who knows them well

Junior subjects available

Senior School

The major aims in the Senior School are:

    • to give students a sound preparation in the subjects they are studying for external awards and qualifications
    • to equip students for the transition to the post-school world of employment or further education
    • to provide each student with a relevant course of study, which matches the individual’s strength and abilities. Religious Education is compulsory. Some courses are offered by correspondence.

Senior subjects available

Senior Subject Booklet 2016

Students in Years 11-13 may enter for the following external qualifications:

National Certificate Level 1

National Certificate Level 2

National Certificate Level 3.
(NCEA Level 1-3 can be a mixture of Unit and Achievement Standards)

Note: Unit Standards and Achievement Standards are registered on the Qualifications Framework and credited towards the National Certificate or towards any other NZQA qualification, such as Polytechnic or industry qualifications.

Year 11

All students study English, Mathematics, Religious Education, and Physical Education. Science is highly recommended. Students also select two or three additional optional subjects, depending on their academic ability.


Progress reports are sent out every two weeks with the newsletter and a comprehensive report is sent out twice yearly. A report evening is organised for Term 1 for parents and students. Evenings are arranged for parents mid-year to discuss these reports with teachers. For full information regarding our reporting system click here.

Learning Support/Special Needs/Extension Programmes
The school has a Special Needs Committee which meets regularly to monitor the needs of students particularly at Years 7-10.Support programmes are facilitated by this Department using small group work, learning styles and computer-assisted programmes.

Opportunities are available for ongoing in-class support for students as part of the normal programme as well as support programmes for students with gaps in their learning.

Essential Links:

NZ Curriculum document (pdf doc, 7.35MB)

NZ Curriculum online