Learning Areas and Subject Choices

At St Peter’s, Cambridge we offer an exceptional range of opportunities for learning.

Students benefit from learning opportunities across a breadth of fields. Our key learning areas are: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Sciences, Social Science and Commerce, Technology, Arts, Performing Arts, Languages, Physical Education, and Health. Within each of these learning areas students can choose from a variety of subjects. These subject options are listed at the end of this page.

At St Peter’s we offer two qualifications pathways. At the end of Year 11 students choose whether to continue with NCEA or undertake the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Subject choices vary according to which qualification is chosen. NCEA offers a wide variety of subjects which allows students to narrow their focus and specialise in particular areas, or to keep options open by choosing a wide variety of subjects. The IB encourages a broad, well-rounded education and offers choices across learning areas on that basis. For more information about these two qualification pathways follow the links provided below:

Our teaching and learning programmes provide authentic learning opportunities. Students at St Peter’s have many opportunities to engage in real, contextualised learning. A variety of subjects provide opportunities for students to participate in field work; our Business and Enterprise Centre helps students who want to develop innovative entrepreneurial skills; our very own OWL Farm a joint venture demonstration dairy farm between St Peter’s School and Lincoln University provides learning experiences for students interested in agribusiness. Whatever talents and interests your child has, there is a pathway to develop these further. Opportunity is the key, and at St Peter’s opportunity abounds.

St Peter’s is able to provide additional learning support. Our staff in the Enhanced Learning Centre are committed to providing specific, individualised support to ensure that learners with particular needs are able to thrive. Our Enhanced Learning Centre also provides students of outstanding ability with opportunities to excel.

We welcome students transferring from other schools. Students joining St Peter’s from other schools at any time of the year are accommodated to the best of our ability.

Subject Choices within Each Learning Area

The following table shows a summary of subject options that are available in each learning area. For more information or to discuss options that are not in this table, please contact us by following the link at the end of this page.

 

English

English
IB NCEA
English as a Second Language
  NCEA
Film Studies
  NCEA
Media Studies
  NCEA


Mathematics and Statistics

Calculus
  NCEA
Mathematics
IGCSE IB NCEA
Statistics
  NCEA

Sciences

Agriculture and Horticulture
  NCEA
Biology
IB NCEA
Chemistry
IB NCEA
Computer Science IB
IB  
Earth and Space Science
  NCEA
Physics
IB NCEA
Science
  NCEA


Social Science and Commerce

Accounting
  NCEA
Business Management
IB  
Business Studies
  NCEA
Classical Studies
  NCEA
Economics
IBNCEA
Enterprise and Commerce
 
Geography
IBNCEA
History
IB NCEA
Psychology
IB  
Social Studies
 
Tourism
  NCEA

 

Religious Studies

Religious Studies
  NCEA

 

Technology

Computer Studies
  NCEA
Computer Science
  NCEA
Design and Visual Communication
  NCEA
Design Engineering
  NCEA
Fashion Design/Textiles
  NCEA
Food Technology
  NCEA
Materials Technology - Wood
  NCEA


Performing Arts

Dance
IBNCEA
Drama
  NCEA
Music
IBNCEA
Performing Arts
 


Art

Art
 NCEA
Design
 NCEA
Painting
 NCEA
Photography
 NCEA
Printmaking
 NCEA
Sculpture
 NCEA
Visual Art, Art, Graphics, or Textiles
IB 

Languages

French
IBNCEA
Japanese
IBNCEA
Te Reo Māori
 NCEA
Spanish
IBNCEA
Chinese
 
German
 NCEA
Italian
 NCEA


Physical Education and Health

Academies in rugby, cricket, football, and netball
 
Elite Athlete course
 
Outdoor Education
 NCEA
Physical Education and Health
 
Physical Education Studies
 NCEA

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