Academic Pathway & NCEA

Sacred Heart College provides a challenging curriculum based on The New Zealand Curriculum Framework and is renowned for providing students with a caring, supportive environment in which they excel both academically and personally. Students at all levels are extended academically with appropriate support and specialist courses.

Our goal is to produce top academic students ready to make a real difference in the world. Teachers challenge students to participate actively in classes, working both individually and collaboratively with other students. A range of assessment methods are used including examinations, assignments, practical assessments, group work and presentations. Students are always encouraged to ask questions and think creatively so they learn critical thinking, not just knowledge.

At Years 7 to 10 the curriculum has a greater reliance on the core subjects with an introduction to more specialist subjects as students progress. From Year 11 students enter NCEA where many courses are available. View Sacred Heart Colege's Academic Curriculum

NCEA Examinations

National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand’s national qualification for Years 11-13 students. NCEA is a flexible and internationally recognised qualification with both internal and external assessments to cater for different learning styles. The qualification can be used to gain entry to Universities in New Zealand and overseas. Students sitting NCEA are assessed throughout the year with assignments, practical assessments, presentations, examinations, and project work.

Many International students in the past gained access to some renowned universities both in New Zealand and overseas, such Melbourne University, University of Queensland, Auckland University, Otago University, Keio University, Juntendo University, and Chulalongkorn University.

All International Students who are at Sacred Heart College from February to December (one full academic year) will be required to sit NCEA exams at the end of the year. The NCEA exams are an extra cost to the student. Please refer to the current fees schedule for this cost. For more information on NCEA, please see the NCEA page.

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

For students who require extra English language support, the College offers extra support through the English Language Learners (ELL) Department where three fully qualified teachers teach small groups, according to their English language learning needs. For further information on please see the English Language Learners page.