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The Dual Qualification Pathway

Queen Margaret College is the only girls' school in Wellington to offer a dual qualification pathway: the choice of either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or NCEA.

View our 2016 Curriculum Overview

The Intersection - Year 11

After completing Year 10 at Queen Margaret College, students move into Year 11 having gained a number of credits in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. They complete a full year of Level 1 NCEA, although some may do Level 2 Mathematics. Compulsory subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Religous Education. In addition, 3 optional subjects are chosen from: Business, Drama, French, Geography, History, Japanese, Materials Technology, Music, Spanish and Visual Arts.

Year 11 is the foundation course for the dual qualification pathway of either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). It is during Year 11 that girls choose which qualification they will take in Year 12.

The decision of whether to complete the two year IB Diploma or continue with NCEA is an informed decisions made by the girls and parents to best suit the individual. Both pathways offer opportunities to enter the New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

Turn Left - Year 12/Year 13 IB Diploma

If the student chooses to take part in the IB Diploma course they will select six subjects which they study concurrently for two years. They also complete a 4000-word extended essay which prepares students well for rigorous academic study as does the Theory of Knowledge component which focuses on teaching critical thinking.

As a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies students undertake an extra-curricular programme, Creativity, Action, Service. (CAS) where they participate in sports, arts and community service.

Further IB Diploma Information

Turn Right - Year 12/Year 13 NCEA

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand’s qualification for senior secondary school students. NCEA is a standards-based assessment combining a mix of both internal and external assessments.

Further NCEA Information