Exciting and Varied

At William Colenso College, we offer a wide and exciting variety of subjects and extra-curricular activities that should stimulate and reward any student that chooses to join us.

Before making any subject choices it is important as a student to think about what you enjoy doing at school and what your strengths are. You can then try to match those factors to a particular career pathway. There are plenty of people at school who can assist with this process – subject teachers or your Dean.

Another avenue to investigate is the Career Services website.

What Subjects do I need?

Remember that after school you will want to either:

  • Study further – for instance, Polytechnic, University (Tertiary Institutes)
  • Enter into an apprenticeship or
  • Get into a chosen career field

Whatever your chosen option, it may require you to have studied particular subjects at school. It is important that you have a general idea of what sort of career pathway you may wish to pursue and investigate what subjects will give you the best opportunities to do so. So…

  • Keep your selection broad – your ideas may change over time
  • Check the recommended and compulsory subjects that you may need for further study at school or at Tertiary Level
  • Consult our Subject Section Booklet

We host a “Subject Selection” evening in Term 3 – check the school calendar for dates.

Subject Selection

We offer the following subjects, and so much more…

Art – Level 1

Biology, Earth & Space Science Level 3

Chemistry Level 3

Construction Levels 1-3

Dance Arts Level 1

Dance Senior Levels 2 & 3

Design Levels 2 & 3

Digital Art Level 1


Engineering Mechanical Levels 1 & 2

English Levels 1-3

English Communications Level 1

ESOL Levels 1-3

Food and Nutrition Levels 1-3

Gateway/Star/Transitions Levels 1-3

Health Levels 1-2

History/Social Studies Levels 1 & 2

History Level 3

Kapa Haka Levels 2 & 3 (Year 10)

Mathematics Advanced Levels 1-2

Mathematics Level 1

Maths Study

Maths with Calculus 301

Mathematics Extension Levels 1-3

Mathematics with Calculus Level 3

Mathematics with Statistics Level 3

Media Studies Levels 1-3

Music Levels 1-3 (Year 10)

Music Extension Levels 1-3 (Year 10)

Outdoor Education Levels 1-3: Kayaking, High Ropes, Tramping, Rock Climbing, Leadership, Waka Ama

Painting Level 2

Painting/Printmaking Level 3

Performing Arts Years 10-13

Photography Levels 2 & 3

Physical Education Levels 1-3

Psychology Levels 1-3

Physics Level 3

Science Level 1

Science Support Level 1

Te Reo Maori Levels 1-3