Gisborne Boys' High School Course Selection

Welcome to the Gisborne Boys' High School online course selection

Our course structure has been designed to provide the widest possible flexibility in course choice, and should the need arise, provide opportunities for pursuing courses at more than one level in the same year.

The courses cater for students who are planning to go to university, polytechnic or other tertiary institutions and also for students who are planning to enter the workforce at the end of Year 12 or Year 13.

Remember that there are prerequisites that must be met to gain entry into most courses for NCEA. Students will have their courses confirmed in January..

Gisborne Boys' High School offers a range of career-related courses that complement our conventional subjects. These courses almost always offer Standards for one or more national qualifications.

It is important to take advantage of the opportunities for advice which the school provides as you plan your courses for the coming year. Please contact the school office to make an appointment with the careers team if you need help or advise planning for your future.


The following information is designed to help you achieve to your potential, reach your goals and enjoy a successful year at Gisborne Boys' High School in Year 11, 12 or 13.

Year 9 Student Requirements

  • Students study English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science and PE throughout the year.
  • Students also study in 9 week block courses (credit period) - Technology, Tikanga and Te Reo Maori .
  • Students have the opportunity to select two options from Design and Visual Communication, Media Studies and Visual Art.

Year 10 Student Requirements

  • Students study English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science and PE throughout the year.
  • Students also study in 9 week block courses (credit period) - Technology and Tikanga 
  • Students have the opportunity to select two options from Te Reo Maori, Design and Visual Communication, Media Studies and Visual Art.

Year 11 Student Requirements

  • Students must study six subjects.
  • English is compulsory.
  • Mathematics is compulsory.
  • Science is compulsory.
  • 3 more subjects should be selected

Year 12 Student Requirements

  • Students must study six subjects.
  •  English is compulsory.
  • 4 more subjects should be selected.
  • Students intending to go to University or another tertiary institution should check requirements as described below.

Year 13 Student Requirements

  • Students must study five academic subjects, plus one study or six subjects.
  • Students intending to go to University should check requirements as described on the NZQA website or in the University Entrance from the useful information tab.

New Zealand Scholarship

Students who excel academically may also enter for a New Zealand Scholarship (as well as NCEA Level 3) in 1 or more subjects.

The content of the Scholarship course is the same as for NCEA Level 3 but on top of that students will be expected to do independent work in greater depth.

All assessments are external (i.e. exams) and are standards based.

The steps to follow in selecting your subjects for next year are.

  1. Do your research on the subjects you might take, requirements for NCEA and entrance to tertiary courses you may wish to enroll in.
    • Talk to your teachers, Heads of Departments, etc
    • Talk your courses over with family, family friends, work contacts etc.
    • Read the outline of the course
  2. Complete the online subject selection

Year 8 students who are enrolled at Gisborne Boys' High School can login to schoolpoint via our school website login (username and password will be sent to parents/students via email once enrolment has been confirmed).

Current Year 9 students can select their options online - up to two can be selected.

Current Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students (returning) who are choosing subjects for next year are to:

  • have selected six (6) subjects in total
  1. All students will have an interview for subject selection during term 3.  Once the timetable has been built, student timetables are able to be viewed in both schoolpoint or on kamar.