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The Curriculum outlines the subjects available to students and explains how they are structured into a year’s course of study. It outlines qualification frameworks and lists the co-curricular activities available to you. Reading this is the first step in the process of choosing your course of study.

The decisions you make now will impact on your future, so it is important to consider them carefully. Discuss the options with your parents or legal guardian. Gather as much information as you can so that you can make an informed decision that is right for you.

At Nelson College we believe that balance is important. We believe that students who experience success are students who accept opportunities, have focus and involve themselves in school life, whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field, in a band or on stage. Whatever choices you make and activities you choose to be involved in, ensure that you give them you full commitment and in time you will reap the rewards.

Most of all, once you have made the choices, accept and enjoy the challenges that will be offered in and out of the classroom.

Tim Tucker
Deputy Headmaster

An Overview

Courses are structured at all levels of the College to ensure that students have the necessary academic and skills background for whatever future (tertiary training and/or career) they may decide on.

Choosing a course of study

In considering what subjects you wish to take in the following year, think about your possible future career and/or study plans.

Begin by asking yourself some important questions:

  • What do i enjoy?
  • What will I want to do in the future?
  • How can I turn what I enjoy into a pathway for my future?
  • What do I have to do to enter this pathway?
  • What will I be doing in ten years time?

Make sure you understand what qualification you may gain from each of the subjects you take and whether each subject choice moves you along your chosen pathway.

All students can obtain advice from a member of the course guidance team before completing a course option sheet. We encourage students to make use of this service.

Course Guidance Team

If you need help with your choice of subjects please ask:

  • Your present subject teacher
  • Teachers in charge of subjects
  • Your Dean
  • A Guidance Counsellor
  • Careers Advisor


Refer to the  Course Overview chart which shows how subjects progress through the year levels from general to specialist.