Level 3 Pathways

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Meulenbroeks.

Option 1: Employment Focus

Are you wanting to gain Level 3 credits and skills for the workplace?

This course offers Level 3 credits through a mix of three components: classroom based learning, work placements and short courses.  The classroom based component focuses on Job Preparation Standards such as Career Planning. Students will also have the option of undertaking a Gateway placement relevant to their career focus. Short courses focus on gaining skills useful for the workplace such as Health and Safety or First Aid qualifications.

We aim to provide a flexible, individualised learning environment which has an emphasis on supporting your achievement.

Option 2: Te Kura

Students can choose a subject or course that is not taught at SMC. These courses are delivered online.  Have a look at the list provided below.

Te Kura Subjects

Option 3: University Courses

A Year 13 student may want to extend themselves by trying a University course. Canterbury and Waikato University provide a selection of courses that are suited to secondary students.

Canterbury University       Distance Courses

Waikato University     Waikato for Schools     

Option 4:  Work Experience

A flexible opportunity to experience time with an employer of your choice. Pathway into training or employment.

Option 5: Healthcare

Assisted learning in the Healthcare industry. This can be a gateway course through Careerforce, Porse ,Youthline and Sign language courses. These courses are usually a mix of theory and work placements .

Option 6: External Providers

Occasional one-off courses eg barista, bartending, first aid and health and safety courses. These courses are generally one to two days long and carry a number of credits with them. Students gain great work skills and they look great on a CV.

Option 7: Trades Academy

A range of courses delivered through Whitireia/Weltec. The student is committed to being at Whitireia for 1 or 2 days a week for the year.

Wellington Trades Academy

Option 8: Star

A range of courses that can be studied at Whitireia/Weltec or other ITO providers. These are taster courses that allow the student to experience a vocational pathway option. Usually involves 1 day per week for 5 weeks or a 2 day course.


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

  • meeting any course entry requirements
  • minimum class sizes
  • the availability of teaching staff

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.