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Overview of things to consider when choosing senior options in 2011

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  • 1. Tips for selecting options for next year

2. Some things to think about...
It is ok to not know exactly what you will be!
Most people do not know what to be when they are still at High School
Up until their late 20s many people are still in the exploration phase of their careers. This involves exploring interests and abilities and investigating opportunities.
3. Tipsforyourchoice
4. Develop your self awareness
Complete the future education plan in your option booklet
Combine your
Career Ideas
To make your subject choice
5. You do best when you can trust your inner compass and recognise the directions that are right for you
- Dr Heather Carpenter Your 21st Century Career
6. Investigate
Gather information to make an informed decision
Research your options and make sure that you are keeping them broad if you dont know what you want to do!
7. Talk with
Family members
School Teachers, Deans, Careers Advisor
Career Services
8. A useful resource
Career Services website
Interactive tools
Career Quest
Subject matcher
Skill matcher
Section for students to help them with choosing subjects
9. Making the decision
Some things to work through:
What is it you want to achieve?
What can you do to achieve this?
What are your options?
What are the consequences if you were to choose one of the options?
Make the choice!
10. Universityentranceinformation for senior students
11. All universities are different so you will need to check out different entry requirements.
All universities require University Entrance as is shown with the circles on pg vi in your option booklets
Otago University is a very common destination so well look at what they require for University Entrance:
12. 2 pathwaysOption 1 = Preferential Entry(straight from school)
Be over the age of 16 and gain University Entrance PLUS one of the following:
Level 2 with M or E
Acheive an entry score of at least 140 points for NCEA Level 3
have accepted a place in a residential college owned by or affiliated to the University of Otago
have accepted a University of Otago undergraduate scholarship
be a Mori applicant, or a Pacific applicant of Polynesian or Melanesian descent, who holds or is studying towards a New Zealand university entrance qualification
13. 140 points?
These are able to come from up to 5 APPROVED subjects
Each A gets 2 points, a M credit is worth 3 points and an E 4 points
14. Option 2 Competitive Entry
If you are over 16 and gain University Entrance but not one of the above criteria you will be offered places in order of priority, subject to the availability of places in their nominated programmes.
15. Some other Uni Examples
Canterbury University standard University entrance
Victoria most courses 120 points, some 140 points
Massey 120 points
Auckland a range of points required depending on the course 140-180
16. Courses with other requirements
17. Health Sciences
This follows on to careers like becoming a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, pharmacist, medical laboratory scientist
This is a first year course which is competitive entry in to the second year.
Highly recommended subjects at Year 13 are Chemistry, Biology and Physics
Also recommended are English and Statistics
18. Teaching
You need University Entrance plus completing a separate application form plus an interview
There are no specific subjects you must take however, good communication skills are essential
It is also important that you involve yourself in the community (this looks good on your application)
19. Veterinary Science
This is a course that you can only do at Massey University
Competitive entry in to the second half of the year
Recommended subjects for Year 13 are English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry
20. Nursing
This is a degree offered through Polytechnics
You will need to take English, Biology and Chemistry
Very competitive entry. You need to do well in Biology and Chemistry.
If you are serious about Nursing you may need to look at places to study other than here in Dunedin (e.g. Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill)
21. Architecture
Can be studied as a Bachelors qualification at Victoria University or Auckland University or Unitec (also in Auckland) (Landscape architecture is also offered at Lincoln University)
Highly recommended subjects are Graphics, Physics, Calculus
Art, Computing, Statistics, English and Technology are also useful subjects
Auckland University requires a portfolio of work on application
22. Design/Fine Arts
Portfolios of work are usually required for entry to these courses along with University Entrance
Useful subjects include Painting, Photography, Graphics, Design (textiles), Hard Materials Technology, Computing, Media Studies (if you are looking at communication design)