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Senior School Foundation Diploma

From 2022, our Year 11 students will follow a contemporary curriculum, the SMC Foundation Diploma, designed to maintain the strong pathway for achieving their full potential in Years 12 and 13 and beyond.

The SMC Foundation Diploma has been created in response to government changes to National Certificate for Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1, the qualification typically offered to Year 11 students. These changes include positioning NCEA Level 1 partly as an exit qualification for those entering the workforce after Year 11, and with this, the loss of specialist subjects in science and humanities.

As an independent school, St Margaret’s College has the flexibility to choose our own curriculum to best meet the needs of our girls, all of whom continue their studies into Year 12.

The SMC Foundation Diploma provides for increased teaching and learning time, a wide range of specialist subject options, and a tailored and rigorous assessment model incorporating a variety of modes of assessment, laying the groundwork for success in NCEA Levels 2 and 3, and the International Baccalaureate. It is based on St Margaret’s College’s commitment to provide opportunities for holistic growth and wellbeing, with modules designed to strengthen character, service and leadership skills. 

Students will be required to study three compulsory subjects: English, mathematics, and one specialist science subject. They will also select three optional subjects, from a wide range of specialist subjects across science, humanities and arts.

Hear more from our Head of Senior School, Sian Evans, and the perspectives of our Senior School students here: