Course Booklets

The Edgecumbe College curriculum is under review and we invite our school whanau to contribute to discussions around this.

The key competencies are the capabilities people have, and need to develop, to live and learn today and in the future. 

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies: 


All students will have the opportunity through every subject to develop and extend their key competencies. Key competencies are not just for young people – students, teachers, leaders, parents, community members are all both teachers and learners.

Juniors are well-placed for unique opportunities by participating in all areas of the curriculum, allowing them to discover new experiences and passions. Juniors study six core subjects and then try a term in each of our options as a taster, so they can explore different avenues. Juniors also choose electives each term. These vary based on the interests of students, but currently include:

  • Kapahaka
  • Badminton
  • Zentangle & Scrapbooking
  • Butchery
  • Leatherwork
  • Skateboarding
  • Journalism & writing
  • Table Tennis
  • Virtual reality Classroom/Minecraft
Seniors have a curriculum tailored to each individual to provide future career success. There are some core subjects and choices of other options depending on their interests, strengths and goals.
Edgecumbe College offers NCEA in levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as a number of qualifications including apiary, small machinery, chainsaw skills, the barista makes. 
Students are supported to create career plans that may involve consideration to further education or training, or in-work placement. Edgecumbe College supports our students to achieve the needed frameworks required for these post-school choices. 
Edgecumbe College students have the opportunity to participate in Trades and Gateway programmes, providing on-site work experience in a number of sectors including media, hospitality, engineering, small motors.