Careers Information Relating to Subject Choice

There is a lot of information available to students to help consider possible future careers.

Some useful websites include:

  • CAREER CENTRAL - cc.school.nz (login using school email address)

The information in the following table has been provided by the Careers Department. The table shows the subjects that are necessary or highly recommended for the common careers listed.

If you have a strong wish not to take a recommended subject, see a Careers staff member to see if there is any possible exception or alternative. For specific entry criteria for different tertiary institutes - check their websites.

N.B: "/" means "or"

CAREER / STUDY OPTION

YEAR 11

YEAR 12

YEAR 13
Apprenticeships (e.g. Building, Motor Mechanics, Plumbing, Carpentry)English
Maths
English
Maths
(for electrical and electronic options)


Animal Science / Agriculture / Horticulture / Viticulture

Maths
English
Science

Biology
Chemistry
English
Maths

Biology
Chemistry
English
Statistics

Army, Navy, Airforce
(most trades require)

Maths
English
Science





Maths
English
a Science


Architecture 

Maths
Science
Art
Graphics 
English


Art
Graphics
Maths
English
Physics


Art
Graphics
Calculus
English / Classics /
Art History
Physics


Architectural  Technology
(drafting)

Maths
English

Maths
English 



Art / Design 

Art

Art Photography Design


Painting
Photography
Design
Art History  (useful)

Arts degrees 
(humanities
& social sciences)

English /  History / Geography/ Languages  Maths Music etc.

English / History / Geography/ Languages
Maths
Music / Art History etc.


English / History / 
Art History / Classics / 
Geography / Maths /
Languages / 
 Music etc

Commerce / Property
(degree)

Maths
English

Maths
English

At least 3 of: Accounting, Economics, Maths, Calculus, Statistics, English, Geography, History, a science etc.
Business

Business 
 
(diploma)

English Accounting Economics


Accounting / Economics / Business


Communication studies / Journalism

English

English

Media / English /
Geography / History / Classics / Art History /  Drama / Health


Computing / Information Science / Software Development

English
Maths

English
Maths
Computer Science / Digital Technology


Calculus / Statistics
Computer Science /
Digital Technology

Construction Management / Quantity Surveying

Maths
Science
English

Maths
Physics
Economics
Graphics

Calculus / Statistics
Physics
Economics
Graphics

Dentistry 

Maths
Science English

Biology Chemistry Physics
Maths
English

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Statistics / Calculus
English


Engineering
(Diploma)

Maths
Science English  

Maths
Physics
English


Calculus / Statistics

Engineering (degree)

Maths
Science English

English
Maths
Physics Chem (useful)  


Calculus
Physics
Chemistry (useful)    

Fashion Design

Fabric technology


Fabric technology / Fashion

Fabric technology /
Fashion

Food Technology

Science
Maths

Physics Chemistry
Maths

Physics
Chemistry
Calculus


Hospitality / Chef

English
Food Technology
Hospitality


English
Hospitality

Landscape Design 

Art

Art / Design / Graphics


Art / Design / Graphics

Law 

English
Maths


English

language rich subjects

Medical Imaging Technology

English
Maths
Science

English
Maths
a Science

English
Maths
a Science

Medicine

Maths
Science
English

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Maths
English  

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Statistics
English / Geography /
History /
Art history / Classics


Medical Laboratory Science 

Maths
Science

Biology
Chemistry
Maths
Physics
English

Biology
Chemistry
Statistics / Calculus
Physics
English


Music performance

Music

Music

Music

Nanny

English

English
Early Childhood (useful)


Nursing

Science
Maths

Biology or another Science
Maths
English

one of Biology /
Chem / Physics
one of English /
Geography / Classics / History / Art History


Occupational Therapy 

Science
Maths
English

any,
Health
Science


any,
Health
Science

Performing Arts

Drama
English

Drama
English

Drama
English


Pharmacy

Science
Maths
English

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Maths
English

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Statistics / Calculus
English


Physiotherapy

Maths
Science
English

Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Maths
English

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Statistics / Calculus
English


Pilot

Maths
Science
English

English
Maths
Physics

English
Calculus
Physics
Statistics


Police  /
Customs Officer

English
Maths

English
Maths


Any

Psychology

Science
Maths
English

Biology
Maths
English

Biology
Statistics

Science
(degree) 

Science
Maths

Maths
Biology / Physics / Chemistry /
Geography /  Computer Science

Biology / Physics /
Chemistry / Statistics / Calculus / Maths /
Computer Science /
Geography / PE


Social Work 

English
Maths


any

any

Sport and Recreation 

any

English
Biology (helpful) PE


English
Biology (helpful)
PE

Surveying 

(degree)

Maths
Science
English

Maths
Geography / Digital Technology / Physics

Calculus
Statistics
Geography / Digital
Technology / Physics

Teaching

Maths
Science English


English

any

Tourism &
 Travel / Flight Attending

any,
Languages useful

any, 
Tourism &Travel (useful)


Veterinary Science 

Maths
Science

Chemistry Physics
Biology
Maths
English

Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Statistics / Calculus
English


Veterinary Nurse

English
Science
Maths

English
at least 1 Science

2 Sciences (if going straight into degree instead of starting with certificate / diploma)