Level 1 Religious Education

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Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Ward.

This course will include learning opportunities that create a foundational knowledge Religious Education, as intended by the revised NCEA Level 1. The Big Ideas and Significant Learning (see link below) will be the focus and this can then be assessed through the new Achievement Standards. Students will be offered assessment opportunities for a selection of these standards based on their progress through the course and how ready they are. It is expected that all students will be able to attempt three NCEA Level 1 assessments throughout each course for around 15 credits. Kaiako (teachers) are looking forward to developing exciting and engaging courses in time for implementation in 2024. 

Link to Big Ideas:

Term 1: Ā Tātou Whakapapa: Our Story. What is the Catholic story  in Aotearoa? Key aspects, beliefs and  practices of religious communities and their origins, development and impacts.

Term 2: Te Rongopai: Good News. The New Testament Gospels, particularly the Gospel of Luke. We examine one gospel narrative in detail exploring its themes and characteristics and how it connects with Catholic teaching and our culture today.

Term 3: Kia Noho Hāhi: Being Church. Morality and Moral Decision-Making. We recognise the sources of Christianity reality and their expression in the Catholic Social Teaching Principles, then apply them to contemporary ethical issues today.


Entry Guidelines

The best preparation for this course is for learners to engage in Year 10 Religious Education

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$7 Licence to use on-line digital resource

$5 Attitude Programme

Journey Programme Camp $200 (estimate)



An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.

All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.