Garin College Garin College

Level 1 English

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: A. Wright.

This course will include learning opportunities that create a foundational knowledge of the subject, as intended by the revised NCEA Level 1. The Big Ideas and Significant Learning (link) 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 stimulating and engaging courses around these features as well as assessments from the new standards in time for implementation in 2024. 

English is the study, use, and enjoyment of the English language, communicated orally, visually, and in writing, for a range of purposes and audiences and in a variety of forms. It is creative and critical, receptive and productive. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the study of English incorporates mātauranga Māori and considers our place in the Pacific. The Level 1 English course will include studying a range of texts, learning to understand significant aspects of unfamiliar texts, developing ideas in writing, and using writing conventions with increasing accuracy.

A Level 1 English course is a compulsory subject for all students.




Level 2 English

Career Pathways

Communications Professional, Marketing Specialist, Case Manager, Archivist, Historian, Librarian, Library Assistant, Accounts Officer, Office Administrator, Advertising Specialist, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Translator, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide, Radio Presenter, Television Presenter, Actor, Copywriter, Aeroplane Pilot, Author, Journalist, Technical Writer, Editor

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery


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.