Mount Aspiring College offers a diverse and engaging range of subjects designed to equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue the career pathways of their choice. We also work hard to create conditions for learning that give our students the learning habits they need to thrive in an unpredictable and ever-changing world. Our aim is to see every MAC graduate leave our school with the skills and self-knowledge they need to flourish in their future lives.

Junior years

To support the smooth transition of students into secondary school, our Year 7 and 8 students are taught mainly in a ‘homeroom’ situation where one teacher delivers the learning areas of Mathematics, English, Science and Social Sciences. Students also try a range of other subjects including Visual Art, Drama, Music, Computing, Materials Technology, Spatial and Product Design, Spanish, Te Reo Māori, Food and Nutrition, and Physical Education and Health. In Year 9, student integration continues with some cross-curricular delivery of subjects, and in Year 10, students can select a number of subjects based on their interests and future study and employment goals.

Senior years

In Years 11, 12 and 13, our students focus on NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 as they prepare for their future study and/or career paths. We also offer vocational education and training courses that give our students access to a range of pathways offering practical skills and training to prepare them for employment or tertiary study. Students can also do correspondence courses to widen their subject choices and students who are developmentally ready can access tertiary-level courses. Students who are scholarship candidates are supported within the college by their teachers and deans.

Find out more

Please view our curriculum overview and subject overviews to learn more about the teaching and learning we offer and to select subjects to study.  

Need help?

If you would like help in choosing subjects or have any questions about the content of different subjects, please speak to a student dean or classroom teacher.