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Courses of Study

Select your year level

Years 7 to 10
Year 11
Year 12 to 13

Middle School – Years 7 to 10

Creative and critical thinking

Our strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills continues in middle school. At this stage, creative and critical thinking are also important, and ICT is integrated into most courses.

If your child wants to pursue Mandarin in Years 9 and 10, they must have at least one year of prior learning – either at ACG Parnell College or elsewhere.

Subjects Years 7 to 10

Chinese Mathematics Science
Computer Science (two terms) Music/Visual Art/Drama Spanish
English Physical Education/Health Thinking Skills (two terms)

Middle School – Year 11 (IGCSE Level)

International study & leadership

At this level, students are able to start specialising in subject areas. With the help of teaching staff, your child will be able to choose some of their own courses, as long as specified entry standards are met for each subject.

Your child will usually take six IGCSE subjects plus Leadership (1 period per week). AS subjects are available if your child meets the entry criteria.

Compulsory Subjects:

  • English language
  • English literature
  • Mathematics


Your child may select three subjects from the following and we recommend including a science subject.

Optional Subjects:

Accounting Art and Design Biology
Business Studies Chemistry Chinese
Computer Science Design and Technology Economics
Geography History Music
Physical Education Physics Spanish

For their final two years of school, students choose to study either the Cambridge A Level programme or the IB Diploma.

Cambridge A Levels

Most students at this level take four subjects each year. Year 12 courses usually consist of all AS subjects, while Year 13 courses may include either AS or A2 subjects. Please note that your child must have prior study to meet the criteria for foreign language subjects.

AS Level

Compulsory Subjects:
AS English language or AS English literature.

Optional (choose three)

Art and Design Computing Mathematics
Accounting Digital Media and Design Music
Biology Design and Technology Physical Education
Business Studies Drama Physics
Chemistry Economics Psychology
Chinese Geography Sociology
Classic Studies History Spanish

A2 Level

Choose three or four

Art and Design Computing Music
Accounting Design and Technology Physical Education
Biology Economics Physics
Business studies Geography Psychology
Chemistry History Sociology
Chinese Mathematics Spanish

IB Diploma

The ACG Parnell College IB Diploma Programme is a two-year academic course. Each student studies six subjects of their choice, plus three core elements: ToK (Theory of Knowledge), EE (Extended Essay) and CAS (Community, Action and Service). The maximum grade total for subjects and core for the IB Diploma is 45 points.


Choose one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5, then a sixth subject from any of Groups 3, 4 or 6. Maximum grade per subject is 7, totalling 42.


Every student takes part in the core areas below throughout the Diploma Programme. Maximum grade for core work is 3.

Group 1: Literature English, Chinese, Korean
Group 2: Learned Language English, Chinese, Spanish Ab Initio, Chinese Ab Initio
Group 3: Humanities Economics. Psychology, History
Group 4: Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5: Mathematics Higher Level, Standard Level, Math Studies
Group 6: Visual Art and Music Visual Arts, Music

Success stories

Top A Level student in New Zealand receives three ‘Outstanding’ NZ Scholarships

ACG Parnell student Caleb Probine has been awarded scholarships in Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Calculus. Three were at ‘Outstanding’ level.
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Student to represent NZ in international Brain Bee in South Korea

ACG Parnell College student Sophia Ye won first place in the Australasian Brain Bee Competition held at the Australasian Neuroscience Society Conference in Brisbane recently.
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More Information

If you would like to know more about our curriculum and the subjects we offer please contact us.