Students Entering Year 13

The Lynfield College Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students by providing a wide variety of courses available for selection. Level 3 courses provide a stimulating academic challenge. The results of Level 3 standards will be used to qualify for University Entrance and to "limited entry" courses. There are opportunities to mature personally as well as developing leadership skills.


Students entering Year 13 at Lynfield College are expected to take FIVE courses plus Study (3STY). A well balanced course programme is required. If you are not taking a Full Level 3 programme then you will be taking 6 subjects and no Study.

  • A sixth course may be taken with approval by the Dean.
  • No more than two Arts related courses may be taken.
  • No more than two Physical Education related courses may be taken.
  • Students need to check the requirements of future courses to ensure that an appropriate Level Three programme is selected.

Other Information

  • Most courses consist of 16-20 credits.
  • Achievement Standards and Unit Standards can provide credits for Tertiary entrance or qualifications - see the most up to date University Entrance requirements which can be found in the careers centre.
  • To obtain Level 3 National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), a candidate needs to get at least 60 credits. 
  • If students are aiming for a degree course at a tertiary instutution they are best to do a full Level 3 programme of five courses. The requirements for entry to University and for limited entry courses should be checked.
  • Most Year 13 students study for Level 3 in order to gain entry to University courses. However, a full (5 course) Level 3 programme is not appropriate or advised for anyone who has not gained a Level 2 certificate. Permission from the Dean and relevant Heads of Faculty will only be given in exceptional circumstances for those students to do a full Level 3 course.