Kelston Boys’ High School offers the National Certificate of Educational Achievement - NCEA -  pathway. 

The Junior school curriculum structure has been designed to provide students with a depth of experience in a broad range of subjects.

Courses in the Senior school are designed to meet the needs of the individual student. This gives all students the opportunity to enjoy learning and experience academic success.​​​​​​​


Year 9 students follow the New Zealand Curriculum and will study the five core subjects:

  • English,
  • Mathematics,
  • Science,
  • Social Studies,
  • Health & Physical Education or Rugby Academy (by application). 

They will have the opportunity to experience all areas of the Arts, Technologies, and Languages that we offer at Kelston.

  • Technology - Hard Materials & Digital Technologies.   Students will experience one semester of each of the Technology courses.
  • Arts - Drama, Music, and Visual Art.  Students will experience one semester of each of the 3 Arts courses.
  • Languages - Te Reo Maori and Samoan. Students choose 1 language to study as a full-year course.


Students in Year 10 will continue to study the 5 core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health & Physical Education, or Rugby Academy (by application) and they will choose two full-year option courses.

Y10 option courses:  Art, Business Studies, Design & Visual Communications, Digital Technologies, Drama, Hard Materials, Music, Te Reo Maori, Japanese, Samoan.


Students must study English and Mathematics. Science is highly recommended and choose three other courses. Six courses in total. Students are placed in course which allows them to succeed but also challenges them academically.


Students must study English; Mathematics is highly recommended and choose four other courses. Six courses in total. For a student to study a course at Level 2, he must have met the entry criteria which in most cases is 14 credits in the course at Level 1, or at the discretion of the HoD.  Students may well have a multilevel programme studying courses at Levels 1, 2, and 3.


Students choose 5 courses. For a student to study a subject at Level 3, he needs to have met the entry criteria, which in most cases is 14 credits in the course at Level 2.

To gain NCEA Level 3 you must achieve 60 credits at Level 3, plus 20 credits at Level 2 or above.  To gain University Entrance (UE) you will need to take 3, 4, or 5 UE-approved courses.  Entry to Auckland University requires 17 Literacy credits at L2 & L3.


Students who show well above average academic ability are given the opportunity to be accelerated and enriched in Mathematics, English, and Science. These students may sit some achievement standards in Year 10. This programme will allow students to:

  • Study a broader range of subjects at Level 3 enabling entry into restricted courses at University such as Law, Engineering, and Commerce. These courses require students to gain between 80 and 100 credits at Level 3.
  • Enter the NCEA Scholarship examinations in subjects where they are particularly able.
  • Enter Stage 1 papers offered by the University of Auckland. These papers can be credited to University degrees.


A special learning programme has been developed for students with learning difficulties The Mātou Tātou Centre has classes with small numbers and are guided by specialist teachers. The students are taught at their own pace according to their individual needs.