Alfriston College has an innovative curriculum that encourages integration across different learning areas, attempts to provide learners with whānau based learning opportunities and focuses on independent learning as an essential skill.

Learning is a progression and pathway. The learning pathway at Alfriston College is a three step process. 



Level 3 Courses

Year 12 learners have been emailed details about the course selection process. All learners should make their selection using the google form. Detailed information about each course is obtained by selecting the links below.

The Arts


Health and Physical Education

Learning Languages

Mathematics and Statistics


Social Sciences



1. Learning in Year 9 and Year 10

Learning in the junior school is focused on developing young people who are connected, confident, competent and of good character with a zest for learning.
We want all learners to feel a sense of belonging in our school and to our Whanau. There is a very strong connection between whānau and learning. Our Year 9 learners primarily learn in Whanau-based groupings, with the majority of their learning leaders also being from the same Whanau.
Good learners are able to transfer knowledge and skills to new contexts, and are self-aware and self-regulating with regard to not only the present, but their futures too.
We want to enable all learners to experience success. In addition to gaining meaningful qualifications in the senior school, we want learners to be prepared for life beyond school with a set of dispositions - our 10 Independent Learner actions.
All planning for learning in Year 9 is informed by the Alfriston College Learning Design Principles. There is emphasis on connected, authentic and relevant contexts and skills.
The core learning area curricula are delivered through an integrated programme known as whānau Based Learning, delivered by a core team of consistent and specialist learning leaders. Learners experience the Arts, Learning Languages, Technology and Sport through Imagine, Create and Innovate (ICI) programmes of learning.


Whanau-based Learning

  •  Is an ‘integrated’ curriculum delivering the AOs of the core learning areas (English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Health & PE) with emphasis on the  development of a core set of learning dispositions and skills ultimately transferable to learning in the senior school.
  •  Is based around a learner’s place in and connection to their world view which will include their own whakapapa and heritage, Alfriston College, Manurewa,  Auckland, New Zealand, Earth, the Universe and the future.
  •  Is delivered by a small, consistent, connected team of learning leaders – the Learning Team.
  •  Is a time and place where individual learners’ learning goals and pathways are co-constructed, recorded and used to track and review progress. These are 24/7  accessible to parents and whānau via Linc Ed.
  •  Is a programme of learning that builds on learners’ capacities to be connected, confident, competent learners of good character with a zest for 720 minutes per  week is given to Whanau-based Learning.


Imagine, Create, Innovate (ICI) Learning

  •  Is an opportunity for all learners to engage with the Arts, Technology, Learning Languages and Sports curricula and associated skills.
  •  Encourages imagination, creativity and innovation.
  •  Learners select three I C I classes per term.
  •  Learners will be guided in their selection process by their Amokura to ensure curriculum and skill development.

2. The Graduation Programme


Learning in Year 11 is divided into three trimesters, each of 12 weeks. For each trimester, learners select a combination of project-based learning classes and passion learning classes.

In each project-based class learners will design and follow their own plan for a project which is linked to a big driving question. The project will integrate learning from three different curriculum areas and will generate evidence for assessment against three or more achievement standards in the same three curriculum areas, with multi-level assessment available if appropriate. Project-based learning classes will be a collaborative environment with up to 50 learners and 2 learning leaders sharing a space. Learners select two project-based learning classes each trimester.

Passion classes provide learners with opportunities to follow their interests and passions for learning. Each trimester learners select three different passion classes. Learners could choose to try something new in each class every trimester or they could focus on a deep passion for learning in a particular area of the curriculum.  Passion classes offer assessment opportunities in a single curriculum area and occur in a smaller environment with one Learning Leader.

Occasionally a project-based class or a passion class may run over two or three trimesters. This gives learners greater opportunity to build evidence for portfolio assessments.  In all project-based classes and passion classes internal assessment will occur at appropriate times during each trimester and external assessment will take place during the NCEA examination period in November and December.

By choosing their own combination of passion and project-based classes, and by designing their own projects and choosing their own assessments, learners can build a highly personalised programme of learning and assessment for NCEA level 1.



3. The Qualification Programme

Years 12 and 13 courses focus on the acquisition of external qualifications and preparing learners for life after school.  Learners select a programme from a range of courses designed to lead either to a tertiary academic qualification, tertiary vocational qualification or employment.



All classes are timetabled to accommodate individual subject choices. NO subjects are compulsory.

Learners must select 6 subjects and have Independent Learning time. ILC offers mentoring, monitoring, careers advice and flexible learning time.



All classes are timetabled to accommodate individual subject choices. NO subjects are compulsory.

Learners must select 5 subjects and have Independent Learning time. ILC offers mentoring, monitoring, careers advice and flexible learning time.



Meeting all Learner's needs

Learning opportunities are Learner centred. Specific programmes have been designed to meet the needs of all learners. Not all children learn the same way at the same time. Learning Leaders provide differentiated leaning opportunities in their classes to cater for various learning styles andpersonalities. The school offers programmes to support specific groups of learners:
  • Gifted and talented learners are provided with programmes that expand their knowledge and challenge them to excel.
  • ESOL programmes.
  • Inclusive Education operates to assist students that need some specific support to enable them to access the curriculum and enhance their learning.
  • i-extend classes provide literacy, numeracy and opportunities for targeted groups of learners to achieve their goals. This time also allows learners to furtherpursuesubjects their own interest.
  • Vocational pathways - opportunities exist through GATEWAY, STAR, Trades Academys and Youth Apprenticeships for learners to access tertiary qualifications and attend work placements.
You can read about further initiatives Alfriston College has in place to support our learners here.