Careers Pathways


For those of you who some ideas regarding your possible career options, please check that you are doing the right subjects to allow you to proceed to these careers. Those of you who do not have any defined ideas of possible careers will need to read, and think through, all the following career information to avoid being limited in your choice of careers by the subject choices you make now.

·       All advanced scientific and technical occupations require Mathematics to NCEA Level 2. You need to continue with Mathematics if you are interested in careers such as Accountancy, Physical Education, Psychology, Medicine, Home Science, Health and Physical Sciences.

·       If you want to keep a scientific or engineering career open as a possibility, you should take Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

·       Most science careers require Biology with Chemistry, or Physics with Chemistry.

·       If you are definitely not interested in any of the above careers, the choice of subjects for you is less critical, although the inclusion of Mathematics in your course increases the range of career opportunities which may be open to you.

·       Some students may undertake a modified, individual programme that leads towards alternative national qualifications, such as the National Certificate in Work & Employment Skills.


In Years 10-11 students are encouraged to keep their options open and select subjects from a range of subject areas, especially taking at least one English, Maths, and Science subject. In Years 12-13 and/or as students become more aware of the career pathway they may be focusing on, they could decide to narrow their focus. However, variety does continue to give students options and add interest to their timetable. The career advice given below is very general and it is important to do your own research. When applying for a course, it is essential to contact the specific training institution to learn current requirements.

New Zealand Universities NCEA University Entrance (UE) will be required. All universities have extensive websites which detail entrance requirements. Some courses require more than NCEA UE; for example higher NCEA qualifications, portfolios, and selection interviews.

Many universities are interested quality of your credits gained. It is therefore important to gain the highest possible grade for Achievement Standards.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and other polytechnics You must meet the specific entry requirements for your particular course. See your chosen tertiary provider’s prospectus, or go on line for their entry requirements.

Apprenticeships Minimum requirements vary but NCEA Level 2 literacy and numeracy are beneficial. To find out more, check the appropriate industry training organisation (ITO) website;


Bethlehem College students are strongly encouraged to utilise our ‘Careers Central’ software: This is a comprehensive resource which helps students to explore their strengths and potential future career pathways. Career Central contains a resources section with links to:

·       careers information

·       universities

·       tertiary training providers

·       trades providers

·       school leavers information

·       financial advice

·       and more.

It also contains:

·       an inbuilt CV builder

·       a wide-ranging job search tool

·       a careers quiz (“Bulls Eye”)

Students can save all their information and research as they go and come back to it anytime throughout Years 10 – 13.

Additionally, the Learning Centre (Q104) has brochures from most tertiary institutions, and students are welcome to call in and read/take these. Students are also able to make an appointment with their Academic Dean or the Careers Advisor, Mrs Exelby, to discuss future career pathways.

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