Our aim is to provide the support our students will need to successfully transition from school into the world of work or further training and education. It is vital that we ‘enable all students to realise their full potential as individuals and to develop the values needed to become full members of society.’ (National Education Goal 1)


A whole school approach is used to develop our core values within careers education and guidance.

Our Careers Centre is located in A4.




Our aim is to track the academic progress of all students and to help them make informed decisions about their next steps. Requests can be made for one-on-one career guidance sessions, which are scheduled throughout the day, by popping in to A4 and making an appointment. Parents are also encouraged to come in with their child to discuss possible future pathways.


The Academic Deans are also actively involved with all of the students at the time of making option choices for the following year and again at the start of the academic year for course confirmation. This is closely linked to guidance on possible career pathways.


Careers guidance can help students to:

  • Examine their strengths as indicated by their personality profile

  • Start exploring possible career pathways

  • Research and find resources to help them make make informed choices

  • Investigate possible links with future learning providers and the world of work

  • Get assistance in writing a CV or in completing tertiary study and accommodation applications

  • Access possible work experience opportunities


Where to Start?

As the first step, all Year 9-13 students are to fill in the relevant pages on Career Central.


*Student and Parent Login are the same as is used for the school website.

  • Identify personal qualities, interests, career values and skills.

  • Browse, research and store jobs that they think will suit them.

  • Indicate intentions for the following year, including subjects they are considering or tertiary education.

  • Indicate interest in other programs (e.g gateway, taster courses, and trade academies.)

  • Create a CV.

  • View their interview notes.

  • Message the Careers Advisor or make a request (e.g a reference for a job).

  • Explore resources and opportunities such as event invitations, relevant notices and links to useful websites for further information.

  • Set personal, education, and careers goals.

  • View student interview notes in the student’s individual profile.

  • View their child’s responses from completed Career Central modules.

  • Contact the Careers Department.

  • Learn about the role of parents in career planning.

  • Due to anytime, anywhere access from any device, students are able to complete modules at home, with guidance from their parents.



Parents log in to the parent portal and are empowered to have career conversations so career planning can take place at home.


We would also highly recommend that students visit www.careers.govt.nz


This is a comprehensive website with starting points for those students who have no idea of where they are heading. It also provides specific information about occupations, employment prospects, pay, how to get into the job, the subjects that might be required, the minimum entry requirements and information on what the job is actually like.

See below for useful links within the CareersNZ website.

For the school code you are required to use and additional information, please come in to A4 and speak with your Dean.

It is really important that you speak to your Academic Dean if you are thinking of leaving at the end of Year 11 or 12. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get employment and if you are thinking of an apprenticeship, you stand a much better chance if you have achieved Level 2 NCEA and have your required numeracy and literacy credits.

The key employability skills that New Zealand employers are looking for are:

  • A positive attitude

  • Punctuality and reliability

  • Effective communication

  • Teamwork

  • Self-management

  • A willingness to learn

  • Thinking skills

  • Resilience

Thinking of Leaving School at the End of Year 11 or Year 12?

 Applying for a job and going to a job interview is unfamiliar and a little daunting for any school student. MoneyHub makes it easy though templates, tips and tricks and guiding you through the process, as well as outlining popular job interview questions and helpful template answers.



No idea yet? No problem!


Up-to-date information regarding tertiary courses, apprenticeships and employment pathways is available in our Careers Room.


Our primary means of communicating careers related information to students and caregivers is via the ‘Daily Notices’ and ‘Next Week at Mahu’. We will also post information about tertiary open days and job vacancies on this website as well as on the noticeboard outside the Careers Room.


We are also establishing closer links with ‘One Warkworth Business Association’ to strengthen community ties and increase work experience opportunities.


What credits do I need to gain NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3?


It is really important that you make this decision carefully as it is a huge investment in terms of your time and money. It is important to remember that while the Government has introduced the ‘First Year Fees Free’ policy, this does not cover accommodation costs. Investigating the universities and the degree courses that are available to you is worth every minute you spend on it and a little planning will help you make the most of opportunities available to you. Studying at a university develops not only your professional skills but also important life skills such as analysis, critical thinking, communication and innovation.

Thinking of Going to University?
  • What are my interests and strengths? What do I love doing? What are my future goals?

  • Which universities offer what I want to study?

  • Where is the campus located? Is it in a city, out of town or close to home?

  • What is the student population? Do I want to attend a large campus or would I prefer a smaller more college-like atmosphere?

  • What is the vibe of the university?

  • Does the university have all the facilities I’d want?

  • Is there university accommodation - Halls of Residence and what are the costs?

  • What student support services are available?

open days

Door with check mark

All universities and tertiary institutions have open days and attending these is a great way to get a feel for a particular institution. You will be provided with the opportunity to attend lectures, speak to lecturers and current students, tour the buildings and grounds, check out the accommodation and examine the various facilities. Open Days are not just for students in Year 13. If you are in Year 11 or 12 and want to find out more, this is an excellent opportunity for you to do so.


University Entrance Through NCEA

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum standard for entrance to a New Zealand university. To qualify a student will need:



60+ credits which includes three university approved subjects with a minimum of 14 credits in each.


10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of:

  • 5 credits in reading

  • 5 credits in writing


10 credits at Level 1 or above

Other Admission Pathways

Universities and other tertiary providers offer University Preparation courses for students without University Entrance or an equivalent qualification. You will need to check carefully with each university.


Some students who wish to go to university from Year 12 are also eligible to gain Discretionary Entrance based on outstanding Year 12 results.




Scholarships recognise academic excellence and potential and provide talented students with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills and receive additional financial support.


It is important to remember that you can apply for as many scholarships as you like and at multiple universities. However, you can only accept the scholarship from the university that you will be attending.


If you are of Maori or Pasifika descent, please make sure you check to see what specific scholarships the universities are offering.


When you apply online, you will be required to provide supporting documents with your application:

  • Personal statement : academic achievement, leadership, sporting, cultural and community achievements and involvement.

  • Statement about your study plans and ambitions.

  • List of accomplishments, awards, leadership positions.

  • Academic results

  • References - one of these is a confidential reference from the College and you will need to request this reference from Mrs Johnston.


 MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to the Student Loan scheme for any student planning to start university, polytechnic or another tertiary course in 2020. The comprehensive guide explains everything students (and their parents) need to know about how student loans work, including weekly entitlements, student allowances and a section demystifying the debt issue. 


The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) handbook contains:


  • Information about the 2021 UCAT exam

  • Key dates and test fees

  • An exam breakdown of the 5 subtests

  • Preparation and test tips

  • a 90-second UCAT quiz to test your skills


For further information and a look at a more detailed UCAT Handbook, pop into A4.

Thinking of Studying Medical, Dental or a Clinical Science Degree at University?


It is important that you work out how you are going to fund your study and living costs. For all the details on the financial support available from StudyLink, select button on left.


The money you will receive is a LOAN and you will have to pay it back. These loans help you to pay your course fees from your second year on, study materials (eg books, computer) and living costs.

You may also be eligible for a STUDENT ALLOWANCE from StudyLink. This is a weekly payment that can help with living expenses while you are studying. Not all students are eligible for this allowance and there will be an eligibility test that is part of the application process. You will be required to provide information on your parents / guardians’ income. In most cases, this money does not have to be paid back.




The Victoria University Faculty of Education provided some very interesting research findings on transitioning from a school to a tertiary environment which I have used to create this slideshow that I present to our Year 13 students. It looks at differences in the assessment systems, time management, advice on how to navigate the systems, financial advice and so forth. 


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