NCEA Level 2 English

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Northern

Recommended Prior Learning

At least 10 Level One English credits.  If you do not have these credits, you will need the support of your Level 1 teacher to help you with your choice as our Level Two Literacy Development course may suit your needs more appropriately.

The  Level Two English courses are suitable for students who have completed a Level One English course.  You will read and study texts with more complexity, using skills of analysis learned in earlier years. All classes will also further develop your ability to plan, write and present your own work for a range of purposes and audiences. Some of these finished pieces may be used for assessment and others form the basis of preparation for external exams.  

All Level Two English courses offer the full amount of credits and assessments required for a student to complete University Entrance (UE) Literacy.  These particular requirements are five reading and five writing credits. Students who may be thinking about future tertiary study should be thinking about English at Level Two to help  improve their chances of success in tertiary study. Auckland University currently requires 17 credits specifically, in Level Two or Three English. Students who intend to continue with further study, should strongly consider continuing at Level Three.

Every course will include both a range of internal assessments, as well as external assessments. This range will be personalised where appropriate to meet the interests and needs of individual students.  Most students will easily complete at least 14 credits in internal assessments and be prepared for two of their choice of three, of the external exams.  External exams are each worth four credits.  This means the average student should complete 22 credits.  For more motivated students, more assessments are available.


The achievement standards attached to this course below are an indication of some of the internally and externally assessed standards you will be offered in your course.

Stationery Requirements:

1 x 1B8 


One 40 page or two 20 page clearfiles, one scrapbook


This course is eligible for subject endorsement.


Course Contribution: nil




NCEA Level 3 English

Career Pathways

Barrister, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Counsellor, Trainer, Interpreter, Musician, Driving Instructor, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Translator, Nanny/Child Carer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Recreation Co-ordinator, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide, Archivist, Historian, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Tertiary Lecturer, Actuary, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Lighting Technician, Animator/Digital Artist, Software Developer, Electronics Engineer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Systems Administrator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Information Technology Architect, Game Developer, User Experience Designer, Test Analyst, Network Administrator, Security Consultant, Film and Video Editor, Author, Baker, Journalist, Communications Professional, Technical Writer, Editor, Radio Presenter, Photographer, Television Presenter

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course Contribution: $20
Stationery Requirements: 1 x 1B4, headphones/earphones


Standards shown on courses are only an indication and not all may be offered at the time of study.