The curriculum offered at Queen Charlotte College enables every student to participate in the eight Essential Learning Areas of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework in order to gain the knowledge and understanding needed for a broad and balanced education. They provide the context within which skills, attitudes and values are developed.
Where it is appropriate senior students are encouraged to follow multi-level courses of study. Acceleration of the very able is identified and in all subjects extension is encouraged.
Subject combinations are arranged to suit the majority of students. Courses will run provided there are sufficient students to form a class and that the requested combination of classes can be timetabled. If the class size is uneconomic it may be possible for students to be enrolled with the Correspondence School. On occasions subject choice can also be expanded by joint enrolment with the Correspondence School. In the past Accounting and Languages have been studied in this way.
As far as possible we operate a homeroom for Year 7 and 8 where one teacher teaches more than one subject. This is an attempt to ease the transition into secondary school so students feel comfortable and gradually adjust to the more diverse secondary timetable. As we are constantly undergoing self review, and the New Zealand Curriculum Framework is progressively being introduced, the curriculum is subject to change.
Our Employment Skills programme enables students to participate in a wide range of study areas for personal interest and career enhancement.
Opportunities in Outdoor Education are available to all students.
Queen Charlotte College encourages all adult learners and we can accommodate most interests. Some adults take one or two subjects for interest or to prepare them for higher certification in their jobs, while others may be enrolled full time or part time to study for NCEA and NQF Qualifications.
QCC offers structured workplace learning in association with the Tertiary Education Commission through the Gateway Programme. (This learning eases the passage of students from school to employment.)
Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Academy (QCCAA) was initiated during 2002 as a partnership between Queen Charlotte College and the New Zealand Marine Farming Association (NZMFA).