Year 13 into Year 14

If you know you will be back at Marlborough Boys' College next year, then you will need to make options choices. This will follow the same format as if you were going into year 13. However, you will need to speak to your Dean and a careers advisor first. It is possible to take a mixture of Level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

As a student returning as a year 14 student, you will generally need to choose courses that are equivalent to five full-year courses. Some courses are for the whole year and some are half-year courses (semesters). If the course code has ‘A’ it means that it is a first half-semester course and ‘B’ is a second half-semester. Half-year semesters are an opportunity to continue with something for just a half year, gain experience of something new for half a year, or to take both half-year semesters (A and B) to study the full-year course as normal. 

A half-year course on its own cannot gain a course endorsement or qualify as a UE subject.

Students returning for Year 14 will choose a total of five or six full year courses, depending upon the advice from the Dean and careers advisor. If you choose 5 full year courses that are Approved University Entrance (Level 3) subjects (check here) you may choose only 5 options. There will also be guidance from the school that may mean you will need to add a sixth subject. 

  • There are no compulsory subjects at level 3.
  • Identify four full year courses (or a combination of semesters that totals four full year courses) with the highest priority for you - those that will be most important for your future plans.
  • Choose your 5th full year course (or two half year semesters)  - having a breadth of subjects is a good idea - this could be a subject that is very different from the other four you have chosen. 
  • English is not compulsory but remember, University Entrance does require Level 2 Reading and Writing (Literacy) credits. You will be directed to a course to complete these if required. (This may then be your 6th subject).
  • If you want to gain University Entrance (UE) your courses must include a minimum of three full year subjects with University approval.  You can check the approved list here. If all 5 of your chosen subjects are approved UE (Level 3) subjects, you may still choose a 6th subject if you wish.
  • If your 5 subjects are not UE Approved, you must choose a 6th subject. 
  • If you have only chosen 5 subjects, choose a Reserve subject in case we are not able to timetable you in all of your option choices – we will use this as a replacement if needed. 
  • Use subject codes (eg PHY300) from the Curriculum Booklet - you can include 100 or 200 level subjects.


Note: All of our courses are dependent on having enough students to run a class and having staff that can teach the subject

Sometimes courses are over-subscribed. When that happens places may be allocated according to your order of subject choice, students’ previous courses, or by ballot. If you do not complete your selection online by the required date you might not be able to choose courses that are over-subscribed.

Next steps

Look at the menu at the left of the screen and choose Course Selection.

This will bring up some further choices.  

If you click on View Courses for Me. you will see a list of all the courses that you could choose from. 

You don't have to commit immediately to a course. We have a lot of available courses for you at MBC and you will need time to find out whether you want to study that particular course. To help. you have the option of marking a subject as a favourite.

When you click on My Favourite Courses button, the courses you selected will be there for you, making it easier for you to focus on the courses that you are most interested in.

I'm still confused...

The above information should help you to find your way round the site. At MBC you can get support from your whānau teacher. There will be special whānau sessions to show you how to find out about courses and course selection.

If you are still lost and confused, there are some videos and additional resources in the Help section on the menu. You can click here to open a separate window to access this support.