High Ranking Results

At Long Bay College, we are proud of our students’ academic achievements. Students’ NCEA results are consistently higher than national average in all areas, as can be seen from the academic achievement graph. In 2020, all International students who graduated with L3 NCEA have gone on to further study at university.  We also had our highest percentage of Excellence Endorsements at L3 for International student.

             Academic Results 2021

An ever-increasing number of International students have gained academic success through their studies at Long Bay College.

Recent success stories have included entry to the following courses:

  • Architecture, Engineering, Maths, Physics, Medical Science and Education at Auckland University
  • Veterinary Science, Business and Nutritional Science at Massey University
  • Sport Science and Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Information Technology and Construction Management at UNITEC
  • Hospitality Management at Victoria University
  • Medical Science at Otago University

Long Bay College also has a number of students using their achievements at NCEA to gain entry to a range of Japanese, Thai, German and Australian universities.

Studying at Long Bay College


International Orientation runs before classes start. New students will meet the International team, undergo an Initial Placement Test to determine English levels, choose a timetable, see what life is like at school and in the community, and enjoy socialising with fellow students.

The Academic Year

  • The academic year at Long Bay College is divided into 4 terms, each of approximately 10 weeks.
  • The school year starts late January/early February.
  • Each term is separated by a 2 week break.
  • Holiday Academy will run during the 2 week breaks, so students can continue progressing in English.
  • During Senior study leave, an additional End of Year Programme is offered for International Students till early December.
  • The academic year ends early/mid December, though Seniors will have study leave to prepare for exams from early November.

Subject Choices

Curriculum Guide 2022
Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Business Studies Extension
  • Economics
  • Sales and Marketing
Health and Physical Education
  • Practical Physical Education and Sports Leadership
  • Physical Education
  • Health
  • Early Childhood Education
Global Studies – Languages
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Te Reo Maori
  • French
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Enrichment
  • Targeted Numeracy
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physics
  • General Science
Social Science
  • Classics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Tourism
  • Wood Technology
  • Engineering
  • Soft Material Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Cuisine & Hospitality Studies
  • Digital Technology Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Design and Visual Communications
Visual Arts
  • Art
  • Digital Art
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music


Long Bay College provides modern courses for all English language learners, based on individual needs and chosen pathways.


Effective and relevant programmes help students to become confident and proficient in English. By studying at Long Bay College, students are not only supported in everyday life in New Zealand, but are also able to access the entire curriculum at the school and be successful in their academic studies.

EAP courses have been carefully designed to provide the framework for language learning, as well as the skills required to achieve at NCEA. All levels of English are catered for, from Beginners to Advanced. Many courses are also NCEA accredited and provide a pathway to University Entrance literacy.

All students will be assessed for English levels on arrival. Progress will then be carefully monitored, and the EAP teacher, along with the Head of EAP, will regularly review language levels.

All EAP classes are taught in a positive, inclusive learning environment. Dedicated teachers will get to know students well and will also support them in their

The English curriculum is designed to assist students in acquiring the language skills they need to function effectively in a highly literate, often multi-lingual society. English literature is also explored in some programmes.


National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and Pathways to Tertiary Study

New Zealand’s National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are national qualifications for senior secondary school students, which are internationally recognised.

NCEA challenges students of all abilities to acquire skills and knowledge. It enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programmes.

Developing creativity and skills of analysis, reasoning and evaluation, as well as working independently or within a group, are all important parts of NCEA to prepare students for university and a rapidly changing world.

There are two forms of testing of NCEA: Externals (examinations at the end of the year) and Internals (projects and assessments throughout the year).

The International Student Coordinator works closely with the Head of EAP and the Careers Dean to ensure that all students have relevant timetables which create pathways to university and the world of work.