Study at LBC

Studying at Long Bay College

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 Senior Internationals till early December.
  • The academic year ends early/mid December, though Seniors will have study leave to prepare for exams from early November.


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.

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

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

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 Dean 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.


Long Bay College also offers a supplementary English language programme both after school and in the holidays.

Academy classes are small and focused. IELTS classes are also offered. Tutors are experienced and cater for all levels of English, reinforcing the learning students do in class during the school day.

All Academy classes are available at a small extra charge.
A price list is available on request.

University preparation advanced English course

Long Bay College also works alongside Massey University to offer students a Foundation Course. These classes take place at the Long Bay College campus and help accelerate pathways to University.

End of Year Programme

Our End of Year Programme for Senior students is available in November once Study Leave starts for NCEA Externals.

Long Bay College offers a combination of workshops from a range of subjects across the school to provide students with the opportunity to get a taste of New Zealand subjects they wouldn’t normally experience.

Excursions around the local area and a New Zealand-style camp are also organised for students to enjoy.

Student achievements

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.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Long Bay College provides cutting-edge 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 studies, pastoral concerns and academic pathways.


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. Engligh literature is also explored in some programmes.


The Languages Faculty offers study in:

  • Te Reo Maori
  • French
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Classes from Year 9 to Year 13 focus on building progressively more sophisticated communication skills and incorporate the study of culture and tradition. Students in language classes may also have the opportunity to participate in competitions and trips where the target language is spoken.


The focus of the Mathematics Faculty is the academic success of students, with dedicated teachers working with the most up-to-date technology.

Business Studies

The Business Faculty offers a variety of subjects that allow students to gain useful real-life experiences and an understanding of the world of work in a New Zealand and global context. Subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Business Studies Extension
  • Economics
  • Sales and Marketing

Performing Arts

With over 500 students involved in classroom study, class and college productions, musical groups, dance concerts, Stage Challenge, Shakespearean performance and more, the Performing Arts Faculty provides a positive and valuable outlet for creativity and artistic talent. Subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education Faculty’s objective is to assist with developing students into well-adjusted individuals: physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Students research and investigate current issues around health and physical activity, and the influences these have on the self, others and society. Subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Sports Leadership and Performance
  • Physical Education
  • Health
  • Athlete Development


An animated and popular faculty, Science is a combination of practical inquiry, theory and everyday adaptations. Science subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physics
  • Science External
  • Science Internal

Social Science

The Social Science Faculty focuses on how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present and future and from places within and outside New Zealand, preparing students for an understanding of the physical and cultural world around them. Subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Classics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Social Science
  • Tourism


This dynamic, high profile faculty offers a wide range of practical subjects in state of the art facilities, including a Design and Visual Communication department which is recognised as one of the best in New Zealand. NCEA and competition success feature regularly, with students gaining some of the top awards locally and nationally. Subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Wood Technology
  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Fabric Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design and Visual Communications

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts faculty has customised facilities and expert teaching staff. It caters for students’ creative learning from Year 9 through to Year 13, enabling students to develop a high standard of art and a strong understanding of visual communications techniques. Subjects on offer depend on the year level at which the student is studying. They include:

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Moving Image/Sculpture
  • Design
  • Painting

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