Social Sciences


  • Accounting gives students the tools to make real life financial decisions in a constantly changing and uncertain world.
  • Accounting is the process of preparing and communicating financial information to a wide range of users.
  • Accounting enhances financial literacy.
  • Accounting helps individuals and organizations to be accountable to stakeholders for their actions.

    Accounting enables students to develop the knowledge and skills to manage the financial affairs of individuals, communities, and businesses.
L1 Accounting (FarNet) overview
L2 Accounting (Welcom) overview
L2 Accounting 2 (FarNet) overview
L2 Accounting 2 (Baylink) overview
L3 Accounting (FarNet) overview
L3 Accounting (Volcanics) overview



Economics helps to explain and predict how goods and services will be produced and consumed. It will tell you who gets what, how, and why.

Economics explores issues of:

  • sustainability (efficient use of scarce resources)
  • enterprise (identifying profit-maximising levels of output)
  • citizenship (economic decisions affecting New Zealand society)
  • globalisation (the benefits of international trade).

Economists are interested in the factors that influence the well being of people and aim to find solutions to improve people’s standard of living.

L1 Economics (Volcanics) overview
L1 Economics (FarNet) overview
L2 Economics (HarbourNet) overview
L2 Economics (Volcanics) overview
L3 Economics (WelCom) overview



Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time – past, present, and future.

It explores the relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.

Geography investigates the ways in which features are arranged on the earth’s surface. It describes and explains the patterns and processes that create them.

Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse 

L1 Geography (NetNZ) overview
L1 Geography (FarNet) overview
L2 Geography (FarNet) overview
L2 Geography (Volcanics) overview
L3 Geography (WelCom) overview
L3 Geography 2 (HarbourNet) overview



History examines the past to understand the present. Where possible, history encompasses events occurring in New Zealand and/or global events involving or influencing New Zealanders. Historical scholarship encourages students to look for points of connection and for similarities and differences, and to focus on research that transcends the boundaries of nation states.Students are encouraged to question accepted interpretations of the past and to consider contesting theories of historians and commentators. This emphasis reflects contemporary historical scholarship.

L1 History (FarNet) overview
L2 History (FarNet) overview
L3 History (FarNet) overview


social studies

Senior social studies is about how societies work and how people can participate in their communities as informed, critical, active, and responsible citizens. Students examine the causes and effects of social issues that relate to identity, culture, and organisation, and learn to take actions that may bring about social improvement. They investigate how individuals, communities, and societies respond to change and how ideas about society develop over time.

L1 Social Studies  
L2 Social Studies  
L3 Social Studies (FarNet) overview