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The Course

Students who gain entry into the Academy will take a specially designed Science course that takes up two option lines in their timetable.

They will also be in a new home group created to support them academically and pastorally.

Topics of study include:

  • Genetics
  • Microbes
  • Life Processes
  • Acids and Bases
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Researching a Biological Issue

Students will also go on field trips and tours to hospitals to view the possible careers available. There will also be opportunities to hear from Pasifika professionals within the health industry.



Students will need to fill in an application form to apply for the Academy.

Students will then be shortlisted and be interviewed by a panel of teachers.

To gain success in the Academy, students need to have a good work ethic, be dedicated to their studies and show a passion or interest in the health sector. Students will also need to  have the ability to cope with a high work load and maintain their grades under pressure.

Application forms will be available late in Term 3.


Where does it lead to?

At the completion of the first year, students will continue to be part of the Medical Science Academy for Years 12 and 13. The school and the Waitemata District Health Board will continue to support these students through their studies.

At the end of Year 13, those students who are still interested in continuing into the health industry will be supported by the DHB. There will be Scholarships available as well as assistance to find jobs after the completion of their studies.


Waitakere College is a successful mid-sized secondary school located in the heart of West Auckland.