Level 3 Pasifika Studies

3PAS
Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Fry

Recommended Prior Learning

Preferably an ability in a Pasifika language and/or an interest in Pasifika culture in the Pacific Islands and globally.


Pasifika Studies aims to develop a student’s Pasifika language, critical thinking about different aspects of Pasifika culture(s) as well as performance and written/oral presentation skills. Samoan language, Tongan language and Cook Island Māori language are all University Entrance subjects if students continue these to Level 3. 

Our Pasifika Studies course works as a village: students from Years 10-13 have class together. Students who are fluent in Samoan, Cook Is Māori and Lea Faka-Tonga can be assessed through Achievement Standards (including two external exams); Graded Pacific Studies Unit Standards are also on offer, including an investigation and a presentation standard. Dance standards can be part of the course.  

Students will choose up to 4 standards or 18 credits from those offered.

Course endorsement is available.

or University Entrance, but all 14 credits must come from the same language and cannot include Pacific Studies unit standards.



Learning Areas:

Ngā Reo - Learning Languages