Hi,

I’m a Year 12 student in NZ who wants to do Health Sci First Year at Uni, but at the moment I’m in a huge dilemma about which Maths course to take next year.

In Year 13, my school offers NCEA Statistics, NCEA calculus, and the Double Cambridge Maths course which covers A-level Maths along with both NCEA Calc and Stats.

The Cambridge course is extremely demanding and takes 2 entire periods of a school day instead of 1. I’m afraid it would be detrimental to my other subjects to take it. I would also have to drop my fave subject, Spanish for it (since I can only do 6 subjects and 4 slots are already taken by the 3 sciences and English, which leaves either an NCEA maths course + Spanish or Cambridge maths.) But Cambridge covers literally everything I would need for Health Sci and is apparently extremely useful for the STAT115 and Public Health paper.

For NCEA maths, I’ve been hearing a lot of differing opinions on both Stats and Calc.

My teacher says that NCEA Stats is irrelevant and thinks it would be crazy to take Physics without Calculus. However, many forums say that NCEA Stats is in fact useful.

However, taking NCEA Stats, I would be completely missing out on Calculus. I’m afraid that if I take Stats and change my mind about Health Sci down the line, I won’t have Calculus to back me up for other degrees since Stats can be picked up in Uni but Calculus can’t really.

Although, no one I know so far has said anything about Calc being useful for Health Sci.

The other option is for me to take NCEA Calculus and take tutoring in my spare time for Stats.

What do you recommend?

I only have a few days till I need to decide, so some quick responses would be awesome!

Thanks!