NCEA Requirements

Understanding NCEA

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

NCEA challenges students of all abilities in all learning areas, and shows credits and grades for separate skills and knowledge. It enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programmes. For more information, see How NCEA works.

NCEA and other national certificates are recognised by employers and used as the benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics. NCEA is also readily accepted overseas, including by universities. When applying for employment, prospective employees can create a summary of their results from their Record of Achievement. For more information, see Using NCEA after leaving school.

Many students are also completing NCEA – often at Level 2 – in attempting new qualifications while undertaking tertiary study. For more information see Awarding of NCEA Level 2 after leaving school.

Watch a video  explaining how  NCEA works

Employers need to understand the secondary qualifications system in New Zealand, in order to understand the information that prospective employees present them with. For more information, see NCEA in business.

Since its introduction in 2002, the NCEA qualification system has progressively been improved through a number of initiatives. For more information, see History of NCEA.


NCEA Requirements

Level  requirements

                A typical course

Level 1

o   80 credits at or above level 1.

o   A minimum of 10 credits literacy and 10 credits numeracy through either (But not a mixture of both):

  1. Unit standards
    • three literacy unit standards
    • three numeracy standards

      (total of 10 credits in each package – all three are  required).

An English, a Maths are compulsory.

o   English (L1ENG, L1EN2 or L1ENP).

o   Maths (L1MAT, L1MA2, L1NUM) .

o   Science (L1SCI, L1SC2) 

o   3 more option subjects

o   Between 100 – 140 credits available dependent on courses of study

 

Level 2

o   60 credits at level 2 or above.

o   A further 20 credits at level 1 or higher.

o   Mus have met the requirements for Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy (as outlined above)

o   English rich subject compulsory.

o   English (L2ENG, L2EN2 or Y12ENP) Classical Studies (L2CLA)

o   5 more option subjects

o   Between 100 – 140 credits available dependent on courses of study

Level 3

o   60 credits at level 3 or above.

o   A further 20 credits at level 2 or higher.

o   No literacy or numeracy requirement.

o   No compulsory subjects.

o   Academic students choose 5 level 3 subjects

o   All other students choose 6 subjects.

o   Between 100 – 140 credits available dependent on courses of study

University Entrance

  • attain NCEA Level 3
  • achieve 14 credits at level three in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects. The list of approved subjects will consist of subjects derived from the New Zealand Curriculum with achievement standards at Level 3
  • achieve UE numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 and above from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy unit standards
  • achieve UE literacy - 10 credits (five in reading and five in writing) at Level 2 and above from specific standards.
    • achievement
    • or outstanding achievement.

o   All subjects chosen from an approved list of subjects.

o   Many universities now have higher entry standards for some courses.  Go to individual University websites or see careers advisor or your Dean/Mentor for more details.

Course Endorsement

o   14 or more credits at merit or excellence level, and

o   at least 3 credits at merit or excellence from externally assesed standards, and

o   at least 3 credits at merit or excellence from internally assesed standards.

o   Excluded from the last two requirements are Physical Education and Level 3 Visual Art.

o   For the above subjects the 14 or more credits at merit or excellence level must be gained from either one of the externally assessed standards or from the internally assessed standards.

Scholarship

o   Available in individual subjects and overall.

o   Scholarship can be gained with

o   Individual subjects – one paper all external .

o   Overall – must choose 3 scholarship subjects

 

  • For NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 subjects may include Unit and Achievement Standards.
  • Unit standards may be gained with an achieved grade
  • Achievement standards may be gained with either Achievement, Merit or Excellence.
  • NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 may be gained with a Merit or Excellence Endorsement by gaining 50 or more credits at the Merit or Excellence level respectively.
  • Honours Tie Criteria

                Year 11- 120 credits at level 1 or above and 50 credits at Excellence level

Year 12-  120 credits at level 1 or above and 50 credits at Excellence level

 


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