National Certificate in Educational Achievement is the main New Zealand qualification for Secondary school students.
Most NCEA subjects are assessed using a combination of internal assessment (during class time) and external assessment (end-of-year exams or outside marking of portfolios), with “credits” earned going towards the NCEA qualification.
Knowledge and skills assessed using “Achievement Standards” are recognised at four levels:
NCEA is awarded at Level 1 (Year 11) when 80 Level 1 credits are earned. The 80 credits need to contain:
o L1 Literacy (10 credits in English or Te Reo) and
o L1 Numeracy (10 credits in Mathematics)
NCEA is awarded at Level 2 (Year 12) when 80 credits are earned – with at least 60 at Level 2 or above, plus L1 Literacy and L1 Numeracy.
NCEA is awarded at Level 3 (Year 13) when 80 credits are earned – with at least 60 at Level 3 or above, plus L1 Literacy and L1 Numeracy.
U.E is gained by a combination of:
i. Level 3 NCEA plus
ii. U.E. Literacy plus
iii. L1 Numeracy plus
iv. At least 14 credits in three approved L3 subjects.
New Zealand Scholarship
New Zealand Scholarship is a separate award from NCEA, and is assessed by way of end-of-year external examinations. The examinations are separate from the Level 3 examinations. Students can gain awards in individual subjects, and various other special awards.
More information on NCEA can be found at: