About NCEA

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT  (Link to NZQA Qualifications page)

To complete an NCEA certificate students must earn credits.  They attain credits by meeting standards in their chosen subject areas.  Some standards, such as practical work, will be assessed internally by the school.  Others will be assessed nationally in external examinations.  Credits may be gained by achieving either achievement standards or unit standards.

 LEVEL ONE CERTIFICATE

  • Students need to gain 80 credits from Level 1 or higher.
  • Of those 80 credits, 10 must be literacy credits which are gained from specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, and 10 must be numeracy credits available mainly through Mathematics.
  • Individual students are monitored to ensure they have adequate assessment opportunity available in order to obtain literacy and numeracy.

 LEVEL TWO CERTIFICATE

  • Students need to gain 80 credits.
  • Of these, 60 must be from Level 2 or higher.  The remaining 20 credits may come from Level 1.
  • Students must also have met the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements.

 LEVEL THREE CERTIFICATE

  • Students need to gain 80 credits.
  • Of these, 60 must be from Level 3 or higher.  The remaining 20 credits may come from Level 2.
  • Students must also have met the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements.

NB:  Level 3 courses are academically demanding and require specific pre-requisites.  Completing NCEA Level 2 does not guarantee entry into Level 3 subjects. 


CERTIFICATE ENDORSEMENT

  • Students are able to achieve Level 1, 2 or 3 NCEA with Merit or Excellence Certificate Endorsements. 
  • Merit Endorsement at a particular level requires 50 credits at “merit” or “excellence” at that level or higher. 
  • Excellence Endorsement at a particular level requires 50 credits at “excellence” at that level or higher. 
  • Students can accumulate merits and excellences over more than one year and their record will be checked annually to determine whether they are entitled to an endorsement of any NCEA certificate.

 SINGLE SUBJECT ENDORSEMENT

  • Students who perform exceptionally well in individual courses are recognised with a course endorsement at Merit or Excellence. 
  • The course name is the school name for the course. The endorsement is at the lowest level where the merits and excellences necessary come from.
  • To gain an endorsement for a course students must gain all of the following:
    • 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence from the course;
    • at least 3 credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards (Visual Arts and Physical Education are the exception); and
    • the necessary credits in a single school year.

 NEW ZEALAND SCHOLARSHIP

  • Scholarship is a monetary award to recognise top Level 3 students.
  • It does not earn credits towards a qualification, but does appear on a student’s Record of Achievement. 
  • Scholarship in each subject can be gained at two levels, either ‘Scholarship’ or ‘Outstanding Performance’.
  • Candidates may enter scholarship in one or more subjects and this decision is made during the year. 
  • Students interested in scholarship should discuss it with their teachers early in the year.

 

NCEA Costs

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