Students study six subjects in addition to Physical Education and Health. In total, 80 credits are needed to pass level 1. 10 of these 80 credits must be in specified literacy and another 10 must be in specified numeracy.
Students are required to earn 80 credits. 60 of these credits must be at Level 2 or higher. Credits in some subjects may also count towards other National Certificates, e.g. National Certificate of Employment Skills, National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing.
Students are required to earn 80 credits. 60 of these credits must be at Level 3 and 20 at Level 2 or higher. Students may also be gaining or working towards a variety of other certificates.
Scholarship examinations are available to students and are sat alongside Level 3 NCEA exams. These examinations provide monetary awards ranging from one-off payments of $500 right up to $10,000 each year for three years of tertiary study in New Zealand.
The examinations are designed to extend very able students’ abstract and critical thinking. (Scholarships are not a qualification and they do not generate credits towards NCEA). For further information visit the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.
Students who gain University Entrance and maintain a high level of achievement in Level 3 NCEA are qualified to enter competitive courses at New Zealand and overseas universities.
New Zealand universities now have a ranked score component to entry requirements. The ranked score is based on a student's best 80 credits at Level 3 in up to five approved subjects:
Listed below are the current University Entrance requirements as laid down in Section 6.2 of the Assessment and Examination Rules and Procedures for Secondary Schools.
For latest information on university entrance requirements, please visit the NZQA website.