In year 11 students study English, Mathematics and Science, and 3 other option subjects in addition to Physical Education and Health. Students will gain some Level 1 NCEA credits in most of these subjects. Twenty of these Level 1 NCEA credits will contribute to the 80 required for Level 2 and give them valuable NCEA experience. All students require Level 1 Numeracy as part of gaining the Level 2 qualification and University Entrance (UE) and will work towards gaining this in Year 11.
In year 12 students study English and 5 option subjects in addition to Physical Education and Health. Students require a total of 80 credits to achieve their NCEA Level 2 Certificate. Twenty of these can come from another Level.
In year 13 students study 5 option subjects and have time for tutorials and independent study. Students require a total of 80 credits to achieve their NCEA Level 3 Certificate. Twenty of these can come from Level 2. 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 the latest information on university entrance requirements, please visit the NZQA website.