Academic Qualifications

EGGS is proud to offer all students the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). This is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

Level 1:  (Year 11) 

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. 

Level 2:  (Year 12) 

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.

Level 3:  (Year 13)

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.

New Zealand Scholarship

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. 

University Entrance

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:

  • x 2        for each credit at Achieved
  • x 3        for each credit at Merit
  • x 4        for each credit at Excellence

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.

University Entrance Requirements

For latest information on university entrance requirements, please visit the NZQA website.

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of:
    • 14 credits each in three approved subjects. Visit the NZQA website for more information.
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
  • 5 credits in reading
  • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • Achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
    • Unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 - all three required)