Secondary School and NCEA

‘NCEA’ , otherwise known as National Certificate of Educational Achievement, is the national qualification that is available to pupils in New Zealand schools. Introduced between 2002 and 2004, this is a qualification that is recognized nationally and internationally and one must receive high marks and results in order to proceed to university.

At each stage of the NCEA, students will study a variety of subjects. Work is assessed both by the school and by external examiners and when each standard is reached by the pupil in question, credits are awarded. The certificate for each level is earned after a specific amount of credits have been achieved.

The NCEA qualification has three levels. The first begins in year 11, when students study more subjects for a broad understanding. Further levels can be studied in each of the following two years. Final marks can be given with merits or with excellence if the pupil has scored highly. There is also recognition for students that have achieved high marks in a specific subject area.

The school arranges for the pupils’ work to be assessed and there will be fees that have to be paid in order for the results to appear on the pupil’s Record of Achievement. Certificates are also only awarded once the relevant fees have been paid. Domestic students in New Zealand may be able to get help with these fees. All fees for the NCEA are paid to the school and should be paid by the deadline that the school provides.

Students taking the NCEA qualifications should remember that English, maths and science are all compulsory subjects until at least year 11. In the following years they are not compulsory but there are many schools where students are encouraged to take English or another language-based subject as this can help with applications to university.