The National Certificate of Educational Achievement - NCEA
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement is New Zealand’s national qualification and is internationally recognised. It provides the pathway to tertiary education and workplace training.
- Any subjects can count towards the NCEA requirements.
- Credits towards a certificate can be accumulated over more than one year.
NCEA certificates can be awarded with a Merit or Excellence endorsement at each of the three levels.
For a level certificate to be endorsed, students need a specified number of Merit or Excellence Credits at that level. The Credits required for a certificate endorsement are:
- 50 Merit credits (or higher) for a Merit endorsement.
- 50 Excellence credits for an Excellence endorsement.
NZQA also offers subject (or course) endorsements. Students will need to be taking Achievement Standards to achieve a Merit or Excellence endorsement and for most subjects there also needs to be a combination of both internal and external assessment.
For further information about endorsement, please visit the NZQA website (www.nzqa.govt.nz).
University Entrance is the minimum requirement to begin a degree programme at university.
To qualify you will need:
* See next page.
** From specified list of standards, able to be viewed at www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea. This is the minimum requirement. Auckland University, from 2016, requires 17 credits in English + Level 2 or 3, in addition.