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NCEA(Secondary School Year 13)

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New Zealand’s National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are national qualifications for senior secondary school students.

NCEA challenges students of all abilities in all learning areas, and shows credits and grades for separate skills and knowledge.

NCEA and other national certificates are recognised by and used as the Benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics. NCEA is also readily accepted overseas, including by universities.

On completion of NCEA level 3 with the certain credit requirement, students will be eligible to enrol into the general Bachelors’ Degrees and programmes which are relevant to the subjects they have completed in their NCEA course. These general Bachelors’ Degrees are offered by many well-known universities around New Zealand. However options or numbers of majors provided may vary. Furthermore, some programmes may require specific qualifications/subjects. Contact individual universities for further information, please click the following link for the various faculties and majors that students may enrol on: NCEA Level 3 Pathway

University Entrance

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university. To qualify you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of:
  • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
  • 5 credits in reading
  • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits in Numeracy 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).

Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.

NCEA levels and certificates

There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. At each level, students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate. Credits can be gained over more than one year.

NCEA level Requirements
Level 1 80 credits are required at any level (level 1, 2 or 3) including
literacy and numeracy. Schools can explain the literacy
and numeracy standard pathways they are using.
Level 2 60 credits at level 2 or above + 20 credits from any level
Level 3 60 credits at level 3 or above + 20 credits from level 2 or above

Credits gained at one level can be used for (or count towards) more than one certificate. They may also be used towards other qualifications. For example, unit standards in the domain “generic computing” might be used towards a level 2 NCEA certificate, as well as towards a National Certificate in Computing (Level 2); or 20 credits gained at Level 1 can also count towards a level 2 NCEA certificate.

Certificate endorsement

If a student gains 50 credits at Excellence, their NCEA will be endorsed with Excellence. Likewise, if a student gains 50 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence), their NCEA will be endorsed with Merit. The Record of Achievement shows endorsement awards. Credits earned can count towards an endorsement over more than one year and more than one level. However, they must be gained at the level of the certificate or above. For example, level 2 credits will count towards endorsement of a level 1 NCEA, but level 1credits will not towards endorsement of a level 2 NCEA.

Subjects offered at RBHS Auckland Campus

The domain and standards to be assessed are as follows:

  • Calculus
  • Chinese
  • Statistics
  • Economics: Level 2 Achievement Standards
  • Accounting
  • Maths
  • Economics
  • Digital Technology
  • Physics
  • Geography
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