This is New Zealand’s national qualification for senior secondary students. NCEA is part of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and is the main secondary school qualification.
From 2024, the ‘new’ NCEA will begin to be phased in with full implementation of the new achievement standards at Levels 1, 2 and 3 in place by January 2027. In 2024 and 2025, new standards will be introduced and used at Level 1; this process will then continue with new standards in 2026 at Level 2 and will be completed with new Level 3 standards in 2027. In 2024 and 2025, current standards will be used in Level 2 courses and from 2024 – 2026, current standards will be used in Level 3.
A small ‘pilot’ programme is operating in 2023 in Level 1 Agricultural Science and Level 1 English where teachers are delivering programmes of learning and assessment that involved new achievement standards. This will be extended to all subjects in Level 1 from 2024.
The current information in the Curriculum Book will remain.
To qualify for an endorsement with Excellence, students must gain 50 credits at Excellence. Excellence credits at a particular NCEA level can be accumulated over more than one year (applies for Merit endorsement).
An endorsement with Merit requires 50 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence).
For example, a student gains a Standard, worth 5 credits, with Merit and so gains 5 Merit credits. These credits can be gained from both internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards (Unit Standards that do not have at least a Merit achievement level are not included). The Interim Results Notification in mid-January will show if candidates have qualified for Certificate Endorsement.
Students gain an endorsement for a course (subject) where they achieve:
The Interim Results Notification, available in mid-January when results become available, shows if candidates have gained a course endorsement in a particular subject. Typically, students access their results online via their NZQA Learner Login that they have set up, or refreshed, earlier in the year. They may choose to order a hard copy of their Results Notification by following the instructions on their Learner Login.
The Record of Achievement is ordered from NZQA through the ‘Learner Login’.
Record of Achievement:
The Record of Achievement (ROA) is the official ‘academic transcript’ and is available from mid-April each year. It displays all Standards with results of Achievement/Merit/Excellence. The ROA is usually requested as ‘evidence’ for various university applications. The Record of Achievement is ordered online through the student’s Learner Login.
Many skills are assessed internally with teachers setting and marking assessments. Marking samples are checked by external moderators to maintain standards nationally.
Examination subjects have formative (practice) assessments during the year and a school Prelim examination in September to provide students with practice in the external Standards, and to provide derived grades for NCEA externals. These provide evidence of student achievement and progress in these Standards.
There is no fee for domestic students.
For international students, the fee is $383.30 per student.