Introduction to NCEA
NCEA stands for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, and is part of the National Qualification Framework.
How do students gain an NCEA?
The NCEA will be awarded at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 is normally done in Year 11, Level 2 in Year 12 and Level 3 in Year 13. High achieving Year 13 students will also be able to enter the Scholarship examinations.
Each subject is divided into standards, each standard being worth a number of credits with most subjects offering about 20 credits. The standards may be achievement standards or unit standards.
The results for achievement standards are given as:
? Not Achieved
[Please note: The number of credits available for an achievement standard is fixed. Students are encouraged to strive for Excellence and Merit results even though these do not earn students extra credit.]
All unit standards are internally assessed. The results for unit standards are given as:
? Not achieved
To gain NCEA at Level 1, Year 11 students will need to earn at least 80 credits. These can come from:
- external assessment against achievement standards (NZQA examinations at the end of the year - Novbember)
- internal assessment against achievement standards or unit standards (assessed by the classroom teacher in school throughout the year)