NCEA – National Certificate of Educational Achievement
Level One Certificate
Students need to gain 80 credits at Level One.
Of those 80 credits, students will need to have gained 10 credits in specified literacy achievement standards or literacy unit standards and 10 credits in specified numeracy achievement standards or numeracy unit standards.
Level Two Certificate
Students need to gain 80 credits.
Of those 80 credits, 60 must be at Level Two (students may use 20 credits from their Level One certificate to fulfil the requirement for Level Two). Students must also meet the Level One literacy and numeracy requirements.
Level Three Certificate
Students need to gain 80 credits.
Of those 80 credits, 60 must be at Level Three (students may use 20 credits from their Level Two certificate to fulfil the requirement for Level Three). Students must also meet the Level One literacy and numeracy requirements.
NCEA Certificate Endorsement
NCEA Certificates at all levels can be endorsed with Merit and Excellence.
To qualify for an endorsement with Excellence, students require 50 credits at Excellence. An endorsement with Merit requires 50 credits at Merit and above.
An endorsed certificate can be gained over more than one year.
Students can gain Merit or Excellence endorsement in single subjects by gaining:
• 14 credits at Merit or above for a Merit endorsement
• 14 credits at Excellence for an Excellence endorsement
• A minimum of 3 credits must be from internally assessed standards and a minimum of 3 credits must be from externally assessed standards
The Curriculum Overview Chart shows which subjects are endorseable.
Scholarship exams are the highest academic level of assessment in NCEA. Students may enter one or a number of scholarship exams in their Level 3 subjects. Extra study and tutorials are required to succeed at this level. Top scholars gain financial awards for success.
Subject specific, trades and vocational qualifications
Students can work towards a number of subject specific qualifications at Nelson College within and beyond their study towards NCEA. These include, but are not limited to: ITO (Industry Training Organisation) qualifications, apprenticeships, vocational pathways, national and New Zealand certificates. These qualifications can be useful to students who want to demonstrate they have attained specific skills to potential employers or who have a specific career path in mind.
ITO/ apprenticeship qualifications
Nelson College offers standards and qualifications provided by a range of Industry Training Organisations including:
• BCITO (Building and Construction)
• Competenz (Technical Trades, Engineering)
• Lincoln University
• MITO (Motor Vehicle Industry Training Organisation)
• NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology)
• PRO+MED (Health and Safety)
• Service IQ (Hospitality, Travel and Tourism)
• Skills Active (Recreation, Sport and Fitness)
• Triple One Care (First Aid)
• Waikato Institute of Sport
• Whenua Iti (Outdoors)
National Certificates are available in specific subject areas and provide an entry level qualification for students. National Certificates can lead to tertiary study towards certificates or diplomas. Some National Certificates are being phased out but the following are current at the time of publication.
Students at Nelson College can work towards the following National Certificates:
• Mechanical Engineering Technology
• Building, Construction, and Allied Trades
The App is free to download from the Apple App store and Google Play Store and is available in English and Te Reo Māori. More information is available at www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/understanding-ncea/mobile-app/