NCEA (National Certificate in Educational Achievement)


NCEA-  level


Level 1

80 credits are required at any level (level 1, 2 or 3) including literacy and numeracy. 10 credits for literacy and 10 credits for numeracy is compulsory. These can either be gained through achievement standards or a portfolio containing 3 unit standards.

Level 2

60 credits at level 2 or above
+ 20 credits from any level

From 2013 the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met.

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.



Karamea Area School


Year 11

Compulsory=Mathematics/ Science/ English /Geography

The fifth option is Technology or a correspondence / Trades course.

An exception is agriculture students who may prefer to do Agriculture in place of Geography.

E.O.T.C is offered as a 6th subject. It is offered in block courses and does not affect the timetable.


Year 12

Compulsory=English, Mathematics, and 1 Science. – All students are expected to be enrolled in 5 subjects so their optional subjects are – Technology/ Geography /another Maths/or Science/Distance Learning course..


Year 13- students are expected to be enrolled in 5 subjects


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 1 credits will not count towards endorsement of a Level 2 NCEA.


Course endorsement


Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course. 

Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:

·         14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and

·         at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards. Note, this does not apply to Physical Education, Religious Studies and level 3 Visual Arts.

A course endorsement is not a qualification.

A course endorsement can be awarded even if a qualification for that level is not achieved. For example, a student may achieve a Merit endorsement for their Level 2 Mathematics course regardless of whether they achieve NCEA Level 2




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