NCEA is a standards-based qualification combining both internal and external assessments. NCEA was designed to challenge all students, including the most able and highly motivated. It was also designed to give schools the flexibility to develop a range of programmes to suit the specific needs of their students.
NCEA is a tool that is used to measure a student's progress against the NZ Curriculum. It has replaced the qualifications that many parents would have worked towards when they were at school.
|NCEA||NZ Qualification it replaced:|
|Level 1||School Certificate|
|Level 2||Sixth Form Certificate|
Students will be assessed against standards in each subject. Each standard looks at different key skills / knowledge in the subject area. Most courses will assess against 5-6 standards throughout the year. If students can demonstrate that they have the skills/knowledge to meet the standard, then they are awarded credits.
To demonstrate the skills / knowledge students may be asked to:
There are 2 types of standards:
Internal standards – assessed during the year.
External standards – assessed at the end of the year in an exam.
Students build up credits by passing assessments. Once the students have built up enough credits at a particular level they are awarded an NCEA qualification. The credits can be built up over one year or several years. Students do not lose credits they have built up if they get to the end of the year and do not have enough credits for a qualification.
The number of credits required to gain each qualification is:
*Once students have earnt 20 Level 1 credits they automatically count towards NCEA Level 2 / **Once students have earnt 20 Level 2 credits they automatically count towards NCEA Level 3
Credits can be awarded as Achieved, Merit or Excellence. Credits awarded at Merit or Excellence indicate a higher level of skill / knowledge of the content.
Literacy and Numeracy:
To gain Level One as part of the 80 credits students must earn 10 "Literacy" credits and 10 "Numeracy" credits. Credits earnt from specific standards where Literacy or Numeracy skills are required for the student to meet the standard, count towards this requirement. Literacy and Numeracy standards will be found in most subject areas (not just English and Maths).
If student's earn at least 50 credits at merit or excellence at the level (or higher) of the certificate (ie 50 Level 2/3 credits at Merit or Excellence when working towards Level 2) then they are awarded an endorsed certificate. These recognise a higher level of achievement.
Merit Endorsed Certificate - 50 Credits at Merit or Excellence at the level (or higher) of the certificate
Excellence Endorsed Certificate - 50 Credits at Excellence at the level (or higher) of the certificate.
If student's earn at least 14 credits* at merit or excellence in a course over a particular year then they are awarded a course endorsement. These recognise a high level of student achievement in a particular subject.
*must include 3 credits from internal standards and 3 credits from external standards except for Physical Education and Visual Art
University Entrance is an award which allows a student to gain entry into a New Zealand University*.
The requirements for Unversity Entrance are
*most University courses will have additional entry criteria (please check with the University about requirements for specific courses)
More detail about NCEA can be found on the NCEA website including changes to the NCEA assessment dates for 2021, due to the Covid lockdown period of August/September 2021.
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