Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects.
In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards.
We use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.
When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate. It is compulsory to have a proportion of these credits, which reflect ability in Literacy and Numeracy. Each subject presents between 18 and 26 credits. A student will do six subjects at each year level.
There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, students work through Levels 1 to 3 in Years 11 to 13 at school.
Each level certificate is a stepping-stone to the next, eventually leading to University Entrance, Polytechnic or the Work-place.