National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main New Zealand qualification for secondary school students.

    ​​​​​​​As at Monday, 13th May 2019 NZQA have made (and are continuing to make) changes to the way NCEA is delivered to students in New Zealand Secondary Schools and Tertiary Education Institutes. Information about these changes can be found in the NCEA Change Package 2019 Overview.


    New Zealand Scholarship

    New Zealand Scholarship is a separate award from NCEA, and is assessed by way of external assessment only. The assessments are separate from the Level 3 assessments. 
    ​​​​​​​A New Zealand Scholarship is awarded if a student achieves the scholarship standard in a University approved subject. Students can also gain awards in individual subjects.

    Click here or more information.

    Students are asked to see Mrs Subritzky if they wish to enrol in any of these Scholarships.


    Course Endorsements

    Due to Covid19, NZQA have updated the requirements for course endorsements. 

    ​​​​​​​Achieved Course Endorsement available from 2021 onwards

    This change is an outcome of the NCEA review. NZQA will publish the updated rule on 1 February 2021 in the Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2021.

    All school courses that meet existing eligibility criteria will be able to be endorsed at the Achieved level from the start of 2021 onwards. This is in addition to the Merit and Excellence course endorsement awards already recognised by the Ministry of Education.

    The purpose of the change is to acknowledge that students who attain 14 or more credits at an Achieved grade or higher, have demonstrated a sound level of skill and understanding in the subject matter of that course. The award will read, for example: English endorsed with Achieved at Level 1.

    Existing Course Endorsement Criteria


    NCEA Guide App

    NZQA has launched a new mobile App called NCEA guide written for parents, whānau and employers. The App will provide quick and easy access to key information about NCEA. Parents and whānau will be able to access simple content about how NCEA works and how they can support their children studying NCEA. No individual student results or progress information is available through this App. The NCEA guide App is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

    NZQA Student Login

    It pays for students to have an NZQA login. This allows them to keep track of their credits and qualifications throughout the years and see if they are up-to-date with annual fees. Also, once they enter Year 12, NZQA do not automatically send out qualification certificates - students need to request these through their Learner Login.

    To register, all they will need is their National Student Number (NSN).  This can be obtained via the school or through NZQA.  All students entered for NCEA standards each year will receive a card from NZQA with their NSN on it around May.  Here is the link to the NZQA website Learner Login.

    NCEA Student Handbook

    Kaitaia College has a NZQA Student Handbook which contains helpful information regarding NZQA.  It is advisable that students/parents look through this as there is information regarding framework, authenticity, appeals processes, etc.


    August 2023