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Carmel College offers our students the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualification for which we have a reputation for
academic excellence. In the New Zealand Ministry of Education analysis of NCEA results, Carmel College students at Levels 1, 2 and 3
perform consistently better than the National average. Within the NCEA framework the College has a wide range of courses and subjects.
What is NCEA?
New Zealand's National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are national qualifications for senior secondary school students. It
enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programmes. NCEA and other national certificates
are recognised by employers and used as the benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics. NCEA is also readily accepted
overseas, including by universities. When applying for employment, prospective employees can create a summary of their results from their
Record of Achievement. Employers need to understand the secondary qualifications system in New Zealand, in order to understand the
information that prospective employees present them with. For more information, see NCEA in business. Since its introduction in 2002, the
NCEA qualification system has progressively been improved through a number of initiatives.
Please refer to
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/understanding-ncea/how-ncea-works/ for further information.
NCEA Guide: Mobile App
To help parents and employers better understand NCEA, NZQA has developed an app designed for mobile devices - phones and tablets. For
this information please go to:
National Certificate of Educational Achievement: NCEA
Students choose from a range of NCEA courses covering practical and academic skills which offer credits towards this qualification through both
unit standards and achievement standards. Students’ work is assessed against standards which describe what a student can do.
Achievement standards can be assess by both internal and external assessment. Students can gain Excellence, Merit, Achieved or Not
Achieved in these standards.
Unit standard assessment is completely internally assessed. Students can only gain an Achieved grade for these standards.
There are three NCEA qualifications: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 1 they must achieved 80 credits. Of these, 10 credits must be in literacy standards and 10
credits in numeracy standards.
For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 2 they must achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be from Level 2 standards
For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 3 they must achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be from Level 3 and 20 from Level 2 or
Should a student attain 50 credits at a particular level with Merit, the student will gain a Merit Endorsement at that level
Should a student attain 50 credits at a particular level with Excellence, the student will gain an Excellence Endorsement at that level
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 in 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 course endorsement for their Level 2 Mathematics regardless of whether they achieve NCEA Level 2.
Literacy requirements for University Entrance (Level 2 and 3)
10 credits from selected standards (5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing) are required to meet the University Entrance literacy
requirements. For standards that meet both reading and writing requirement it is possible to split the standard to fulfil the literacy requirement.
For example, Art History 3.1 (91482) can contribute 2 credits to the reading requirement and 2 credits to the writing requirement.
Please refer to http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/literacy-requirements/ for the list of Level 2 and
Level 3 standards applicable.
Approved Subjects for University Entrance
Applicants to New Zealand universities require credits in approved subjects. Please refer to
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects/ for the 2016 list of subjects and standards.
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