NCEA Requirements

NCEA Certificate Requirements

NCEA Level 1      

80 credits at any level   (Level 1, 2 or 3) and including…

10 credits Level 1 Literacy

10 credits Level 1 Numeracy

NCEA Level 2      

80 credits at Level 2 or above or…

60 credits at Level 2 or above PLUS 20 credits from any level

NCEA Level 3      

80 credits at Level 3 or above or…

60 credits at Level 3 or above PLUS 20 credits from any level

University Entrance Requirements: UE          

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to attend a New Zealand university.  To qualify for UE, you will need all of the following:

  • NCEA Level 3 
  • 14 credits in each of three University approved subjects
  • UE Numeracy = 10 credits at Level 1 or higher from specified Achievement Standards
  • UE Literacy = 10 credits (5 in reading & 5 in writing) at Level 2 or higher from specified Achievement Standards

Note:  In addition to achieving University Entrance, most universities require further entry criteria to be met.  This information is available on the university website or prospectus.

Auckland University’s Literacy requirement:  minimum of 17 credits in English at either Level 2 or above.

Course Endorsement of Merit or Excellence    

Students will gain an endorsement for a course (subject) 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 and Level 3 Visual Arts. 

Certificate Endorsement of Merit or Excellence

A certificate will be endorsed with Merit or Excellence where a student has 50 Merit credits or 50 Excellence credits at the level of the NCEA certificate or above. Where the student has a combination of 50 credits of Merit or Excellence at the level of the certificate or above they will be entitled to a Merit endorsement.

UE Approved Level 3 Courses at KBHS

Accounting Digital TechnologiesMusic
Art Design  DramaPhysical Education
Art Painting/ SculptureEconomics Physics
Art Photography English Samoan
ChemistryJapaneseTe Reo Māori
Design & Visual CommunicationMathematics


 Non UE Approved Level 3 Courses at KBHS

Building & ConstructionGatewayServices Academy
Financial SkillsPolice AcademyRecreation

NZQA New Zealand Scholarship Exams

NZ Scholarship exams provide recognition and monetary reward to top students in a subject.  They are externally assessed exams run by NZQA and are designed to challenge the most capable Level 3 candidates.  They are not a qualification and do not earn credits but they will appear on a student’s Record of Achievement.  NZ Scholarships are awarded to approximately the top 3% of participating candidates in each subject.

Students will be identified as potential Scholarship candidates by their teachers based on their academic performance and potential in a subject, students may inquire whether they would be suitable for entry.  Additional work and a study programme would be implemented to prepare for the exams.

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