What is NCEA?
The NCEA certificate is broken down into three levels. At each level, students must gain credits to achieve a NCEA certificate.
Students must achieve 80 credits from any level including Level 1 literacy and numeracy.
Students must achieve 60 credits at Level 2 or above as well as 20 credits from any level. They must have met the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements.
Students must achieve 60 credits at Level 3 or above as well as 20 credit from Level 2 or above. Level 1 literacy and numeracy must also be met.
For more information on how NCEA works please click the link to NZQA website
Understanding How NCEA Requirements Are Changing (2024)
The following is to give whānau guidance to understand how NCEA is transitioning from its current form into a new qualification.
The Current Format
Currently, students working towards NCEA, are able to accumulate literacy and numeracy credits through a wide range of subjects.
From 2024, students will no longer be able to gain these credits this way. Students will now be completing the literacy and numeracy co-requisites, which sits outside of the NCEA qualification; and will become mandatory to gain NCEA at any level. Only once students have successfully completed the co-requisites, will they be awarded NCEA.
What are the co-requisites? (worth 20 credits)
Students will have 2 opportunities per year to sit three assessments (in exam conditions)
Who can sit the co-requisites?
Students from Year 7-13 are able to sit the co-requisites if the school believes they are ready, meaning students can bank these credits earlier than Year 11.
By introducing these mandatory standards, we can ensure that everyone who has an NCEA qualification has a good level of foundational literacy and numeracy.
Students must pass the co-requisites before they leave school in order to be eligible for an NCEA qualification. The results gathered will also be used as baseline data to determine which of our students need our support to ensure they can meet this requirement before they leave school.