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NCEA General Information

How NCEA Works: Understanding how NCEA works


Authenticity is the assurance that evidence of achievement produced by a learner is their own; NZQA & Authenticity

Candidate Information: How can I gain entrance to a New Zealand University? 


When students perform consistently above the Achieved level, their result(s) can be endorsed to reflect that high achievement.  This can occur at either the Certificate or individual Course level.

NCEA Endorsements


Towards the end of each school year, normally over three weeks between November and early December, national NCEA examinations.  
take place.  In these examinations students are assessed against standards in three hour sessions for each course. 

NZQA: 2016 Examination Timetable



There is a standard annual fee: Fees for NZQA
of $76.70 which students must pay to have their results recorded on their Record Of Achievement and for the awarding of qualification.  This fee is collected by the College and forwarded to NZQA.  Financial assistance is available for students to help with the payment of entry fees. 

Who can apply for financial assistantance


Further Assessment Opportunity

A further assessment opportunity is when a new, quality assured assessment is provided for you after your first assessment opportunity and after further teaching and learning has taken place.  A student can have up to one further assessment opportunity per standard per year. 

NZQA & Assessment Opportunities in schools

Learner Login

Students receive results for all internal and/or external standards that are assessed as part of NCEA.  At any stage students can log in via the Learner Login and view the results that NZQA holds for them.


A resubmission can be offered when the student could achieve a grade if they correct errors or omissions in their work in a short period of time.

NZQA & Assessment Opportunities in schools

University Entrance

University Entrance, UE, is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university.  To qualify you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3

  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:

  • 14 credits in each, in three approved subjects 

  • Literacy Requirements – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

    • 5 credits in reading

    • 5 credits in writing

  • Numeracy Requirements – 10 credits at level 1 or above, made up of:

    • Achievement Standards/specified Achievement Standards available through a range of subjects, or

    • Unit Standards/package of three numeracy Unit Standards (26623, 26626 and 26627 – all three required)

Vocational Pathways

The Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve NCEA Level 2.  These pathways let students see how learning and achievement are valued in the workplace.

Vocational Pathways Profile & Award

NCEA Qualifications

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

Full NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 Courses are offered at the Otorohanga College. In addition we also offer a number of National Certificate Courses.


For further information please click here to view our course booklets


NCEA Information

The National Certificate Of Educational Achievement, NCEA, is the main national qualification for secondary school students in new Zealand.

NCEAs are recognised by employers and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.

NCEA Student Handbook