How does NCEA work?

  • Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects.
  • In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be: Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems.
  • MANUKURA uses a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.
  • When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate.
  • There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, students work through levels 1 to 3 in years 11 to 13 at school.
  • Students are recognised for high achievement at each level by gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA with Excellence. High achievement in a course is also recognised.  For more information, read about Endorsements.

What is required at Level 1?

There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. At each level, students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate. Credits can be gained over more than one year.

Level 1:  

  • 80 credits are required at any level (level 1, 2 or 3) including literacy and numeracy.
  • MANUKURA ensures all Level 1 students gain the required literacy and numeracy standards through English and Mathematics pathways.

What subjects do MANUKURA offer at Level 1?

  • English (Literacy)
  • English
  • Mathematics (Numeracy)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Science (General)
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Te Reo Maori
  • Te Reo Rangatira
  • Visual Art

Access through Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu as a dual enrolled student is offered in:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Pathways Education

2017 NCEA external Examination timetable

Note: The 2017 timetable is not yet available. 

NCEA Fee: $76.50 per student covering all subjects for both internal and external assessments.  See below information for Financial Assistance.

Application for financial assistance (PDF, 46KB) for parents/caregivers