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Qualifications/ NCEA

Qualifications/NCEA

National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are New Zealand's national qualifications for senior secondary students. NCEA is part of the National Qualifications Framework, along with approximately 1000 other qualifications. They are administered and quality-assured by the  New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

In English, students can study for NCEA at levels 6, 7, and 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum. Standards are offered across all modes – written, visual and oral – and all achievement objectives (Purposes and audiences; Ideas; Language; and Structure).

Schools are encouraged to plan flexible pathways for learners that recognise their diverse abilities, interests, and aspirations.

Choosing your own path through NCEA
Kristan Mowat, head of media studies at Logan Park High School, describes how her school empowers students to set goals and make choices. Students can select their learning pathways through flexibility with NCEA internals and externals, and the standards that match their interests and needs.

Key Resources

Internal Assessment Resources for English 
On this page you will find NZQA quality assured assessment resources to support internally assessed Level 1, 2, and 3 registered achievement standards for English aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum.

NZQA NCEA English Resources
A wide range of resources, including curriculum and standards documents, external and internal assessments, and exemplars.

Scholarship English: on the NZQA site includes all Scholarship English resources, including standards, exemplars, specifications, and exam material.

Useful resources

  • Level 2 oral presentations: exemplars of student presentations on DVD to support internal assessment at levels 1 and 2. Available to order from  Vislearn
  • Level 3 oral presentations: Student exemplars on DVD for NCEA English. This DVD is available from  ‘Down the Back of the Chair’.
  • Teaching and learning sequences to support preparation and assessment for a range of standards are also available in  teaching and learning sequences.
  • ESOL Online offers NCEA-related support for second-language learners.
  • Understanding NCEA: Online video/DVD : A video focusing on NCEA through the eyes of parents, teachers and students. Topics covered include: the structure of NCEA; certificate endorsement; and multi-level learning. Distributed to all secondary schools and available online.
  • Secondary Education Portal: Information, resources and guidance, to support secondary teaching and learning.

Published on: 15 Apr 2010




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