NCEA is a standards-based assessment combing a mix of both internal and external assessments. Secondary school students have the opportunity of studying for Levels 1 – 3 of NCEA.

The NCEA requirements at each level are:

  • Level 1: 80 credits at Level 1 or higher.
  • Level 2: A minimum of 60 credits at Level 2 and 20 credits from any other level (either higher or lower).
  • Level 3: A minimum of 80 credits, of which 60 must be at Level 3 or above, and 20 at Level 2 or above.

Students who achieve more than fifty credits with Merit or Excellence at any one level are awarded Endorsement Certificates. Students can also achieve course endorsements for each subject they study by achieving fourteen or more credits at Merit or Excellence (which include at least three credits in internal and external assessments).

At Queen Margaret College, students study more than the minimum NCEA requirements and our pass rates annually are well above the national standard at each level of NCEA.

More information about NCEA can be found here: