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NCEA at Kelston Girls’ College

The senior students of Kelston Girls’ College work towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 1, 2 or 3.  Each subject gives credit for passed assessments with the aim of a student gaining enough credits to pass the level they are studying at. For example a Level One student needs 80, or more credits, to pass the Level One NCEA. As part of the 80 passing credits students also need to gain 10 specific Literacy and Numeracy credits.

For able students it is possible to gain NCEA course endorsements.  This is where credits are gained at a Merit or Excellent standard.  If 50 or more of a student’s 80 passing credits are at Merit or Excellence they will gain a Merit endorsement for that NCEA level; if 50 are at Excellence they will gain an excellent endorsement.

Assessments can be assessed in two main ways – internally and externally.  Internal assessments are carried out and marked by subject teachers during the year.  There should be one assessment per term, per subject.  A student should be informed about how many credits they have from internals, and how this number relates to the total they need to pass the NCEA level they are working towards.  External assessments are commonly known as exams – these are always sat in Term 4; the results come out mid-January.

The results of the external assessments are added to the result from the internal assessments to give students a total number of credits for the year, released in mid-January.  They can check this at any time on the NZQA website using their NSN number to logon.

Assessment Rules and procedures for Senior Students 2023

​​​​​​​The pass requirements for all three NCEA levels:

Level 1 80 credits 80 Level 1 or higher including credits to meet both Literacy and Numeracy requirements (see below)Level 2 80 credits At least 60 credits from Level 2 or higher

Level 3 80 credits At least 60 credits from Level 3+ 20 from Level 2

Meeting the Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements

  • 10 credits from literacy standards
  • 10 credits from numeracy standards

See your teachers for details.

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:
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
    • 5 credits in reading
    • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 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, 26627- all three required).

Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.