National Certificate In Educational Achievement (NCEA)

 

Requirements for NCEA

Level 1  : 80 credits at Level 1 or above , including literacy and numeracy requirements. 10 credits in literacy and 10 credits in numeracy.

Level 2  : 80 credits - a minimum of 60 credits at level 2 or above and 20 credits at any level. Students must also meet the Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements. 

Level 3  : 80 credits - a minimum of 60 credits at level 3 or above and 20 credits at level or above.

Students must also meet the Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements.  

 

Level 3 

60 Credits at

Level 3

or above 

plus 20 credits

at Level 2

or above 

 Level 1 

Literacy 

and 

Numeracy

 
Level 2

 60 credits at 

Level 2

or above

 plus 20 credits 

at any level

Level 1

 80 credits at 

Level 1

or above 

 

 Literacy

And Numeracy

 

 

Recognising high achievement

NCEA can be endorsed to reflect high achievement.  There are two types of endorsement:  Certificate Endorsement and Course Endorsement.

Certificate Endorsement:  If you gain 50 credits at Excellence your NCEA will be endorsed with Excellence.  If you gain 50 credits at Merit (or a mix of Merit and Excellence) your NCEA will be endorsed with Merit.

Course Endorsement: If in a single year you gain 14 or more credits at Merit and/or Excellence in a course you will gain endorsement in that course. Of these, at least 3 credits must be from externally assessed standards in that course. (Note: this condition does not apply to Physical Education, Religious Studies or level 3 Visual Arts).

 

University Entrance

To apply for entry into NZ Universities, students will need:

NCEA Level 3 

Including 

  • 14 Achievement Standard credits in each of 3 approved subjects
  • Literacy:    10 Literacy credits at Level 2 or higher – 5 Reading, 5 Writing
  • Numeracy: 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher

Note that these credits can be gained over more than one year

University Entrance is the minimum requirement for entry to university in New Zealand. Most universities and other tertiary institutions have additional requirements, particularly for entry into specific courses. Check with the university or other tertiary institution of your choice for any extra advice or requirements.

 

 Scholarship

New Zealand Scholarship is externally assessed but it is an award, not a qualification. It is designed to extend the very best students and to provide grants to help with tertiary study.
Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. The exams or portfolios cover the same knowledge, skills and concepts as level 3 achievement standards, but the standard of performance required is much higher.

If students think they have the ability to sit Scholarship in one or more subjects, they should discuss the requirements with their teachers. Scholarship results are not available until February so universities do not use them when making entry decisions.

Details of monetary awards for Scholarship are available on the NZQA website.

 

 

Other National Certificates

Marlborough Boys' College also offers a number of other National Certificates from the National Qualifications Framework.

Most National Certificates have a core of compulsory Unit Standards in the subject area of the certificate and require additional credits from elsewhere on the Qualifications Framework, which can be achieved from other courses being taken. Because they can be cross-credited, all credits earned in these certificates can also be counted towards the NCEA at the appropriate level. Therefore the NCEA can be achieved without it necessarily being your main focus.

By focusing on one of these National Certificates, you can follow a course of study that is appropriate for your needs, skills, interests or possible career field. This may be the best approach for many students. For example, if a particular National Certificate has a completed credit value of 60 credits then these credits will automatically count towards an NCEA. It is then just a matter of achieving the extra credits from other subjects to also complete your NCEA qualification at the same time.

Students who are not committed to going to University to study for a degree should seriously consider including at least one National Certificate in their study programme while at Marlborough Boys' College.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN AQUACULTURE (Level 2)
Endorsments (Abalone Farming) - (Mussel Farming and Harvesting) - (Oyster Farming)
Required courses: AQU200, AQU300
Relevant employment is required to complete this certificate.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN COMPUTING (Levels 2 and 3)
Required courses: COM200, COM300
Level 2 certificate: 30 Level 2 computing credits plus 10 other Level 2 credits.
Level 3 certificate: 12 Level 2 and 20 Level 3 computing credits plus 20 other Level 3 credits.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY (Level 2)
Required courses: ELE200, Chemistry, or Physics or Maths or Computing (200 or 300)
24 Level 2 credits in electronics (specified Unit Standards required)
16 Level 2 or above credits from any combinations of sciences, maths or computing.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN EMPLOYMENT SKILLS (Level 1)
Cross-curricular

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE(S) IN FORESTRY
Relevant courses: FOR200, FOR300, (SCI101, COM100-200-300)
Relevant employment is required to complete this certificate.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN FURNITURE MAKING (Level 2 & 3)
Required courses: FUR100, FUR200
Level 2 Certificate: 6 credits at Level 1, 20 credits at Level 2, plus 30 credits at 1, 2 
or 3 anywhere else on the National Qualifications Framework.
Level 3 certificate: Same as above plus 18 credits at Level 3.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN GENERAL ENGINEERING (Level 2)
Required courses: GEN 201, GEN200, EDG200, TRC200 
Level 2 certificate: 8 credits at Level 1, 26 credits at Level 2, (compulsory) plus another 
36 credits at Level 2 from the Engineering elective. 

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MATHEMATICS (Level 1)
Required Courses: Mathematics 100 Level and beyond.
A total of 30 credits in Mathematics at Level 1 or beyond with an overall total of 40 credits.
It is envisaged that it will take 18-24 months to complete this Certificate.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MATHEMATICS (Level 2)
Required Courses: Mathematics 200 Level and beyond.
A total of 30 credits in Mathematics at Level 2 or beyond with an overall total of 40 credits.
It is envisaged that it will take 18 months to complete this Certificate.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE (Level 2)
Required courses: Sciences, Mathematics beyond 100 Level.
10 credits from each of 3 of Agriculture & Horticulture, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and 10 credits from Mathematics. At least 30 of these 40 credits must be at Level 2. 
20 other credits.
Of the 60 credits, 40 must be at Level 2.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN TOURISM AND TRAVEL (Level 2)
Required courses: TTR200/300 23 Credits at Level 2 and 17 at Level 3. A total of 40 Credits.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN SPORT (Level 2)
Required courses: NCS200, NCS300

 

International Students should discuss the literacy requirements with the International Students Department.

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