National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand and the system of education we offer at Liston College from Years 10-13. From Years 7-10 we create our assessments from the achievement objectives outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum (link to NZC).
NCEA is recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.
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. These two areas of endorsement are known as Certificate Endorsement and Course Endorsement.
Certificate Endorsement requires student to gain 50 credits at Excellence at a level or above. If they do this they will have Excellence Endorsement at that level. Similarly, if they gain 50 credits at Merit at a level or above they will have Merit Endorsement at that level.
Course Endorsement occurs when a student has performed exceptionally in a particular subject. In order to do this they need 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence and at least three of these credits need to be from externally assessed standards and three need to come from internally assessed standards. It is important to note that Endorsements do not apply for PE, RE or Level 3 Visual Arts. Course Endorsement is not a qualification but instead demonstrates how well you have performed at you NCEA. Please click on this link for more information.
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