How NCEA works at Liston College

NCEA  LEVEL 1 

All Students will study SEVEN subjects.  English, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Religious Education are compulsory. Students choose THREE other subjects.  

There are a mixture of Achievement Standard and Unit Standard courses available. Generally students who choose a Unit Standards course are unable to move on to an Achievement Standard based course at a higher level in the following year.

It is important for students to maintain a well-balanced subject mix which ensures choice and flexibility in following years. Students should also choose options that suit their interests, and if they are not certain what a subject is about then they should approach their dean, the careers advisor or the relevant Head of Department to gather more information. 

NCEA  LEVEL  2 

There are a mixture of one year Achievement Standard and two year Unit Standard courses available at Level 2. Those students who have gained 15 or more credits in individual subjects, can progress to Level 2 in that particular subject only, subject to individual subject / HOD pre-requisites. Students studying at Level 2 will all study Religious Education at this level.  Students will also study subjects that they have met the pre-requisites in (up to FIVE other subjects) which may be at either Level 1 or Level 2 as appropriate.  To attain NCEA Level 2, Students must study ENGLISH or equivalent literacy-based subject.

In choosing a course for succeeding years students must be careful to see that subjects to be taken at Level 3 have their grounding in Level 2 (especially Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Visual Arts and Accounting).

NCEA  LEVEL  3

There are only year-long Achievement Standard courses available at Level 3, with the exception of Computing which is a two year course and this should have been entered at Level 2.

Those students who have gained 15 or more credits in individual subjects, can progress to Level 3 in that particular subject only, subject to individual subject / HOD pre-requisites.

Like Level 2, students studying at Level 3 will study Religious Education. They will also study those subjects that they have meet the pre-requisites in (up to FIVE other subjects) which may be at either Level 1, 2 or 3, as appropriate.

Students need to be aware of the University Entrance requirements if they wish to enter University in the following year. 

What is University Entrance or UE? 

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university. To qualify you will need:

  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:
  • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • 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.

Scholarship opportunities are available to those students who meet the academic criteria (decided yearly). Scholarship subjects (Level 4) are studied concurrently with Level 3 NCEA subjects.

The course of study will be individually determined for each student in consultation with the Year 13 Dean.

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