NZ School Curriculum

National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA)


NCEA is a New Zealand national qualification for senior secondary school students. It challenges students of all abilities in all learning areas and shows credits and grades for separate skills and knowledge. It enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programs. NCEA is recognized by employers and used as the benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics in New Zealand. It is also readily accepted overseas.

Secondary School (High School) 


In New Zealand, secondary school begins when students are 12 or 13 years old and last for about 5 years, from Year 9 to Year 13. There are four terms in one academic year, starting in February and ends in December.  Most secondary schools in New Zealand are state-owned, and offers NCEA. Some also offer IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma) or CIE (Cambridge IGCSE curriculum).