New Zealand’s Education system is highly regarded, internationally recognised and has high academic standards. It offers valuable opportunities for international students looking for an academic and personal challenge in an English speaking school system.
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is, since 2004, the official secondary school qualification in New Zealand. It has three levels, corresponding to the levels within the National Qualifications Framework, and these are generally studied in each of the three final years of secondary schooling—Year 11 through to Year 13. NCEA assessment is administered both at the school level via internal assessment and at a national level via external assessments such as examinations, and uses criterion or standard-based assessment. The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas: English, the arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences, and technology. The learning associated with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays a foundation for later specialisation.
The chart below shows the education system and pathways to further education.