Overview

Evidence collected

This year your teachers will gather evidence that shows you have reached standards described in assessment or unit standards. Evidence about your achievement may be collected in a variety of ways: seminars, group tasks, tests, projects, exams. Some standards' skills may be assessed during the year (internally assessed) and others through exams held at the end of the year (externally assessed)

Credits awarded

Aim to gain highest grades possible. You may be able to resubmit work to improve your grade. This may be in written form or you may be able to verbally explain your answers. You may also be given a reassessment opportunities as time and manageability permit.

Quality Credits and Endorsements

It is important to always try to gain the highest grade possible. If you perform consistently above the 'Achieved' level you can be 'endorsed' to reflect that high achievement.  There are two types of endorsement available either a certificate endorsement or course endorsement.

Certificate Endorsement:

For a merit endorsement, you need to achieve 50 credits at Merit or Excellence at the same level, or higher, than the level of the certificate being awarded. For an excellence endorsement, you need to achieve 50 credits at Excellence at the same level, or higher, than the level of the certificate being awarded. 

Level 1 NCEA (Note we do not do full Level 1 NCEA at HPSS)

  • 80 credits in total.
  • Must include 10 literacy credits from various achievement standards. There are lots that count in English and some across other subjects that have a literacy component also.
  • You will need 10 numeracy credits from various achievement standards. There are lots that count in maths and some across other subjects that have a numeracy component also. You will also need this for university entrance later if studying for a degree later.

Information from the NZQA site is here

Information about how HPSS approaches NCEA is available here.

Level 2 NCEA

  • 80 credits
  • 60 credits from level 2 or above, (the additional 20 can come from any level).
  • The Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met.

Level 3 NCEA

  • 80 credits
  • 60 credits at level 3 or above, (the additional 20 can come from level 2 or above).
  • The Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met.

University Entrance

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

  • NCEA Level 3
  • 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.

Check out this link to University Entry information on the NZQA site.

Some universities/tertiary providers offer restricted courses with special requirements. See the Careers/Transition department for further information.

Scholarship

Scholarship is a monetary award to recognise top students. It is not a qualification and does not contribute credits to NCEA. However, if students gain scholarship passes they will be acknowledged on their record of achievement.


This page has been adapted from the ASHS NZQA Handbook

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