NCEA level 2

A formal school qualification is a measure of the extent to which young adults have completed a basic prerequisite for higher education and training, and many entry-level jobs.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education's ENROL system, while highest school qualification is obtained from schools and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Data presented here is for school leavers with NCEA Level 1 and above, level 2 and above and level 3 and above (including a UE Award).

Identical information is available for the region's territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above. Alternatively a large amount of school leaver data is available from our statistical pages. See School Leavers.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 2 or equivalent by gender and ethnic group (2017-2019)
Group Below NCEA level 2 NCEA level 2 or above Percentage with NCEA level 2 or above
2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Female 453 484 558 3,065 2,993 3,096 87.1 86.1 84.7
Male 782 870 940 2,969 2,912 2,893 79.2 77.0 75.5
Māori 317 387 446 699 670 702 68.8 63.4 61.1
Pacific 90 120 132 242 222 265 72.9 64.9 66.8
Asian 64 61 88 549 537 607 89.6 89.8 87.3
MELAA 22 25 25 104 108 113 82.5 81.2 81.9
Other 6 9 9 21 18 21 77.8 66.7 70.0
European/Pākehā 861 942 1,024 4,886 4,841 4,814 85.0 83.7 82.5
Region Total 1,235 1,354 1,498 6,034 5,905 5,989 83.0 81.3 80.0
New Zealand Total 11,705 12,015 13,086 50,950 49,282 48,620 81.3 80.4 78.8

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. 'na' = not applicable.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.