NCEA level 3

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 with NCEA Level 3 or UE Award

2017 data have not yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.    National data are available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 3 or equivalent by ethnic group and gender (2014-2016)
Ethnic group Gender Below NCEA level 3 NCEA level 3 or above Percentage with NCEA level 3 or above
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori Female 323 300 331 153 169 184 32.1 36.0 35.7
Māori Male 412 381 432 86 114 150 17.3 23.0 25.8
Māori Total 735 681 763 239 283 334 24.5 29.4 30.4
Pacific Female 21 28 24 11 13 15 34.4 31.7 38.5
Pacific Male 22 27 28 6 8 16 21.4 22.9 36.4
Pacific Total 43 55 52 17 21 31 28.3 27.6 37.3
Asian Female 10 5 4 12 11 27 54.5 68.8 87.1
Asian Male 15 7 18 20 17 22 57.1 70.8 55.0
Asian Total 25 12 22 32 28 49 56.1 70.0 69.0
MELAA Female 2 2 x 4 5 x 66.7 71.4 x
MELAA Male 6 2 x 4 4 x 40.0 66.7 x
MELAA Total 8 4 5 8 9 8 50.0 69.2 61.5
Other Female 2 2 4 4 5 4 66.7 71.4 50.0
Other Male 7 8 6 4 3 3 36.4 27.3 33.3
Other Total 9 10 10 8 8 7 47.1 44.4 41.2
European/Pākehā Female 207 199 267 303 356 358 59.4 64.1 57.3
European/Pākehā Male 332 319 334 231 262 281 41.0 45.1 45.7
European/Pākehā Total 539 518 601 534 618 639 49.8 54.4 51.5
Region Total Female 514 486 558 463 519 532 47.4 51.6 48.8
Region Total Male 725 670 743 336 383 427 31.7 36.4 36.5
Region Total Total 1,239 1,156 1,301 799 902 959 39.2 43.8 42.4
New Zealand Total Female 12,120 11,577 11,791 16,824 17,934 17,945 58.1 60.8 60.3
New Zealand Total Male 17,113 16,782 16,228 13,245 14,313 14,776 43.6 46.0 47.7
New Zealand Total Total 29,233 28,359 28,019 30,069 32,247 32,721 50.7 53.2 53.9

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 Females. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  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 are excluded.