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 been updated in these tables but National and school level data is 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 10 14 22 9 7 13 47.4 33.3 37.1
Māori Male 18 38 30 3 5 5 14.3 11.6 14.3
Māori Total 28 52 52 12 12 18 30.0 18.8 25.7
Pacific Female x x x x x x x x x
Pacific Male x x x x x x x x x
Pacific Total x 5 x x 3 x x 37.5 x
Asian Female x x x x x x x x x
Asian Male x x x x x x x x x
Asian Total 4 3 4 3 4 5 42.9 57.1 55.6
MELAA Female x x x x x x x x x
MELAA Male x x x x x x x x x
MELAA Total 5 3 x 4 3 x 44.4 50.0 x
Other Female 0 x x 0 x x 0.0 x x
Other Male 0 x x 0 x x 0.0 x x
Other Total 0 x x 0 x x 0.0 x x
European/Pākehā Female 63 48 68 64 66 69 50.4 57.9 50.4
European/Pākehā Male 105 113 116 35 24 19 25.0 17.5 14.1
European/Pākehā Total 168 161 184 99 90 88 37.1 35.9 32.4
Region Total Female 75 62 90 75 80 81 50.0 56.3 47.4
Region Total Male 122 138 140 38 28 24 23.8 16.9 14.6
Region Total Total 197 200 230 113 108 105 36.5 35.1 31.3
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.