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 187 209 269 129 141 154 40.8 40.3 36.4
Māori Male 366 319 347 68 116 124 15.7 26.7 26.3
Māori Total 553 528 616 197 257 278 26.3 32.7 31.1
Pacific Female 82 84 87 50 58 58 37.9 40.8 40.0
Pacific Male 103 119 102 37 47 47 26.4 28.3 31.5
Pacific Total 185 203 189 87 105 105 32.0 34.1 35.7
Asian Female 58 55 78 169 184 196 74.4 77.0 71.5
Asian Male 87 93 127 139 176 156 61.5 65.4 55.1
Asian Total 145 148 205 308 360 352 68.0 70.9 63.2
MELAA Female 20 22 24 35 42 48 63.6 65.6 66.7
MELAA Male 31 37 30 22 28 35 41.5 43.1 53.8
MELAA Total 51 59 54 57 70 83 52.8 54.3 60.6
Other Female 12 10 6 15 13 18 55.6 56.5 75.0
Other Male 14 19 9 15 16 14 51.7 45.7 60.9
Other Total 26 29 15 30 29 32 53.6 50.0 68.1
European/Pākehā Female 978 873 899 1,663 1,815 1,810 63.0 67.5 66.8
European/Pākehā Male 1,544 1,469 1,470 1,303 1,353 1,425 45.8 47.9 49.2
European/Pākehā Total 2,522 2,342 2,369 2,966 3,168 3,235 54.0 57.5 57.7
Region Total Female 1,254 1,171 1,233 1,984 2,159 2,190 61.3 64.8 64.0
Region Total Male 2,009 1,938 1,938 1,537 1,678 1,716 43.3 46.4 47.0
Region Total Total 3,263 3,109 3,171 3,521 3,837 3,906 51.9 55.2 55.2
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.