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 14 13 18 7 17 16 33.3 56.7 47.1
Māori Male 31 35 30 2 7 9 6.1 16.7 23.1
Māori Total 45 48 48 9 24 25 16.7 33.3 34.2
Pacific Female x 5 x x 1 x x 16.7 x
Pacific Male x 6 x x 0 x x 0.0 x
Pacific Total 5 11 3 3 1 5 37.5 8.3 62.5
Asian Female x 1 x x 4 x x 80.0 x
Asian Male x 4 x x 2 x x 33.3 x
Asian Total 3 5 4 2 6 4 40.0 54.5 50.0
MELAA Female x x x x x x x x x
MELAA Male x x x x x x x x x
MELAA Total 2 x 2 3 x 3 60.0 x 60.0
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 4 0 x 2 0.0 x 33.3
European/Pākehā Female 75 92 78 105 132 105 58.3 58.9 57.4
European/Pākehā Male 165 150 151 95 96 79 36.5 39.0 34.3
European/Pākehā Total 240 242 229 200 228 184 45.5 48.5 44.6
Region Total Female 88 103 98 112 151 124 56.0 59.4 55.9
Region Total Male 195 185 182 99 103 90 33.7 35.8 33.1
Region Total Total 283 288 280 211 254 214 42.7 46.9 43.3
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.