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.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 3 or equivalent by gender and ethnic group (2016-2018)
Group Below NCEA level 3 NCEA level 3 or above Percentage with NCEA level 3 or above
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Female 2,963 2,897 3,110 6,588 6,958 6,785 69.0 70.6 68.6
Male 4,459 4,508 4,492 5,845 6,058 5,969 56.7 57.3 57.1
Māori 1,760 1,921 1,919 1,152 1,310 1,279 39.6 40.5 40.0
Pacific 2,529 2,422 2,496 2,126 2,348 2,365 45.7 49.2 48.7
Asian 864 850 924 3,352 3,584 3,589 79.5 80.8 79.5
MELAA 219 224 236 422 444 472 65.8 66.5 66.7
Other 54 46 81 80 98 94 59.7 68.1 53.7
European/Pākehā 2,965 3,050 3,208 6,268 6,464 6,285 67.9 67.9 66.2
Region Total 7,422 7,405 7,602 12,433 13,016 12,754 62.6 63.7 62.7
New Zealand Total 27,607 28,471 29,102 32,911 34,471 33,783 54.4 54.8 53.7

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.