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 773 747 770 494 522 656 39.0 41.1 46.0
Māori Male 1,029 1,034 1,037 357 421 495 25.8 28.9 32.3
Māori Total 1,802 1,781 1,807 851 943 1,151 32.1 34.6 38.9
Pacific Female 1,180 1,080 1,116 1,048 1,136 1,204 47.0 51.3 51.9
Pacific Male 1,513 1,444 1,458 775 837 918 33.9 36.7 38.6
Pacific Total 2,693 2,524 2,574 1,823 1,973 2,122 40.4 43.9 45.2
Asian Female 393 376 366 1,619 1,694 1,683 80.5 81.8 82.1
Asian Male 617 570 515 1,600 1,622 1,667 72.2 74.0 76.4
Asian Total 1,010 946 881 3,219 3,316 3,350 76.1 77.8 79.2
MELAA Female 104 92 93 234 215 225 69.2 70.0 70.8
MELAA Male 159 154 133 183 194 198 53.5 55.7 59.8
MELAA Total 263 246 226 417 409 423 61.3 62.4 65.2
Other Female 28 19 19 50 42 39 64.1 68.9 67.2
Other Male 31 30 34 53 27 41 63.1 47.4 54.7
Other Total 59 49 53 103 69 80 63.6 58.5 60.2
European/Pākehā Female 1,209 1,113 1,129 3,272 3,395 3,311 73.0 75.3 74.6
European/Pākehā Male 2,067 1,922 1,908 2,773 2,886 2,956 57.3 60.0 60.8
European/Pākehā Total 3,276 3,035 3,037 6,045 6,281 6,267 64.9 67.4 67.4
Region Total Female 3,330 3,053 3,069 6,334 6,553 6,586 65.5 68.2 68.2
Region Total Male 4,936 4,671 4,522 5,461 5,595 5,842 52.5 54.5 56.4
Region Total Total 8,266 7,724 7,591 11,795 12,148 12,428 58.8 61.1 62.1
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.