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 1,290 1,331 1,378 1,541 1,540 1,624 54.4 53.6 54.1
Male 1,771 1,894 1,924 1,215 1,248 1,178 40.7 39.7 38.0
Māori 1,226 1,361 1,398 553 680 697 31.1 33.3 33.3
Pacific 192 192 243 129 130 165 40.2 40.4 40.4
Asian 105 110 146 270 300 294 72.0 73.2 66.8
MELAA 48 72 63 56 65 62 53.8 47.4 49.6
Other 22 17 13 19 13 9 46.3 43.3 40.9
European/Pākehā 1,822 1,911 1,940 1,954 1,941 1,907 51.7 50.4 49.6
Region Total 3,061 3,225 3,302 2,756 2,788 2,802 47.4 46.4 45.9
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.