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 247 297 308 454 435 421 64.8 59.4 57.8
Male 458 484 503 305 310 282 40.0 39.0 35.9
Māori 221 271 282 120 159 129 35.2 37.0 31.4
Pacific 21 37 37 13 17 15 38.2 31.5 28.8
Asian 11 14 16 27 32 29 71.1 69.6 64.4
MELAA 8 10 6 13 9 18 61.9 47.4 75.0
Other 5 3 3 5 8 5 50.0 72.7 62.5
European/Pākehā 508 550 577 637 609 579 55.6 52.5 50.1
Region Total 705 781 811 759 745 703 51.8 48.8 46.4
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.