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 226 257 273 131 200 191 36.7 43.8 41.2
Māori Male 358 336 408 99 118 118 21.7 26.0 22.4
Māori Total 584 593 681 230 318 309 28.3 34.9 31.2
Pacific Female 42 40 38 26 34 41 38.2 45.9 51.9
Pacific Male 44 50 60 14 25 25 24.1 33.3 29.4
Pacific Total 86 90 98 40 59 66 31.7 39.6 40.2
Asian Female 16 27 18 53 46 47 76.8 63.0 72.3
Asian Male 23 26 26 37 43 47 61.7 62.3 64.4
Asian Total 39 53 44 90 89 94 69.8 62.7 68.1
MELAA Female 3 2 7 8 7 18 72.7 77.8 72.0
MELAA Male 5 3 6 7 10 6 58.3 76.9 50.0
MELAA Total 8 5 13 15 17 24 65.2 77.3 64.9
Other Female 5 5 5 3 1 6 37.5 16.7 54.5
Other Male 8 5 4 3 1 10 27.3 16.7 71.4
Other Total 13 10 9 6 2 16 31.6 16.7 64.0
European/Pākehā Female 317 331 365 606 615 633 65.7 65.0 63.4
European/Pākehā Male 684 589 635 427 467 462 38.4 44.2 42.1
European/Pākehā Total 1,001 920 1,000 1,033 1,082 1,095 50.8 54.0 52.3
Region Total Female 544 598 614 782 802 854 59.0 57.3 58.2
Region Total Male 999 892 963 548 601 593 35.4 40.3 38.1
Region Total Total 1,543 1,490 1,577 1,330 1,403 1,447 46.3 48.5 47.9
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.