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 (2017-2019)
Group Below NCEA level 3 NCEA level 3 or above Percentage with NCEA level 3 or above
2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Female 554 614 643 891 855 848 61.7 58.2 56.9
Male 965 960 921 641 623 646 39.9 39.4 41.2
Māori 603 634 686 407 389 406 40.3 38.0 37.2
Pacific 109 95 120 65 85 83 37.4 47.2 40.9
Asian 46 55 51 122 99 120 72.6 64.3 70.2
MELAA 13 17 15 26 20 26 66.7 54.1 63.4
Other 16 25 15 8 17 32 33.3 40.5 68.1
European/Pākehā 990 1,033 1,017 1,133 1,092 1,100 53.4 51.4 52.0
Region Total 1,519 1,574 1,564 1,532 1,478 1,494 50.2 48.4 48.9
New Zealand Total 28,206 27,691 28,371 34,449 33,606 33,335 55.0 54.8 54.0

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.