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 yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.    National data are 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 440 428 442 270 311 349 38.0 42.1 44.1
Māori Male 495 600 559 183 237 255 27.0 28.3 31.3
Māori Total 935 1,028 1,001 453 548 604 32.6 34.8 37.6
Pacific Female 40 46 39 17 29 23 29.8 38.7 37.1
Pacific Male 28 56 53 14 31 27 33.3 35.6 33.8
Pacific Total 68 102 92 31 60 50 31.3 37.0 35.2
Asian Female 14 19 19 56 75 70 80.0 79.8 78.7
Asian Male 26 40 32 53 44 76 67.1 52.4 70.4
Asian Total 40 59 51 109 119 146 73.2 66.9 74.1
MELAA Female 3 2 1 14 15 9 82.4 88.2 90.0
MELAA Male 5 8 8 6 15 11 54.5 65.2 57.9
MELAA Total 8 10 9 20 30 20 71.4 75.0 69.0
Other Female 9 14 23 4 11 16 30.8 44.0 41.0
Other Male 10 17 18 4 6 6 28.6 26.1 25.0
Other Total 19 31 41 8 17 22 29.6 35.4 34.9
European/Pākehā Female 412 418 375 718 759 732 63.5 64.5 66.1
European/Pākehā Male 594 614 632 527 546 621 47.0 47.1 49.6
European/Pākehā Total 1,006 1,032 1,007 1,245 1,305 1,353 55.3 55.8 57.3
Region Total Female 818 803 787 1,023 1,074 1,073 55.6 57.2 57.7
Region Total Male 1,068 1,228 1,173 760 810 907 41.6 39.7 43.6
Region Total Total 1,886 2,031 1,960 1,783 1,884 1,980 48.6 48.1 50.3
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.