School Qualifications > 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 other territorial authorities in this region by using the drop down menu above. For territorial authorities in other regions 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 761 784 840 1,625 1,565 1,624 68.1 66.6 65.9
Male 1,170 1,261 1,257 1,376 1,370 1,342 54.0 52.1 51.6
Māori 453 482 511 249 243 291 35.5 33.5 36.3
Pacific 156 180 217 117 99 113 42.9 35.5 34.2
Asian 138 146 190 396 364 392 74.2 71.4 67.4
MELAA 38 48 43 58 62 62 60.4 56.4 59.0
Other 7 12 8 13 6 11 65.0 33.3 57.9
European/Pākehā 1,336 1,431 1,418 2,378 2,375 2,336 64.0 62.4 62.2
Territorial Total 1,931 2,045 2,097 3,001 2,935 2,966 60.8 58.9 58.6
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.