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 61 77 66 98 143 119 61.6 65.0 64.3
Male 120 129 141 79 103 98 39.7 44.4 41.0
Māori 43 59 56 38 51 43 46.9 46.4 43.4
Pacific 13 15 20 8 8 13 38.1 34.8 39.4
Asian 1 4 3 8 7 8 88.9 63.6 72.7
MELAA 2 5 x 3 1 x 60.0 16.7 x
Other 2 4 x 3 1 x 60.0 20.0 x
European/Pākehā 148 160 164 149 217 178 50.2 57.6 52.0
Territorial Total 181 206 207 177 246 217 49.4 54.4 51.2
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.