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 (2016-2018)
Group Below NCEA level 3 NCEA level 3 or above Percentage with NCEA level 3 or above
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Female 159 148 180 914 912 875 85.2 86.0 82.9
Male 251 232 254 665 666 658 72.6 74.2 72.1
Māori 92 83 89 104 112 129 53.1 57.4 59.2
Pacific 114 99 120 178 160 180 61.0 61.8 60.0
Asian 64 63 73 500 508 502 88.7 89.0 87.3
MELAA 16 14 17 40 39 49 71.4 73.6 74.2
Other 3 4 7 14 5 15 82.4 55.6 68.2
European/Pākehā 189 180 209 863 900 846 82.0 83.3 80.2
Territorial Total 410 380 434 1,579 1,578 1,533 79.4 80.6 77.9
New Zealand Total 27,607 28,471 29,102 32,911 34,471 33,783 54.4 54.8 53.7

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.