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 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 14 15 10 8 10 15 36.4 40.0 60.0
Māori Male 26 24 28 6 7 14 18.8 22.6 33.3
Māori Total 40 39 38 14 17 29 25.9 30.4 43.3
Pacific Female 66 49 61 47 61 62 41.6 55.5 50.4
Pacific Male 87 69 72 44 30 49 33.6 30.3 40.5
Pacific Total 153 118 133 91 91 111 37.3 43.5 45.5
Asian Female 39 32 27 161 164 146 80.5 83.7 84.4
Asian Male 67 64 56 166 140 167 71.2 68.6 74.9
Asian Total 106 96 83 327 304 313 75.5 76.0 79.0
MELAA Female 13 7 6 11 14 13 45.8 66.7 68.4
MELAA Male 15 23 14 6 6 10 28.6 20.7 41.7
MELAA Total 28 30 20 17 20 23 37.8 40.0 53.5
Other Female 1 x x 5 x x 83.3 x x
Other Male 4 x x 3 x x 42.9 x x
Other Total 5 5 2 8 2 5 61.5 28.6 71.4
European/Pākehā Female 33 24 32 73 63 52 68.9 72.4 61.9
European/Pākehā Male 70 59 61 52 61 73 42.6 50.8 54.5
European/Pākehā Total 103 83 93 125 124 125 54.8 59.9 57.3
Territorial Total Female 150 117 116 290 295 275 65.9 71.6 70.3
Territorial Total Male 250 219 205 266 235 299 51.6 51.8 59.3
Territorial Total Total 400 336 321 556 530 574 58.2 61.2 64.1
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.