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 51 34 44 19 16 30 27.1 32.0 40.5
Māori Male 74 52 47 12 9 20 14.0 14.8 29.9
Māori Total 125 86 91 31 25 50 19.9 22.5 35.5
Pacific Female 92 85 115 64 70 64 41.0 45.2 35.8
Pacific Male 129 110 107 63 46 71 32.8 29.5 39.9
Pacific Total 221 195 222 127 116 135 36.5 37.3 37.8
Asian Female 18 15 13 19 25 26 51.4 62.5 66.7
Asian Male 26 26 18 14 22 43 35.0 45.8 70.5
Asian Total 44 41 31 33 47 69 42.9 53.4 69.0
MELAA Female 3 x x 3 x x 50.0 x x
MELAA Male 6 x x 2 x x 25.0 x x
MELAA Total 9 8 7 5 2 7 35.7 20.0 50.0
Other Female x x x x x x x x x
Other Male x x x x x x x x x
Other Total x x 9 x x 2 x x 18.2
European/Pākehā Female 25 15 17 29 20 29 53.7 57.1 63.0
European/Pākehā Male 41 33 40 28 15 20 40.6 31.3 33.3
European/Pākehā Total 66 48 57 57 35 49 46.3 42.2 46.2
Territorial Total Female 166 138 169 128 123 140 43.5 47.1 45.3
Territorial Total Male 250 203 200 112 87 142 30.9 30.0 41.5
Territorial Total Total 416 341 369 240 210 282 36.6 38.1 43.3
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.