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 37 43 37 36 30 42 49.3 41.1 53.2
Māori Male 50 49 42 31 24 25 38.3 32.9 37.3
Māori Total 87 92 79 67 54 67 43.5 37.0 45.9
Pacific Female 212 190 161 251 235 278 54.2 55.3 63.3
Pacific Male 220 208 196 74 90 105 25.2 30.2 34.9
Pacific Total 432 398 357 325 325 383 42.9 45.0 51.8
Asian Female 14 22 18 37 39 50 72.5 63.9 73.5
Asian Male 31 22 21 39 43 48 55.7 66.2 69.6
Asian Total 45 44 39 76 82 98 62.8 65.1 71.5
MELAA Female x x 2 x x 5 x x 71.4
MELAA Male x x 7 x x 4 x x 36.4
MELAA Total 3 7 9 7 7 9 70.0 50.0 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 3 x 3 4 x 3 57.1 x 50.0
European/Pākehā Female 19 13 15 54 65 50 74.0 83.3 76.9
European/Pākehā Male 24 29 24 118 114 107 83.1 79.7 81.7
European/Pākehā Total 43 42 39 172 179 157 80.0 81.0 80.1
Territorial Total Female 262 250 214 359 358 396 57.8 58.9 64.9
Territorial Total Male 306 284 272 250 257 277 45.0 47.5 50.5
Territorial Total Total 568 534 486 609 615 673 51.7 53.5 58.1
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.