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 68 69 69 29 22 38 29.9 24.2 35.5
Māori Male 91 66 91 14 31 23 13.3 32.0 20.2
Māori Total 159 135 160 43 53 61 21.3 28.2 27.6
Pacific Female 188 159 152 124 148 143 39.7 48.2 48.5
Pacific Male 324 271 285 160 149 151 33.1 35.5 34.6
Pacific Total 512 430 437 284 297 294 35.7 40.9 40.2
Asian Female 51 55 46 75 78 81 59.5 58.6 63.8
Asian Male 85 79 72 77 84 81 47.5 51.5 52.9
Asian Total 136 134 118 152 162 162 52.8 54.7 57.9
MELAA Female x x 2 x x 4 x x 66.7
MELAA Male x x 5 x x 2 x x 28.6
MELAA Total 9 4 7 2 6 6 18.2 60.0 46.2
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 x x x x x x x
European/Pākehā Female 26 18 28 22 11 15 45.8 37.9 34.9
European/Pākehā Male 36 32 24 14 20 17 28.0 38.5 41.5
European/Pākehā Total 62 50 52 36 31 32 36.7 38.3 38.1
Territorial Total Female 305 267 262 231 246 263 43.1 48.0 50.1
Territorial Total Male 488 414 445 251 261 264 34.0 38.7 37.2
Territorial Total Total 793 681 707 482 507 527 37.8 42.7 42.7
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.