NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 Equivalence and University Entrance requirements for Thailand

The Council of University Presidents Thailand has agreed to support continuation of the NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 qualifications recognition arrangement for university admission in Thailand.

This arrangement provides two options for students to meet requirements for NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 equivalency. The Council has informed Thai universities that students who meet either one of these options are eligible to apply for study at a Thai university under the Thai University Central Admission System.

The criteria for Option 1 and Option 2 are below. 

Thai universities make their own admission decisions. NZQA has been advised that key Thai universities will continue to use the NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 equivalence criteria to make their admission decisions.

NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 equivalence criteria

There are two options to meet the NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 equivalency...

Option 1: NCEA Level 2 Certificate (at least 80 credits, of which 60 must be Level 2 or higher). Literacy and numeracy requirements are the same as those for NCEA Level 1. See Literacy and Numeracy requirements.

Option 2: 60 credits at Level 2 or higher in a minimum of five subjects. These credits are to include a minimum requirement of 4 credits in English (literacy) at Level 2 or higher and 4 credits in Mathematics (numeracy) at Level 2 or higher.

Note about Option 2:

  • This option does not require a student to achieve NCEA Level 2.
  • To achieve this option, Thai students must have studied at least 5 subjects.
  • Students are advised to achieve a minimum of 12 Level 2 credits per subject across five subjects.

English Language (EL) - English for Speakers of Other Languages

Students who have taken English Language (EL) as a subject should note the following...

For Option 1

  • English Language (EL) is not accepted for literacy, except English for Academic Purposes 22750 and 22751.
  • English Language (EL) credits are accepted as part of the 80 credits required to gain NCEA Level 2. They can be from either NCEA Level 1 or 2 or a combination of both.

For Option 2

  • English Language (EL) is not accepted as a subject and does not count towards the English (literacy) credit requirement. The English (literacy) credits must be in English.

Literacy and numeracy requirements

How to tell if a student has met the literacy and numeracy requirements. More...

To achieve either Option 1 or Option 2 for NCEA Level 2 - Matthayom 6 equivalence, a student must meet the literacy and numeracy requirements.

Option 1: Students will know they have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for Option 1 if they are awarded an NCEA Level 2 Certificate.

Option 2: Students will know they have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for Option 2 if they have a minimum of 4 credits in English (literacy) at Level 2 or higher and 4 credits in Mathematics (numeracy) at Level 2 or higher. For this option, the English (literacy) credits must be in English, not English Language (EL).

Planning and course selection

Students wanting to attend university in Thailand should seek advice about their school subject selection. More...

NCEA is a very flexible qualification with a large number of subject areas. NZQA is aware that some of the subjects available in New Zealand may not be accepted as subjects that can count towards entry into academic tertiary courses overseas. Students should approach their schools and agents for advice about their course selections. This is to ensure the subjects studied can count towards entry into academic tertiary courses overseas, or are appropriate for their future study or career path.

We recommend that universities’ expectations should be taken into consideration when planning a course of study.

  • Check admission requirements for the universities students plan to enrol with.
  • Check the pre-requisite subjects for students' intended university study.

Advice to students wishing to apply for university study:

  • Study five distinct subjects (similar to a course of study a New Zealand student aiming for university would take at Level 2).
  • Achieve a minimum of 12 Level 2 credits per subject (preferably more, and as many Merits and Excellences as possible).
  • Achieve numeracy and literacy requirements (note Option 2 above).

Applying to Thai universities

How to apply and what documents you need...

Students should approach the universities directly for admission. This is a change from previous practice when students sent their NCEA results to the Bureau of Educational Testing to apply for Matthayom 6 equivalency.

Students are advised to:

  • check the admission requirements and documentation for the universities they plan to enrol with
  • include the following NZQA results documents with their application:

Students can access and download these documents using the learner login on the NZQA Learner Portal. Students can save the New Zealand Record of Achievement as a PDF copy to be submitted electronically. Universities can verify the electronic copy using the NZRoA Verification service.

For information about ordering results documents, see here.

About NZQA results documents

Understanding NZQA results documents...

The New Zealand Record of Achievement (NZRoA) is a student’s official results notice.

  • The NZRoA lists qualifications achieved, including NCEA Certificates.
  • It can be downloaded at any time from the NZQA website for the previous years’ qualifications and results.
  • Final results and qualifications for the previous school year are available on the NZRoA after internal and external results are released in mid-January (e.g. results for 2017 are available 16 January 2018).

The Thai Overseas Results Notice (ORN)

  • The Thai ORN is a summary of qualifications, NCEA Levels, subjects, credits and grades from the previous years’ study. It is available in mid-January each year.
  • International fee-paying students with Thai citizenship can download their Thai ORN PDF for free from the 'Order documents' section of the learner login. Thai students who have New Zealand residency should contact NZQA directly or the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok.

For students who completed NCEA Level 2 in 2017 or earlier:

Thai universities will use the NZRoA and Thai ORN to check whether the student’s results meet either Option 1 or Option 2 for NCEA Level 2–Matthayom 6 equivalency. If there are any difficulties, contact NZQA International. We will work with the universities directly.

For students completing NCEA Level 2 from 2018:

The Thai ORN will clearly show whether the student’s results meet the criteria for either option. It will have one of the following sentences:

  • These results meet Option 1 requirements for Matthayom 6 for the academic year (date).
  • These results meet Option 2 requirements for Matthayom 6 for the academic year (date).
  • These results do not meet NCEA requirements for Matthayom 6.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries to:

International Unit
NZQA
Telephone: +64 (0)4 463 3000
Email: internationalunit@nzqa.govt.nz

 
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