NZQA brochures and videos

A range of publications and resources are produced by NZQA, including brochures to support student, whānau, and community understanding of NCEA.

NCEA brochures are available for schools to order (PDF, 177KB) and distribute to students and their parent community. Any of these brochures can also be requested by completing this online form.

There are also NCEA brochures available in other languages from the Ministry of Education that can be used to support refugee communities who do not speak English as a first language.

Secondary school and NCEA

Guide to NCEA cover

A Guide to NCEA - for secondary school students and parents (PDF, 662KB)

Also available in the following languages:

He Whakamārama mō te NCEA - Te reo Māori (PDF, 694KB)

Te kite maramaanga i te NCEA - Cook Islands Māori (available as pdf only) (PDF, 1.1MB)

Ai Dusidusi ki na NCEA - Fijian (PDF, 716KB)

Te Kairi Nakon NCEA - Kiribati (PDF, 718KB)

Ko te maamaaga ke he NCEA - Niuean (available as pdf only) (PDF, 1.7MB)

O le Ta'iala mo le NCEA - Samoan (PDF, 722KB)

Ko e Fakataukei ki he NCEA - Tongan (PDF, 726KB)

NCEA Online

NCEA Online flyer

NZQA is changing how students can do their NCEA exams - from handwritten papers, to online, using a PC or laptop. To find out more about what's happening, why it's important and how we're involving schools, we have developed a flyer, Supporting digital transformation in schools (PDF, 1.8MB).

This is also available in Te Reo Māori here:
Te tautoko i ngā mahi aromatawai matihiko i roto i ngā kura (PDF, 1.8MB)

Information for whānau and caregivers is available in the following languages as PDF only:

Introducing NCEA - Pocket guide

Introducing NCEA English brochure cover

NZQA has a new brochure for students and whānau, and it even fits in your pocket. Introducing NCEA will give students the essential information to kickstart their NCEA journey.

This pocket guide complements the How NCEA Works video, which is available on our website, where navigating through NCEA is presented as a journey. Like all journeys, there are different levels, and you build on things you learnt before.

This pocket guide is also available in Te Reo Māori (physical copies only) 

They are available to order here (PDF, 177KB).

If you'd prefer, you can watch a short animation on how NCEA works.

Download video (MP4, 44MB)read the transcript or view in other languages: 
Te reo Māori, Cook Island Māori, Niuean, Samoan, Tongan, New Zealand Sign Language, Japanese (subtitles)


Navigate NCEA (PDF, 2.2MB)

STEM It Up! (PDF, 3.3MB)







These NCEA factsheets are designed to be printed off individually or viewed online.

Factsheet 1: What is NCEA? (PDF, 811KB)

Factsheet 2: NCEA and recognising excellence (PDF, 825KB)

Factsheet 3: NCEA – choosing a course or subjects at school (PDF, 830KB)

Factsheet 4: NCEA – internal and external assessment (PDF, 830KB)

Factsheet 5: NCEA and University Entrance (PDF, 822KB)

Factsheet 6: How NCEA results are recognised overseas (PDF, 809KB)

International students

Studying in New Zealand

A brochure is also available for international students considering studying NCEA in New Zealand. (PDF, 787KB)

Also available in the following languages:

Thai (available as pdf only) (PDF, 4.5MB)

Korean (available as pdf only) (PDF, 580KB)

Japanese (available as pdf only)
(PDF, 627KB)
 A video about NCEA with Japanese subtitles is also available

Simplified Chinese (available as pdf only) (PDF, 735KB)

German (PDF, 565KB)

Spanish (PDF, 567KB)


Te Waharoa brochure National Certificate in Māori

Te Waharoa brochure - National Certificate in Māori
(PDF, 434KB)
The first national qualification to recognise a broad range of Māori skills and knowledge from Putaiao to Māori Performing Arts

Enhancing Mātauranga Māori book

Enhancing Mātauranga Māori and Global Indigenous Knowledge 
A collaboration of intellectual discourse by Māori and indigenous scholars on transitioning mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge into the 21st century.

Conversations on Matauranga Māori book

Conversations on Mātauranga Māori
A collection of critical essays that helps refine our understanding and descriptions of mātauranga Māori.

Book of Proceedings cover

Book of Proceedings
Hui Mana Tohu Matauranga Conference, Waiwhetu Marae, 24 June 2009. Drawing from the last two or three decades of Māori social, cultural, educational and economic development, Hui Mana Tohu Mātauranga touched upon a range of relevant and related themes and topics.

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