Awarding of NCEA Level 2 after leaving school

In attempting new qualifications while undertaking tertiary study, many students are also completing NCEA – often at Level 2.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is working to ensure those who have successfully gained NCEA through further study and workplace training are aware of their achievement.

NCEA Level 2 has become an important and well regarded qualification, and is often a necessary requirement for the entry level of jobs. There are a number of people who have left school without fully completing the qualification but have since earned further credits while undertaking further study. This means they may now have the 80 credits needed to achieve NCEA Level 2 but they may not be aware of it.

Credits gained at school can be combined with those gained in tertiary study or workplace learning and students are able to constantly build on their qualifications.

NZQA encourages students who didn’t get NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 at school, but who have since gained more credits while undertaking other study, to contact NZQA to confirm whether or not they have also successfully gained an NCEA qualification.

Students can contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 or by email to discuss their record of achievement if they think they may have gained further credits towards NCEA achievement, or if still studying, they can also discuss this with their education provider.

Further information:

Fact sheet for students (PDF, 13KB)

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