Earning and using Learning Recognition credits

Everyone working towards NCEA this year will have had their learning and assessment programme affected by COVID-19. To recognise this impact of this disruption, some changes have been made to NCEA and University Entrance for 2020.

One of these changes means you will earn Learning Recognition credits, based on the number of credits you achieve through internal and external assessment.

What are Learning Recognition credits?

For every 5 credits you achieve, you will earn 1 additional Learning Recognition credit – up to a maximum of 10 Learning Recognition credits at NCEA Level 1 or 8 Learning Recognition credits at NCEA Levels 2 or 3.

NZQA will automatically calculate your Learning Recognition credits in January 2021, when your exam and internal assessment results are known.

Learning Recognition credits count towards the same level of NCEA as the credits they are earned from – for example, if you achieve 5 credits at NCEA Level 2, the Learning Recognition credit you earn will also be at Level 2.

You will be able to see the Learning Recognition credits you have earned through your Learner Login once NCEA results are released. Until then, you can download a tracking sheet to help you calculate how many credits you have, and how many more you need to get your NCEA.

How do I make the most of Learning Recognition credits?

The total number of credits required to receive an NCEA is unchanged, however you have the opportunity to earn credits through Learning Recognition credits.

To get the maximum number of 10 LR credits towards NCEA Level 1, you will need to achieve at least 50 credits this year.

To get the maximum number of 8 LR Credits towards NCEA Level 2 or Level 3, you will need to achieve at least 40 credits this year at the level of NCEA you’re aiming for in 2020.

You will still need to ensure you reach the total credit requirements for NCEA, and meet the literacy and numeracy requirements.

What if I don’t have a whole 5 credits to earn a Learning Recognition credit?

If you don’t have enough credits from a single level to earn a whole Learning Recognition credit, they can contribute towards a Learning Recognition credit at a lower level.

For example:

  • If you have achieved 3 credits at Level 3 and 2 credits at Level 2, you have earned 1 Learning Recognition credit at Level 2.
  • If you have achieved 13 credits at Level 3 and 2 credits at Level 2, you have earned 2 Learning Recognition credits at Level 3 and 1 Learning Recognition credit at Level 2.
  • If you have achieved 3 credits at Level 3 and 12 credits at Level 2, you have earned 3 Learning Recognition credits at Level 2.

What if I get Learning Recognition credits for multiple levels?

If you have earned Learning Recognition credits for a higher level of NCEA than you are studying towards this year, NZQA will count them towards the higher level of NCEA in the future, as well as your NCEA this year.

For example, if you’re studying for NCEA Level 1 this year but also achieve 5 credits at Level 2 (and have therefore earned 1 Learning Recognition credit at Level 2), NZQA will count all 6 Level 2 credits towards your NCEA Level 1, and all 6 will count again towards Level 2 next year.

What if I don’t get enough credits to achieve my NCEA this year?

If you don’t receive enough credits to attain an NCEA in 2020, all your credits (including your Learning Recognition credits) will be able to be used towards the same level of NCEA in future.

What if I have other questions?

Please send us an email.

 
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