NZQA’s NCEA changes

Changes have been made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for 2020. This action has been taken in response to the disruption caused nationally by COVID-19. Please see NZQA’s summary of changes to NCEA here.

As a school, we will continue to encourage and support our students to achieve their greatest potential through our school’s vision statement of ‘personal excellence for global success’.

The changes to NCEA and UE are as follows:

Students working towards an NCEA qualification can gain additional credits based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every five credits a student achieves towards their NCEA, either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional one credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of eight additional credits.  Learning Recognition credits will be calculated by NZQA once internal and external results are known.  They will not contribute to endorsements.

Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course in a year (rather than 14) will be awarded a course endorsement.

Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.

External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term Four.

The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to allow students more time to complete their portfolios.

The changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our students during this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

If you have any queries about the changes, please contact your Atawhai leader.


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