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NCEA Information

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2021 NCEA Handbook

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NCEA Information for Students and Parent/Guardians

Student course standards have been loaded on our Student Management System. You are able to view your student’s progress at any time via the College Caregiver Portal

Students will complete 6 courses in years 11, 12 and 13 working to achieve NCEA Level One, Two and Three. We recommend all students from Roncalli College leave with at least NCEA Level Two.

To achieve NCEA Level 1 you must gain

  • 80 credits (at Level One or higher) - this must Include 10 numeracy credits and 10 literacy credits

To achieve NCEA Level 2 you must gain

  • 60 credits (at Level 2 or higher);

  • 20 credits at any level (can be gained the previous year);

  • The Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met.

To achieve NCEA Level 3 you must gain

  • 60 credits at Level 3;

  • 20 credits at Level 2 or above (can be gained the previous year);

  • The Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met.

To achieve University Entrance you must gain

  • NCEA Level 3;

  • 14 credits in at least three University Entrance approved subjects as listed in the Senior Curriculum Handbook; 

  • UE Literacy consisting of 5 writing credits and 5 reading credits from approved standards; 

  • UE Numeracy consisting of 10 credits at Level 1 or above (the same as the requirement for NCEA numeracy).

Students can achieve a course endorsement of Achieved, Merit or Excellence if they gain at least 14 credits in one course during the same calendar year. This has to include credits from at least one external standard (except PE and RST).

Students can achieve a certificate endorsement if they gain 50 credits at Merit level or higher for a Merit endorsement or 50 credits at Excellence level for an Excellence endorsement. Students who gain NCEA Level Two and Three with Excellence may qualify for monetary scholarships at some Tertiary institutions.

Internal Assessment information

Students complete internal assessments throughout the year. These are set and assessed by College staff. Students will receive a grade for their assessment of Not Achieved, Achieved, Merit or Excellence, and gain the amount of credits attached to the assessments (if A, M or E is gained). They will gain no credits for a Not Achieved grade.

Some assessments build over a period of time and students will be able to gain feedback and feed forward. As the due date nears, this will become less specific so that authenticity is gained.

At the discretion of the classroom teacher and Curriculum Leader, students may be offered a resubmission opportunity where they can correct minor errors or omissions to move from a Not Achieved grade to an Achieved grade. Students must be capable of finding and correcting the mistakes on their own. Merit and Excellence grades are not available for resubmitted work.

External Assessment information and Assessment Week

Students complete external assessments during the NCEA examination period. These assessments are created and assessed by NZQA and the results are returned to students mid January.
Formal assessment opportunities are held at the College in Terms 2 and 3. Internal assessments and derived grade opportunities for external standards are held during this time. Derived grades are used when considering school prizes for students (alongside internal results) and are provided to NZQA when a student is unable to sit the final NCEA examination(s) due to circumstances beyond their control. 


By completing and submitting any assessment, students have acknowledged that it was all their own work. All sources used have been referenced and a bibliography provided. If the assessment is found to be plagiarised the classroom teacher and Curriculum leader will award a Not Achieved grade. A discussion with the student will take place and parent/guardians will be notified.

Medical/Unplanned Absence

When a student is unable to present himself/herself for an assessment task or item, the approved medical certificate or other appropriate evidence (eg a newspaper bereavement notice) must be provided. 


Students must submit all assessments on the due date by 3.30pm. 

If a student does not submit their work on time due to an unjustified absence, the students will receive a Not Achieved result. If a student knows in advance of an absence, they may be given the opportunity to complete the assessment prior to their absence but the classroom teacher does not have to provide any extra teaching/resources.

If the student is representing the College, the province or the country,  the student will make arrangements with their classroom teacher for an alternative due date. They need to fill in and submit a Senior Student Leave Application Form prior to their absence.


To track student progress, the following is available 

  • Student/Caregiver portal

  • NZQA website login

  • NCEA track app


For academic queries, the first port of call for students and parents/guardians at the College is the student’s subject teacher or subject Curriculum Leader.

If necessary, you can also contact the following staff:

Year Level Deans

Year 11 - Sally Betts (

Year 12 - Craig Hinton (

Year 13 - Nic Wilson (

Academic Dean and NZQA liaison (Principal’s Nominee)

Belinda Leckie (

Full details are available in the NCEA Handbook.

NCEA Assessment Appeal Form

NCEA Assessment Appeal Form

Student Portal

Student Portal

Caregiver Portal

Caregiver Portal


This prospectus aims to provide a brief overview of what Roncalli can offer each student during their important years.


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