NZQA Christ's College Framework


Credits are earned as a result of being assessed against achievement standards or unit standards. All unit standards are assessed internally. Achievement standards can be either internally or externally assessed.

NCEA Level 1 To be awarded Level 1 a student must gain a total of 80 credits at Level 1 or higher including 10 Literacy and 10 Numeracy credits. These credits can be gained from a number of programmes and students who are unsure should check with Heads of Departments. Christ’s College no longer conducts assessment at Level 1; assessment at Level 2 will contribute to both Level 1 and Level 2. NCEA Level 2 …is awarded to students who gain 80 credits, at least 60 of which are at Level 2 or higher. 20 credits can be carried through from Level 1. NCEA Level 3 …is awarded to students who gain 80 credits, at least 60 of which are at Level 3 or higher and the remaining credits are at Level 2 or higher. NCEA Endorsements Endorsements are given at a Merit or Excellence level and there are two possible paths for endorsements within NCEA. They are: Subject endorsements will be awarded if a student achieves more than 14 credits (of which at least 3 are internally assessed and at least 3 are externally assessed) in a subject in one year. Exceptions for the requirement of internal and external credits are Physical Education, Religious Studies and L3 Visual Arts.

Level endorsements are awarded with Merit (50 or more credits earned with Merit and/or Excellence) or Excellence (50 or more credits earned with Excellence) in one level in one academic year.

University Entrance

Students will be qualified for entrance to a university in New Zealand if they have obtained: ● NCEA Level 3 ● Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of: ○ 14 credits each, in three approved subjects ● Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

○ 5 credits in reading ○ 5 credits in writing ● Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

○ achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or ○ unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Christ’s College Assessment Procedures


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