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Word format - 1039 National Certificate of Educational Achievement

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National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3)

Level 3

    Credits 80

Purpose

    This is one of three National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEAs) designed to recognise the general achievement of 16 to 19 year old learners. The NCEAs are

    qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework and are intended to be accessible to all sectors of the target market.

The NCEA (Level 3) is designed to:

    ? acknowledge achievement across a range of learning fields, particularly those identified

    in the New Zealand Curriculum;

    ? act as a learning goal; and

    ? attest to the ability to participate in, and benefit from, further study thereby promoting

    lifelong learning.

    The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) is designed to enable access to the skills required for employment. People certificated at level 3 have typically shown themselves able to integrate knowledge and skills to solve unfamiliar problems; access, analyse and use available sources of information; and work independently in undirected activity. The qualification also provides a more advanced foundation for further study and knowledge.

    The NCEA (Level 3) may lead to other specialised qualifications at higher levels.

    Both achievement standards and unit standards can contribute credit toward NCEAs. Achievement standards have been written in most conventional school subject areas by expert panels. They differ from unit standards in that they recognise three grades of award within the one standard achievement, achievement with merit, and achievement

    with excellence. This allows for flexible assessment practices, and recognises a wide range of individual learning experiences, styles, and levels of attainment.

The NCEA qualifications and achievement standards are designed to:

    ? motivate learners to achieve to their potential and help them market their achievements; ? assist institutions to guide students and monitor achievement; and

    ? provide data to assist government and providers to monitor progress in relation to

    qualification-related education policies.

    A range of national certificates exists on the National Qualifications Framework to certify achievement in specialist areas and credit towards those qualifications may also be used to meet NCEA requirements. Credit gained towards other qualifications may also be used to meet the requirements of the NCEAs, provided they are both quality assured and on the NZQA Approved List for NCEA Credit Inclusion.

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The NCEAs at levels 1, 2, and 3 are government initiatives that replaced School Certificate,

    Sixth Form Certificate, Higher School Certificate, and University Entrance, Bursaries and

    Scholarship examinations.

Special Notes

    The NCEA qualifications can be awarded with the endorsements with merit or with excellence.

Credit Range

Level 2 credits 0-20

    Level 3 or above credits 60-80

    Minimum totals 80

Requirements for Award of Qualification

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) will be awarded to people

    who are credited with a minimum of 80 credits at level 2 or above, of which a minimum of

    60 credits is at level 3 or above, from achievement standards and/or unit standards

    anywhere on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

    The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) with merit will be awarded to people who meet the above requirements and who achieve a minimum of 50 credits with

    merit, or merit and excellence, from achievement standards at Level 3.

    The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) with excellence will be awarded to people who meet the above requirements and who achieve a minimum of 50

    credits with excellence from achievement standards at Level 3.

Please note: NQF qualifications have components for which there are automatically

    transferable credits. Credits gained for the NCEA (Level 2) may be used towards meeting

    the requirements of the NCEA (Level 3) as well as other qualifications registered on the

    NQF.

Credit Exclusion

    The National Certificate of Educational Achievement will not count credits twice for the

    same learning outcome. Where two registered standards assess substantially the same

    learning outcome they are considered mutually exclusive for this qualification. Details of

    mutually exclusive standards are provided in the NZQA Rules and Procedures publications available at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/acrp/secondary/7/73.html.

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Credit Inclusion

    The National Certificates of Educational Achievement have provision for recognition of

    credits from other qualifications that are both quality assured and on the Approved List for

    NCEA Credit Inclusion. Details of the process for applying for credit inclusion are outlined

    in the NZQA Rules and Procedures publications available at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/acrp/secondary/7/741.html. Credits from courses on the

    Approved List for NCEA Credit Inclusion are not awarded with grades and cannot count

    towards the award of the NCEA with endorsement.

NB The award of a Level 3 NCEA qualification is not equivalent to the award of University

    Entrance. The requirements for university entrance are available at

    http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/ue/index.html.

Award of NQF Qualifications

Credit gained for a standard may be used only once to meet the requirements of this qualification.

Unit standards and achievement standards that are equivalent in outcome are mutually exclusive for the

    purpose of award. The table of mutually exclusive standards is provided in section 7 of the New Zealand

    Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Rules and Procedures publications available at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/acrp/index.html.

Reviewed standards that continue to recognise the same overall outcome are registered as new versions

    and retain their identification number (ID). Any version of a standard with the same Id may be used to meet

    qualification requirements that list the ID and/or that specify the past or current classification of the standard.

Detailed Requirements

As set out above.

Transition Arrangements

Version 4

Version 4 was issued to include provisions for the award of the qualification with Merit and

    Excellence.

Provisions for endorsement of the NCEA with merit or excellence apply to all certificates

    awarded from 2007 onwards.

Candidates will be able to have any NCEA certificates already awarded retrospectively

    endorsed with merit or excellence, if the credits gained for these certificates meet the

    endorsement criteria.

For administrative reasons, applications from candidates who have left school and who

    wish to apply for retrospective endorsement of a certificate cannot apply until after May

    2008. For such candidates, there will be a charge associated with the issuing of the

    endorsed certificate.

    For detailed information see Review Summaries on the NZQA website.

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Previous versions of the qualification

Version 3 was issued to amend the credit inclusion section of the purpose statement.

Version 2 was issued to update the purpose statement.

NQF Registration Information

Process Version Date Last Date for Assessment

    Registration 1 August 2003 N/A Revision 2 November 2005 N/A Revision 3 November 2006 N/A Revision 4 January 2008 N/A

Standard Setting Body

Ministry of Education

    PO Box 1666

    WELLINGTON

Telephone 04 463 8000

    Facsimile 04 463 8001

    Email ncea.feedback@minedu.govt.nz

Planned Review

Any person or organisation may contribute to the review of this qualification by sending

    feedback to the standard setting body at the above address.

Next Review 2009

Other standard setting bodies whose standards are included in the

    qualification

NZQA

Certification

The certificate will only display the NCEA logo, the Ministry of Education logo, and the

    NZQA logo.

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Classification

This qualification is classified according to the NQF classification system and the

    New Zealand Standard Classification of Education (NZSCED) system as specified below.

NQF Classification NZSCED

    Code Description Code Description

     Multi-Field 120101 Mixed Field Programmes >

    General Education

    Programmes > General Primary

    and Secondary Education

Quality Management Systems

Providers and Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by a recognised Quality Assurance Body

    before they can register credits from assessment against standards. Accredited providers and Industry

    Training Organisations assessing against standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to

    those standards. Accreditation requirements and the moderation system are outlined in the associated

    Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) for each standard.

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