Changes to the NCEA requirements for 2020

NZQA know some of you and your whānau are worried that you might not be able to attain NCEA or UE this year, because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

To help address this and support students, NZQA are making the following changes to the NCEA requirements for this year:

  • Students working towards an NCEA 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 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 2 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.  The total for NCEA Level 2 is still 80 credits [60 L2 and 20 L1+]
  • Certificate Endorsements – Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50.
  • Course Endorsements – Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • As you know, External NCEA examinations 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 4.
  • 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 give students more time to complete their portfolios.

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

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