Edgewater College is a state-owned school, and teaches to the National Curriculum and delivers the nationally-approved qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).   

NCEA is recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.

We aim to prepare students well for further education and training once they leave school - at least, NCEA Level 2.     

For students who will be applying for entry to university in 2015 and beyond, NCEA Level 3 is a minimum requirement for most courses.

New Zealand has arrangements with some countries for NCEA to be recognised for university entrance. However, if you are planning to go to university overseas, you will also need to meet requirements for the country you wish to study in. Some countries have their own specific requirements that you must achieve.

NCEA Level 3 Certificate requires at least 80 credits.  Of those, 60 credits or more must be at Level 3 or higher and up to 20 credits at Level 2 or higher.  Students must also have at least Level 1 Numeracy & Literacy

Click here for more information about international recognition of qualifications from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).  


Getting to University:

Students can get advice about programme requirements from the careers advisor and the deans. We offer "academic counselling" to students and parents to help you to plan a programme that prepares you well for the programme you want to do.  

For University Entrance, you will need a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects. Ask the careers advisor whether the subjects you are taking are approved for University Entrance.  

You will also need to meet the literacy and numeracy standards. 

To meet the literacy standard, you will need a minimum of 10 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; 5 credits must be in Reading and 5 credits must be in Writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on www.nzqa.govt.nz

For the numeracy standard, you will need a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics from specific Achievement standards or three specific Numeracy Unit standards.

However, it is strongly recommended that you achieve a total of 17 or more credits in NCEA Level 2 or 3 English. This will be the level of literacy required for entry to all degree programmes at the University of Auckland in 2016.

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways


The Vocational Pathways are a new tool to help you decide about your subject options at NCEA Level 2. There are six pathways to employment and careers. The pathways are designed to help students to develop their education plan, so you are better informed and able to make better choices to meet you goals.

Students should go to the Profile Builder available on the government's Youth Guarantee website.  Our careers advisor can also help you to use this tool to decide what subjects you should take.  


NCEA Employment Focused Subjects


• Edgewater College offers some subjects that are for students who do not intend to go to university. These courses are largely made up of internally assessed Unit Standards. They may include some achievement standards.

• They are generally open entry i.e. they may be picked up without prior learning (with permission).

• These subjects are NOT intended to prepare students for University or other degree study and are NOT approved subjects for University Entrance.

• A course including 2 or more of these subjects is suited to Year 12 and 13 students who do NOT intend to go to University, or study at degree level, when they leave school.

• Students work towards achieving their NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates. These subjects combine to form a vocational pathway with practical learning. They help prepare students for entry into certificate and diploma level courses, apprenticeships and employment.


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32 Edgewater Drive
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