NCEA at Sacred Heart Girls’ College

Derived Grade Examinations

Dates: Monday 14th – Friday 18th September, 2020

Timetable and Important Information: View here


Changes to NCEA for 2020

In response to the interruption to learning due to Covid-19 Lockdown, NZQA have made the following changes to the requirements for qualifications in 2020.

Operational Changes:

  • External NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams are now from 16 November – 9 December. View the timetable here
  • Design and Visual Communication and Level 3 Visual Art portfolios now need to be submitted by 12 November

Changes to Qualification Requirements for 2020:

  • Students are entitled to 1 LR (Learning Recognition) credit for every 5 they achieve through internal/external assessment – maximum of 10 at Level 1 or 8 at Level 2 and 3
  • An excellence endorsement certificate requires 46 excellence credits. A merit endorsement certificate requires 46 merit or excellence credits
  • The requirement for a course or subject endorsement is reduced to 12 credits
  • University Entrance requirement for 2020 has been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in each of three approved subjects

Senior Derived Grade Assessment Week:

After much consideration, we have made the decision to move the dates for our Senior Derived Grade (Practice Assessment) Week to Term 3, Week 9 (14 – 18 September). This reflects the shift of NCEA assessments to later in the year, and will allow our students further opportunities for learning to ensure they are prepared and ‘ready’ to complete practice assessments. The majority of subjects will run practice examinations which are an important opportunity for students to gauge their progress against the national standard. Practice assessments are based on the requirements for the external examinations and indicate to students those areas where they need to focus to improve before the final examinations in November. The results from these examinations may also be required as evidence if your daughter needs to apply for a derived grade due to unforeseen circumstances at the time of their external exams.

Some subjects will use this week to offer further assessment opportunities, while others will use the time to undertake internal assessment. Students will be given a copy of the Assessment Week timetable and it will also be published on the school website in Term 3.

Students choose from a range of NCEA courses covering practical and academic skills which offer credits towards this qualification through both Unit Standards and Achievement Standards.  Students’ work is assessed against standards which describe what a student can do.

NCEA Explained

Assessment Requirements

There are assessment requirements for NCEA. Year 11-13 students receive this information, which can also be found here. This information must be read carefully, and the Authenticity Agreement must be signed and returned it to your daughter’s CCM Companion.  The paragraph that relates to authenticity must be emphasized. Students who copy the work of another student, allow their work to be copied, or pass off the work of another as their own, will receive a Not Achieved grade and will not have a further assessment opportunity.

Achievement Standards

Achievement Standards can be assessed by both internal and external assessment.  Students can gain Excellence, Merit or Achieved in these standards.

Unit Standards

Unit Standard assessment is completely internally assessed.  Students can only gain an Achieved grade for these standards.

NCEA Qualifications

There are three NCEA qualifications: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

  • For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 1, they must achieve 80 Credits. Of these,10 credits must be in literacy standards and 10 credits in numeracy standards.
  • For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 2, they must achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be from Level 2 standards.
  • For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 3, they must achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be from Level 3 and 20 from Level 2 or higher standards.

Certificate Endorsements (for 2020 only:

  • Should a student attain 46 credits at a particular level with Merit, the student will gain a Merit Endorsement at that level.
  • Should a student attain 46 credits at a particular level with Excellence, the student will gain an Excellence Endorsement at that level.

Students will gain a course endorsement (at Merit/Excellence) for each individual course (subject) where they achieve:

  • 12 credits at Merit or Excellence Level.
  • And at least 3 externally assessed and 3 internally assessed credits at the respective Merit or Excellence Level.

For help with National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) subjects please check out the Studyit website.

Learn More About NCEA