There are a wide variety of resources available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assist you with understanding NCEA. Further information provided by NZQA will be added to this page during the year as it becomes available. If you have any questions about NCEA, contact Assistant Principal-Curriculum, Ms Juliet Collins.
NCEA Derived Grades
Derived Grades Guidelines
Derived grades are for exam candidates who, just before or during the examinations, suffer
- a temporary illness,
- trauma ( i.e. a deeply distressing or disturbing experience) or misadventure (i.e. an event beyond their control),
- another serious event.
The illness, trauma or event must have a clear and observable detrimental effect on the candidate’s performance and/or attendance.
Candidates should sit the examination where-ever possible.
Candidates who sit the examination but believe that their performance was significantly impaired by the illness, trauma or event, or were unable to sit the examination should apply for a derived grade.
Applications must refer to events of a medical or non-medical nature that:
- have clearly had a significant effect on the candidate during the examination
- stopped the candidate from attending the examination.
The full guidelines and application forms can be viewed on the NZQA website below.Derived Grades NZQA Website
- An Excellence endorsement of an NCEA certificate is issued to candidates who have achieved 50 or more credits from standards with a grade of Excellence at the same or higher Level as the NCEA Certificate being endorsed.
- A Merit endorsement of an NCEA certificate is issued to candidates who have achieved 50 or more credits from standards with a grade of either Merit or Excellence at the same or higher Level as the NCEA Certificate being endorsed.
You can find the Awards Handbook below.Handbooks