Primary Schools

Year 1 - Year 6 (Ages 5 - 12 years old)

Children’s schooling begins at primary school. In a ‘complete’ primary school, they study there from 5 to 12 years old. In a ‘contributing’ primary school, students will move onto to an ‘intermediate’ school for their last two primary school years, which are from 11-12 years old (Years 5 – 6)

Intermediate Schools

Year 7 - Year 8 (Ages 11 – 12 years)

Intermediate schools, where they’re available, provide a bridge to the next step: Secondary school (which is also sometimes called college, high school or grammar school)

Secondary Schools / Colleges

Year 9 - Year 10 ( Ages 13 – 14)
Year 11 - Year 13 (Ages 15 – 17)

About the NCEA: National Certificate Of Education Achievement. NCEA Level 1NCEA Level 2NCEA Level 3

NCEA (The National Certificate of Educational Achievement) is the main secondary school qualification in New Zealand. Students usually begin studying for their NCEA Level 1 in Year 11, Level 2 in Year 12 and Level 3 in Year 13 (from ages 15 through to 17). Having said that, it is not uncommon for students to study across multiple levels. Upon completion of NCEA, students gain direct access into Year 1 of a Bachelor's degree.

Meanwhile, international students who have completed a Year 11 equivalent outside NZ (ie: IGCSE/O-Levels/SPM) will need to do a recognised 1 year foundation or Pre-U (A-Levels/Ausmat/CPU/IB etc) before commercing a Bachelor’s degree programme.

Foundation Programmes

Students proceed to tertiary institutions upon completion of NCEA/foundation/Pre-U.



Bachelor's Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Master's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Master's Degree


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