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

Children’s schooling begins at primary school. If it’s a ‘full’ primary school, they stay there from five to 12 years old. If it’s a ‘contributing’ primary school they will move onto to an ‘intermediate’ school for their last two primary school years, from 11-12 years old.


Year 7 - Year 8 (Ages 11 – 12 years)

Intermediate, where they’re available, provide a bridge to the next step of 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)

NCEA National Certificate Of Education Achievement.NCEA Level1NCEA Level2NCEA Level3

NCEA (the National Certificate of Educational Achievement) is the main secondary school qualification in New Zealand.
NCEA is actually three certificates: it can be awarded at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students usually begin studying for their NCEA Level 1 in Year 11 and continue through Years 12 and 13 (from ages 15 through to 17)

For international students with Year 11 equivalent (ie: IGCSE/O-Levels/SPM) a foundation year or recognised Pre-U is required before commercing a Bachelor’s degree programme.

Foundation Programmes




Bachelor's Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Master's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Master's Degree


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