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Source: Te Kura – Correspondence School

In recognition of the disruption caused to teaching, learning and assessment as the result of COVID-19, several changes have been made to NCEA and University Entrance for 2020.

You can see the changes to NCEA in this New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) information sheet: NCEA and University Entrance 2020 COVID-19 Response (PDF)

Te Kura ākonga (students) are advised to contact their kaimanaaki (learning advisor) if they would like to discuss these changes further. 

Further information

On 13 May, the Government announced these changes to NCEA, which give students more time to prepare for end of year assessment and help manage the impact of the disruption COVID-19 has caused to schooling: 

  • Examinations for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship will now begin on 16 November instead of 6 November, and end on 9 December instead of 2 December. An updated examination timetable is availbale on the NZQA website.
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio has been extended, the new submisison dates for Te Kura ākonga (students) are here: Portfolio submission dates 2020 (PDF)
  • Read the full 13 May announcement on the NZQA website

On 3 June, additional changes to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) were announced. These are to give students a fair opportunity to achieve qualifications and awards despite the disruption to teaching, learning and assessment from COVID-19, while preserving the integrity of NCEA and UE. These changes apply only for 2020.

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA through internal or external assessment, they can be awarded an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 or 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits. These will be known as Learning Recognition (LR) credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects, from 14 credits in each of three approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet the literacy and numeracy requirement to be awarded University Entrance.
  • Read the full 3 June announcement on the NZQA website

Read more on the COVID-19 section of the NZQA website