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Understanding NCEA courses

  • Each course contains several Achievement Standards, Unit Standards or a combination of both.
  • Each standard (like a topic), is worth a number of ‘credits’ which relates to how much work is needed to complete the standard.
  • Achievement Standards (AS)  can be achieved, achieved with merit and achieved with excellence.
  • Students will receive a description from their teacher at the beginning of each standard of what is required to gain an  excellence, merit or achieved result.

Internal and external assessment

  • Most courses have a combination of internally and externally assessed standards.
  • Achievement Standards can be assessed internally (within school) or externally (an exam at the end of the year, or a portfolio of work which is sent away to be marked).
  • Unit Standards (US) are assessed as achieved or not achieved and are always internally assessed.