A full time course in Year 11 will cover approximately 110 credits. In order to qualify for NCEA Level 1 a student must gain 80 credits. A student can obtain NCEA Level 1 with Merit or Excellence endorsements. A Merit endorsement requires 50 Level 1 (or above) credits at Merit or Excellence. An Excellence endorsement requires 50 Level 1 (or above) credits at Excellence.
Included in these 80 credits must be ten Literacy credits and ten Numeracy credits. These come from a specific list of standards and can be gained in a wide range of courses. Students will be directed to the English and Mathematics courses based on their overall achievement in Year 10. The courses chosen will be matched to best suit the ability and needs of each student. Even though Science is not compulsory it is strongly recommended (BIO101, GSC101, SCI101, SCE101, SCP101, SCI102).
In general, NCEA Level 1 courses consist of some internal and a majority of external Achievement Standards (code 101), a majority of internal Achievement Standards (code 102) or Unit Standards (Code 103).
Students can gain Course Endorsement in individual courses. Excellence Endorsement for a course requires 14 credits at Excellence Level in a particular course. Students who gain 14 credits at Merit Level (or Merit and Excellence) will gain a Merit Course Endorsement. The total 14 credits in either Endorsement must include at least 3 internal and 3 external credits (except for Physical Education courses which are only assessed internally). Course Endorsement must be obtained within an academic year.
Both Level 1 Achievement Standards and Unit Standards offer credits that count towards a student’s NCEA Level 1 qualification. Only Achievement Standards are able to count towards endorsement as they offer Merit and Excellence grades. General information about assessment procedures will be available near the start of the year in the Assessment Booklet. Specific details of assessments in each course will be given to students by their teachers.
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