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National Information Centres

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa

PO Box 160

Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Phone: +64-4-463-3000
Fax: +64-4-463-3112
E-mail: alison.dittmercroad@nzqa.govt.nz
Web Site: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/
Contact person: Alison Dittmer Croad, Principal Policy Analyst, Policy and International

National Education Information Centre (NEIC) enquiries to:
Phone: +64-4-463-3000
Fax: +64-4-463-3112
E-mail: internationalunit@nzqa.govt.nz
Web Site: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/our-role-in-international-education/national-education-information-centre-neic/
Contact person: Please address all enquiries to the email above

Individual Qualification Recognition (postsecondary qualifications only) enquiries to:
Phone: +64-4-463-3000
Fax: +64-4-463-3112
E-mail: qrs@nzqa.govt.nz
Web Site: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz
Contact person: Please address all enquiries to the email above
NZQA The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Mana Toho Mātauranga o Aotearoa
NZQA

PO Box 160
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 (4) 463 3000
Fax: +64 (4) 463 3112
E-mail: neic@nzqa.govt.nz
Web Site: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/national-education-information-centre/
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National education bodies

Ministry of Education
Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

The Ministry of Education is the Government’s lead advisor on the education system, shaping direction for education agencies and providers and contributing to the Government’s goals for education.

Link(s): English
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa

NZQA's role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavours and to contribute to New Zealand society.

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Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is responsible for funding tertiary education in New Zealand, assisting learners to reach their full potential and contributing to the social and economic well-being of the country.

Link(s): English

System of education

Education in New Zealand, Ministry of Education

Our education system reflects our unique and diverse society, which welcomes different abilities, religious beliefs, ethnic groups, income levels and ideas about teaching and learning.

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University education

Universities New Zealand

Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara is the sector voice for all eight universities, representing their collective views nationally and internationally, championing the quality education. They deliver, and the important contribution they make to New Zealand, economically, socially and culturally.

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Studylink

Studylink is a Ministry of Social Development service. This service connects people with the information they need to make informed decisions about student finances and other study-related issues, and provide financial support to students.

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Quality Assurance in Higher Education

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

NZQA acts as a quality assurance body and approves all qualifications by Private Training Establishments (PTEs), Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), Wānanga and workplace training.

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Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP)

CUAP considers academic matters across the university system including the exercise of programme approval and moderation procedures, advice and comment on academic developments, and encouraging the universities to develop courses of study that will facilitate the transfer of students between programmes and institutions.

Link(s): English

Post-secondary non-university education

Ministry of Education

Tertiary education refers to all post-secondary education including higher and vocational education.





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New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Refer to above

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Studylink

Refer to above

Recognised higher education institutions

Tertiary Providers

Find information on tertiary providers in New Zealand such as contact details, institution information and regional information at the Education Counts website


Find more information on New Zealand providers at the Study in New Zealand website

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New Zealand Universities

Find information on New Zealand universities at the Study in New Zealand website

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Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

Qualifications Recognition Services (QRS)

The Qualifications Recognition Services (QRS) assess qualifications awarded outside of New Zealand. QRS determine whether overseas qualifications can be recognised in New Zealand and then provide comparison between those overseas qualifications and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

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Universities New Zealand

New Zealand universities may have their own procedures for the assessment and recognition of foreign credentials for entry into university programmes for persons undertaking further study. Please contact the university directly for further information. If the purpose is for a reason other than further study, please see the information above.

Link(s): English

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework

Framework

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) replaces the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications (the Register) and the National Qualifications Framework and is the definitive repository for nationally approved, quality-assured qualifications in New Zealand.


The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is the heart of New Zealand’s education system. All qualifications – both secondary and tertiary – listed on the NZQF come with an assurance of quality that is recognised and trusted worldwide.



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Policy

All qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework must meet the requirements outlined in Section 3 of the policy document, The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (PDF, 606KB). They must also be approved by the relevant quality assurance body.

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Self Evaluation Report


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Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation


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Link:

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Tertiary Education Qualification Statement

The Tertiary Education Qualification Statement (TEQS) is New Zealand’s Diploma Supplement-equivalent. It is a document issued on completion of a tertiary education qualification. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has developed the guidelines for implementing a TEQS in New Zealand.

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Access to higher education

Access to Higher Education

The national school leaving qualification giving access to higher education in New Zealand is the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).


NCEA is the main qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. There are three levels of NCEA.  In general, students work through levels 1, 2 and 3 in Years 11, 12 and 13 in school. Year 13 is the final year of secondary school.


The minimum requirement for admission to university in New Zealand is University Entrance (UE). To be awarded UE, students must gain NCEA Level 3, including 14 credits in each of three subjects on the approved subject list (embed link), and meet the literacy and numeracy requirements.


Universities may set specific programme entry requirements which may be higher than University Entrance e.g. for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.


Requirements for entry to non-university degree programmes and other tertiary programmes are established at a programme level by the individual teaching provider. A number of non-university tertiary providers choose to use NCEA Level 3 and UE.


National arrangements during COVID-19 pandemic

-  NCEA results are expected to be released in late January 2021 

-  To recognise the disruption to teaching, learning and assessment as a result of  COVID-19, changes were made to NCEA and UE. These changes only apply for 2020

-   Dates for examinations and portfolio submissions have been delayed to provide additional time for teaching and learning.