Secondary School Education
Secondary education covers Years 9 to 13, (during which students are generally aged 13 to 17). Most secondary students in New Zealand attend Government-funded schools, which are known variously as secondary schools, high schools, colleges or area schools. The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the national senior secondary school qualification. Students are able to achieve the NCEA at three levels via a wide range of courses and subjects, both within and beyond the traditional school. For most students, the three levels of the NCEA correspond to the final three years of secondary schooling (Years 11-13). To gain an NCEA the student must achieve 80 credits on the National Qualifications Framework, 60 at the level of the certificate and 20 others. For More info click: www.ncea.govt.nz.
The term `tertiary education' in New Zealand is used to describe all aspects of post-school education and training. There are currently 36 public tertiary education institutions, including eight universities, twenty-one institutes of technology and polytechnics, four colleges of education, three wananga (Maori tertiary education institutions). There are also 46 industry training organisations, and approximately 895 private training establishments, which include private English language schools, registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Tertiary education providers meet the needs of learners of all ages, ethnicities, abilities and educational backgrounds. They offer courses at widely different levels, from transition programmes to postgraduate study and research. There are no fixed divisions between the types of courses offered by each classification of provider. The key focus is on their ability to offer programmes to the required quality standards, rather than on their organisational type
Technical and Vocational Education
Technical and Vocational Education is mainly offered at institutes of technology, polytechnics, private training establishments and in the workplace. However, some programmes are also available in secondary schools, wananga, government training establishments, one college of education and several universities..
Higher, or Degree-level Education
Higher, or Degree-level Education is mainly offered at universities, but some degree programmes are also available at institutes of technology, polytechnics, wananga and colleges of education, and at some private training establishments
Applying to Postgraduate Courses
Graduate Courses: An admission to a master degree course requires a bachelor's degree. A Masters Degree takes either one year after a Bachelor Degree with honours or two years after a Bachelor Degree.