The Educational system of New Zealand Primary/ Intermediate ( Ages 5-12 ) Secondary ( Ages ) Tertiary : 1. Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and Private Education Providers. 2. Universities and colleges of education
The system of education can be divided into four parts : AGEYEAR 51Primary school commences 62Primary school Primary school 117Primary or intermediate school 128Primary or intermediate school 139Secondary school 1410Secondary school 1511NCEA* Level NCEA* Level NCEA* Level 3
Secondary education curriculum Years 9-10 Students in Years 9 and 10 study a basic core of subjects: English, social study, general studies, maths, music, art and crafts and physical education. Years The NCEA is New Zealand s main national qualification for secondary students in Years 11-13
National Certificate of Educational Achievement NCEA Level 1 is offered in Year 11 Level 2 in Year 12 Level 3 ( and 4 Scholarship qualification) in Year 13 These 3(4) levels are first steps of eight levels in the National Qualifications Framework. NCEA enables students to link their secondary education to their tertiary education, with all levels recognised by universities and other tertiary education providers around New Zealand.
Secondary education as a pathway to further study There are numerous educational opportunities at tertiary level. Options available for further study include: Foundations Studies are an introduction to the NZ education system and courses are useful for students looking to enter the tertiary education system. Universities (There are about eight State Universities. More then 110 thousand students study there(3-10% are foreigners)). Institutes of technology and polytechnics Private training establishments ( most run on a similar timetable to state tertiary institutions.
Courses of English language As a rule studying for foreign students in NZ starts with these courses. There is a wide choice of special language centres and departments of studying English at Polytechnics or Universities. Training is conducted in groups or individually. They are : Business English English during holidays Languages International - IELTS or TOEFL preparation course. General English