NZQA brochures and videos

NCEA brochures are available for schools to order and distribute to students and their parent community. Any of these brochures can also be requested by contacting the Communications team.

There are also NCEA brochures available in other languages from the Ministry of Education that can be used to support refugee communities who do not speak English as a first language.

Please note the below publications don’t reflect the changes to NCEA and University Entrance announced on 3 June and 8 September 2020.

Secondary school and NCEA

A Guide to NCEA - for secondary school students and parents (PDF, 662KB)

Also available:

He Whakamārama mō te NCEA - Te reo Māori (PDF, 694KB)

Te kite maramaanga i te NCEA - Cook Islands Māori (PDF, 2.1MB)

Ai Dusidusi ki na NCEA - Fijian (available as pdf only) (PDF, 716KB)

Te Kairi Nakon NCEA - Kiribati (available as pdf only) (PDF, 718KB)

Ko te maamaaga ke he NCEA - Niuean (PDF, 1.7MB)

O le Ta'iala mo le NCEA - Samoan (PDF, 722KB)

Ko e Fakataukei ki he NCEA - Tongan (PDF, 726KB)

Guide to NCEA cover


NCEA Online

NCEA Online flyer

NZQA is changing how students can do their NCEA exams - from handwritten papers, to online, using a PC or laptop. To find out more about what's happening, why it's important and how we're involving schools, we have developed a flyer, Supporting digital transformation in schools (PDF, 1.8MB).

This is also available in Te Reo Māori here: Te tautoko i ngā mahi aromatawai matihiko i roto i ngā kura (PDF, 1.8MB)

Information for whānau and caregivers is available in the following languages as PDF only:

English (PDF, 5MB)
Samoan (PDF, 4.8MB)
Tongan (PDF, 5.1MB)
Kiribati (PDF, 5MB)
Tuvaluan (PDF, 5MB)

Introducing NCEA - Pocket guide

Introducing NCEA English brochure cover

NZQA has a new brochure for students and whānau, and it even fits in your pocket. Introducing NCEA will give students the essential information to kickstart their NCEA journey.

This pocket guide complements the How NCEA Works video, which is available on our website, where navigating through NCEA is presented as a journey. Like all journeys, there are different levels, and you build on things you learnt before.

This pocket guide is also available in Te Reo Māori (physical copies only)


They are available to order here.

Animated NCEA video
If you'd prefer, you can watch a short animation on how NCEA works.


Navigate NCEA (PDF, 2.2MB)

STEM It Up! (PDF, 3.3MB)


These NCEA factsheets are designed to be printed off individually or viewed online.

Factsheet 1: What is NCEA? (PDF, 811KB)

Factsheet 2: NCEA and recognising excellence (PDF, 825KB)

Factsheet 3: NCEA – choosing a course or subjects at school (PDF, 830KB)

Factsheet 4: NCEA – internal and external assessment (PDF, 830KB)

Factsheet 5: NCEA and University Entrance (PDF, 822KB)

Factsheet 6: How NCEA results are recognised overseas (PDF, 809KB)

International students

A brochure is also available for international students considering studying NCEA in New Zealand. (PDF, 787KB)

Studying in New Zealand

Also available:

Thai (available as pdf only) (PDF, 4.5MB)

Korean (available as pdf only) (PDF, 580KB)

Japanese (available as pdf only) (PDF, 627KB)

Simplified Chinese (PDF, 735KB)

German (PDF, 565KB)

Spanish (PDF, 567KB)


Te Waharoa brochure - National Certificate in Māori (PDF, 434KB) - The first national qualification to recognise a broad range of Māori skills and knowledge from Putaiao to Māori Performing Arts

 Te Waharoa brochure National Certificate in Māori

Enhancing Mātauranga Māori and Global Indigenous Knowledge - A collaboration of intellectual discourse by Māori and indigenous scholars on transitioning mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge into the 21st century.


 Enhancing Mātauranga Māori book

Conversations on Mātauranga Māori - A collection of critical essays that helps refine our understanding and descriptions of mātauranga Māori.

 Conversations on Matauranga Māori book

Book of Proceedings - Hui Mana Tohu Matauranga Conference, Waiwhetu Marae, 24 June 2009. Drawing from the last two or three decades of Māori social, cultural, educational and economic development, Hui Mana Tohu Mātauranga touched upon a range of relevant and related themes and topics.

Book of Proceedings cover
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