Academic pathways


St. Peter’s Cambridge offers a diverse range of subject options, thanks to the flexible structure of the NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) courses. Students taking the NCEA pathway at St. Peter’s can choose from 20-30 subject options, depending on their year level.

This flexibility allows students to tailor their studies to align with their future goals or to explore a broad range of subjects for a well-rounded education. In Year 12, students study six subjects at NCEA Level 2, while in Year 13, they take five subjects at NCEA Level 3 along with a study line.

Our academic planning and tracking systems help students select courses that meet NCEA requirements at each level and allow them to monitor their progress throughout the year. Career guidance is also available to ensure students understand the entry requirements for their chosen tertiary education or career path.

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Our courses challenge students of all abilities across all learning areas, offering significant flexibility in course selection. Our pass rates for NCEA Levels 2, and 3 are consistently at 95% or above, with many students achieving Merit and Excellence endorsements.

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NCEA uses a standards-based assessment model, where learning is evaluated through various standards. Each standard is assessed using appropriate methods including internal and external assessments, that accommodate diverse learning styles. Internal and external examinations are conducted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Further education

An impressive 84% of St. Peter’s students go on to pursue further education after completing Level 3 NCEA with University Entrance. We encourage families to check with universities for specific course entrance requirements or seek guidance from our student futures department.

Recent St. Peter’s graduates have gone on to attend prestigious universities, including Auckland University and Otago University in New Zealand, and Princeton University and Stanford University in the United States.

NCEA at St. Peter’s School provides a robust, flexible, and comprehensive education pathway, preparing students for both higher education and a diverse range of career opportunities. Our focus on academic planning, monitoring, and career guidance ensures that students are well-equipped to meet the demands of their future educational and career endeavours.

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