Secondary education in New Zealand

In New Zealand, there are about 400 schools. The majority of schools in New Zealand – state, although there are also private schools, private boarding school, designed for foreign students, and religious schools. About 10% of schools offer separate education for boys and girls. Usually children enroll in primary school (Primary School) at the age of 5 years, although at the state level of compulsory education is provided from 6 to 16 years. In 13 years, the children go to secondary school (Secondary School).

Secondary education

There are also so-called “intermediate” school (Intermediate Schools), in which children enter at age 11 and after 13 years, which also go to high school, and in rural areas can study in “integrated” schools (Composite School), in which children go from 1 to 13 inclusive classes.

In 13 years, children enter the 9th grade of high school. In the 9th and 10th grades, all students study the core subjects: English, math, science, social studies, physical education, as well as additional elective courses offered by the school. With 11 class begins specialization, although English and mathematics are compulsory subjects.

In grade 12 the only compulsory subject is English, and also study a 5.4 optional subjects. For university to continue their education after the 13th grade, which studies five optional subjects, depending on the specialty, which is planned to study at university.

Since 2001, in New Zealand there was a reform of the education system, according to which repealed the old skills and introduce a single three-tiered National Certificate of Education (National Certificate of Educational Achievement – NCEA). The new school system is as follows:

  • 5-12 years – learning first to eighth grades in primary school;
  • 12-14 years – teaching in the ninth and tenth years of high school;
  • 15 – Training in the 11th grade, after examination qualifications NCEA Level 1 on the basic secondary education;
  • 16 – Training in the 12th grade, after examination qualification NCEA Level 2, which replaced a 2003 qualification Sixth Form Certificate, after which you can enter into vocational education to higher education with a degree Certificate, Diploma;
  • 17 – Training in the 13th grade, after examination qualification NCEA Level 3, replacing a 2004 qualification Bursary, which allows universities to enroll in the programs of academic education with the bachelor’s degree.

Our pupils and students should also be borne in mind that one of the requirements for admission to the universities along with the knowledge of the English language is the presence of twelve secondary education, for the graduates of Russian schools involves either training in the last year of school, or on the preparatory course (Foundation course) to universities for higher education.

Advantages of studying in New Zealand.

Study in New Zealand has a number of benefits to our students. First of all, New Zealand is famous as a country with a mild climate (year temperatures range from 8 ° C to 30 ° C), surprisingly beautiful nature, hospitable and friendly people.

A significant role is played by the low prices by Western standards. A year Bachelor’s degree costs 10-20 thousand New Zealand dollars (NZD), to master – 15-30 thousand, and a half  times cheaper than in the UK or the U.S. The cost of living in New Zealand are also lower than in European countries or in neighboring Australia.

Equally important is the fact that for several years in New Zealand is a special immigration program that makes it easier to obtain a residence permit for graduates of New Zealand universities. After studying for three years in the country, you can get permission to work in the country in their specialty for a period of two years.