NCEA Catch-up credits

NCEA catch-up credits are credits which are completed, assessed and registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) after the official NCEA results are released by the NZQA in January.

Completing NCEA catch-up credits is an option you may want to consider to help you meet the entry requirements for 

  • University Entrance (UE) 
  • Programme-specific requirements such as rank score or subjects and credits requirements

Where can I complete catch-up credits?

You can approach your school to see if they offer this option of doing catch-up credits. Alternatively, you may be able to do further catch-up Level 3 credits via correspondence.

You can contact Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu. For more information on what courses are offered and starting dates at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, please visit the Te Kura Summer School page.

When I complete my catch-up credits, how can I update my results?

You can submit your completed catch-up credits using the NCEA Catch-up Credit form.

Before we can update your application with your results, you will need to ensure that any outstanding fees with NZQA have been paid and that your catch-up credits have been registered with the NZQA.

You can check that your catch-up credits have been registered through your Record of Achievement (ROA) on the NZQA website.

To view your registered credits, please visit New Zealand Record of Achievement.

If your catch-up credits have not been registered with the NZQA, you will need to reach out to your provider’s Principal’s Nominee. Principal’s Nominees will submit to the NZQA a confirmation of all credits achieved to date and flag you as ‘Leaver’ in their data file submission.

For more information, please visit Principal's Nominee.

When submitting your catch-up credits, you will be asked to provide the

  • Subject
  • Standard title
  • Standard Number
  • Number of credits received

How would catch-up credits affect my application?

If you meet UE or any programme-specific requirements after your application is updated with catch-up credits, your application will only be reconsidered based on academic merit and if places are still available.

It is important to note that in the case of catch-up credits, selection into programmes will not be guaranteed. This means that the guaranteed rank scores will no longer apply, and the applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.