Academic pathways

St Cuthbert’s offers both NCEA and the International Baccalaureate qualifications, so each girl has the opportunity to choose the pathway which suits her – and her future aspirations – best.

All girls complete Level 1 NCEA and then choose either to continue on the NCEA pathway at Level 2 or begin the two year IB Diploma Programme. Both courses give girls the opportunity to gain university entrance in New Zealand and are recognised overseas.

Either pathway will encourage girls to become active, compassionate and life-long learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main qualification for all high school students in New Zealand. Students work throughout the year to attain credits towards Level 1 in Year 11, Level 2 in Year 12 and Level 3 in Year 13. NCEA is designed to recognise a broad range of achievement, and record that achievement in a way that is more informative to learners, parents and employers. It provides a comprehensive record of what students achieve while they are at school and is a launching pad for ongoing learning.

Find out more about NCEA at St Cuthbert’s    Download NCEA PDF

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate is offered at high schools around the world and the IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous two year course for students in Year 12 and 13. The programme emphasises the importance of high academic standards, the international value of knowledge, critical thinking, active citizenship and cultural understanding.

Find out more about IB at St Cuthbert’s Download IB PDF

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