Education System in New Zealand
The NZ education system is broadly divided into Primary School, Secondary School and Tertiary Education.
Primary Education/Intermediate School
Primary school is where education begins. Children can attend a contributing primary school or a full primary school.
Contributing Primary schools range from Year 1 to Year 6.
Full Primary Schools range from Year 1 to Year 8.
If your kid is enrolled at a contributing primary school, you must enrol them in an intermediate school to complete Years 7 and 8.
Before we move on to Secondary and Tertiary Education - you need to know about -
The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
NZQF is the cornerstone of the country's internationally recognised education system and encompasses both secondary and university education. It is administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the country's only reliable source of the correct information on all forms of quality-assured qualifications for both domestic and international students.
NZQ-Framework is divided into 10 levels and encompasses various qualifications from certificates to PhD degrees. The levels are determined by the degree of difficulty of the learning.
Level 1 to 6 - encompasses school as well as category certifications
Level 7 - Bachelor’s Degree/Graduate Diploma
Level 8 - Postgraduate Diploma/ Bachelors Honours Degree
Level 9 - Master’s Degree
Level 10 - Doctoral Degree/PhD