Today secondary schools can offer a wide range of qualifications.

Since 2002 the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) has been New Zealand's main national qualification for secondary school students.

The staff at HBHS are recognised as very professional and deliver traditional and sound teaching (ERO Report, 2014, ERO Report, 2019). As a result student achievement continues to be consistently above the national averages across almost all subject areas.

In addition to the NCEA qualification, HBHS offers its more able academic students the opportunity to extend themselves by gaining qualifications through the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

  • Level 1 NCEA (studied at Year 11)
  • IGCSE (studied at Year 11)
  • Level 2 NCEA (studied at Year 12)
  • AS Level exams (studied at Year 12)
  • Level 3 NCEA (studied at Year 13)
  • New Zealand Scholarship Award (studied at Year 13)
  • University Entrance (for New Zealand Universities)

Click on the link below to read the answers to frequently asked questions about qualifications.
Qualifications FAQ

The NZQA website has further information about NCEA qualifications.

See the ACSNZ web site for further information about Cambridge CIE qualifications.


For enquiries about NZQA and NCEA qualifications matters please contact:

Mr Phillipe Basel NZQA Liaison Cambridge International Examinations Co-ordinator Tel: (07) 853 0440 ext 2061 Email: pbasel@hbhs.school.nz