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New Zealand ACE Certificate Guidelines 2016-10-21T21:38:21+00:00

NEW ZEALAND ACE CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

As of January 2015

NZ ACE CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Certificate Requirements:

The NZ ACE Certificate of Achievement is designed to cater for those students who do not meet the strict criteria of the NZ ACE Level 1, 2 and 3 Certificates.

A NZ ACE Certificate of Achievement may have any number of credits however:

  • All credits must be at secondary level, ie PACE 1085 and above.
  • Certificates with more than 5 credits must include 1 credit in ACE Christian Studies.
  • A minimum ACE content of 75% of the credits gained is required.

NZ ACE CERTIFICATE – LEVEL 1 (YR 11)

Certificate Requirements:

Credits Subjects Courses
2 Mathematics Any two courses above 1084, including approved non-ACE courses
2 English English I, 1085 – 1096English II, 1097 to 1108
2 Social Studies Any two courses above 1084, including approved non-ACE courses
2 Science Any two courses above 1084, including approved non-ACE courses
2 Wordbuilding Wordbuilding, 1085-1096Etymology, 1097 -1108
2 Christian Studies Any two ACE courses above 1084
1 Literature Literature 8 & 9, or;any other approved alternative literature course
1 Typing/Keyboard Skills 30 wpm with 100% accuracy
3 Electives Any course above 1084, including approved non-ACE courses
17 TOTAL CREDITS Notes:

  1. A minimum of four of these credits must be at Level 1 or above
    [i.e. PACE 1097 and above].
  2. Students intending to progress to Levels 2 and 3 are advised to complete Algebra I, which is a compulsory Maths credit for all Level 2 and 3 Certificates.
  3. All ACE Certificates must have as a minimum, 75% ACE content.

 

NZ ACE CERTIFICATE – LEVEL 2 (YR 12)

Entry Criteria:

Students must complete NZ ACE Certificate Level 1

Certificate Requirements:

Credits Subjects Courses
1 English                        Any ACE course at Level 2 [marked+] or higher
1 Christian Studies Any ACE course above 1084
4 Electives Any course above 1084, including approved non-ACE courses
6 TOTAL CREDITS Notes:

  1. To gain a Level 2 Certificate, students must also have completed Algebra I [1097-1108], either as a Maths credit at Level 1, or as an elective credit at Level 2, and English II [1097-1108].
  2. A minimum of three credits must be at Level 2 [marked +] or higher.
  3. All ACE Certificates must have as a minimum, 75% ACE content.

 

NZ ACE CERTIFICATE – LEVEL 3 (YR 13)

Entry Criteria:

Students must complete NZ ACE Certificate Level 2

Certificate Requirements:

Credits Subjects Courses
1 English                        Any ACE course at Level 3 [marked *] or higher
1 Christian Studies Any ACE course above 1084
4 Electives Any course above 1084, including approved non-ACE courses
6 TOTAL CREDITS Notes:

  1. To gain a Level 3 Certificate, students must also have completed Algebra I [1097-1108] as required for Levels 1 & 2, and English II [1097-1108].
  2. A minimum of four credits must be at Level 3 [marked*] or higher.
  3. To achieve Level 3 with Honours, there must be five credits at Level 3 or higher, all averaging 93% or higher.
  4. All ACE Certificates must have as a minimum, 75% ACE content.

 

LATE STARTERS TO ACE – LEVEL 2 (YR 12)

Students entering the ACE Program at Level 2 and seeking a NZ ACE Certificate at Level 2 must have completed one of the following requirements:

  • NZ ACE Level 1; or
  • NCEA Level 1: 100 credits [or 80 credits plus 1 ACE credit above 1096]; or
  • Cambridge: 5 passes [c+ or better) at O level [or 4 passes plus 1 ACE credit above 1096]; or
  • Other recognized academic qualification at the discretion of the Academic Council; or
  • If a student is 15 years old [or older] and does not meet the criteria set out above then they must undertake diagnostic testing to ascertain level of mastery. Students who do not meet the standard, i.e. competency at level 8 [PACE 1096], in all areas will first be prescribed appropriate course[s] of study to bring them to this level.
  • Proof that entry requirements for any Late Starter course have been met needs to be submitted to the Academic Council before a student is accepted as a Late Starter.

To gain a Level 2 Certificate a late starter student must complete a minimum of 12 credits [in addition to any previously completed credits] as described below:

Certificate Requirements for Late Starters to NZ ACE Level 2:

Credits Subjects Courses
1 Mathematics Algebra I, 1097-1108
2 English English II, 1097 -1108, plus1 further ACE English credit at Level 2 [marked +] or higher
2 Christian Studies Any two ACE courses above 1084
1 Typing/Keyboard Skills 30 wpm with 100% accuracy
6 Electives Any course above 1096, including approved non-ACE courses of an equivalent standard.
12 TOTAL CREDITS Notes:

  1. A minimum of 3 credits must be at recognized Level 2 [marked +) or higher
  2. All ACE Certificates must have a minimum ACE content of 75% of the minimum credits required

 

LATE STARTERS TO ACE – LEVEL 3 (YR 13)

Entry Criteria:

Students entering the ACE Program at Level 3 and seeking a NZ ACE Certificate at Level 3 must have completed one of the following requirements:

  • NZ ACE Level 1; or
  • NCEA Level 1: 100 credits [or 80 credits plus 1 ACE credit above 1096]; or
  • Cambridge: 5 passes [c+ or better) at O level [or 4 passes plus 1 ACE credit above 1096]; or
  • Other recognized academic qualification at the discretion of the Academic Council; or
  • If a student is 16 years old [or older] and does not meet the criteria set out above then they must undertake diagnostic testing to ascertain level of mastery. Students who do not meet the standard, i.e. competency at level 8 [PACE 1096], in all areas will first be prescribed appropriate course[s] of study to bring them to this level.
  • Proof that entry requirements for any Late Starter course have been met needs to be submitted to the Academic Council before a student is accepted as a Late Starter.

To gain a Level 3 Certificate a late starter student must complete a minimum of 12 credits [in addition to any previously completed credits] as described below:

Certificate Requirements for Late Starters to NZ ACE Level 3:

Credits Subjects Courses
1 Mathematics Algebra I, 1097-1108
3 English English II, 1097 -11081 further ACE English credit at Level 2 [marked +] or higher1 further ACE English credit at Level 3 [marked *]
2 Christian Studies Any two ACE courses above 1084
1 Typing/Keyboard Skills 30 wpm with 100% accuracy
5 Electives Any course above 1096, including approved non-ACE courses of an equivalent standard.
12 TOTAL CREDITS Notes:

  1. A minimum of 3 credits must be at recognized Level 2 [marked +] or higher.
  2. A minimum of 4 credits must be at recognized level 3 [marked *].
  3. To achieve Level 3 with Honours, there must be 5 credits at Level 3, all averaging 93% or higher.
  4. Late Starters with a Level 2 Certificate wishing to upgrade to Level 3 will need to complete whatever additional credits are necessary to meet the Late Starters requirements for Level 3.
  5. All ACE Certificates must have a minimum ACE content of 75% of the minimum credits required.

Notes:

  • Cambridge O and NCEA Level 1 are deemed to be Level 1 ACE
  • Cambridge AS and NCEA Level 2 are deemed to be Level 2 ACE
  • Cambridge A and NCEA Level 3 are deemed to be Level 3 ACE
  • NCEA Achievement Standards and NZQA Unit Standards will be considered for cross-crediting at a ratio of 20 credits to 1 ACE credit, or 10 credits to 0.5 ACE credits