Level 1 literacy and numeracy

Literacy and numeracy credits are an important part of the NCEA qualification. Students cannot achieve NCEA level 1, 2 or 3 unless they gain 10 level 1 literacy credits and 10 level 1 numeracy credits.

Literacy is defined as "the written and oral language people use in their everyday life and work. It includes reading, writing, speaking and listening. Skills in these areas are essential for good communication, active participation, critical thinking and problem solving".

Numeracy is defined as "the bridge between mathematics and daily life". It includes the knowledge and skills needed to apply to everyday family and financial matters, work and community tasks".

Literacy and numeracy credits can be gained in a variety of different subject areas. You can find out which standards count for literacy and numeracy in the credit information table included for each subject.