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NCEA Level 3 Project 3X
Level 3
Number of Credits: up to 18

Entry Recommendations: Level 3 Project X builds on work from Level 1 and 2 Project X courses, however, this does not exclude students who have not previously studied Project X. Students are encouraged to take this course if they are keen to learn in a work-like environment. Project 3X enables students to develop employability skills. Students are empowered to take ownership of their learning with guidance from the teacher-facilitator. Student success is related to how best they utilise the resources that are available to them and to overcome barriers that they encounter through the process of completing their group project. 

Project 3X provides students with an opportunity to be independent learners who are encouraged to take learning risks. Students learn by applying essential skills throughout the process of achieving their group outcome. 

This course continues to help students develop essential skills such as being:

  • Effective self-managers and communicators
  • Flexible critical thinkers and problem solvers
  • Collaborators
  • Responsible citizens

Course Outline: This is a Project Based Learning course in which students will embark upon a group project. Students work collaboratively to co-construct an authentic learning pathway based on their collective interests and passions. Students draw on multiple curriculum areas  to complete an approved group project. The focus is to apply teamwork skills to develop a common outcome.

Students will develop:

  • A project that – is a product, a service or an event
  • A project that – excites and interests them 
  • A project that – is community minded 
  • A presentation to the community at the end of the course 

Course Costs: Up to $100 for local field work trips and guest speakers.

Project 3X embodies the foundation principles of the New Zealand Curriculum.

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” Simon Sinek.


Although students will be working collaboratively, they will be given an opportunity to be assessed against NCEA Level 3 standards. Specific standards will be negotiated with individual students to form their academic assessment.

All standards in this course are internally assessed. Standards offered in other NCEA courses for a particular student will not be assessed against in Project 3X.

Below are a selection of standards that students may choose to be assessed against:

Evaluate a personal action that contributes towards a sustainable future
6 Credits
Develop a strategy for an organisation that will contribute to a sustainable future
5 Credits
Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand
5 Credits
Analyse a contemporary ethical issue in relation to well-being
4 Credits
Produce a design for a media product that meets the requirements of a brief
4 Credits
Examine contemporary leadership principles applied in physical activity contexts
4 Credits
Develop a prototype considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense
6 Credits
junior and middle school girls