To be awarded University Entrance students will need:
NCEA Level 3
Three subjects – at Level 3 or above, made up of:
14 credits each, in three approved subjects
Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
5 credits in reading
5 credits in writing
Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
Specified Achievement Standards available through a range of subjects or
It is vital that you check the most up-to-date requirements for each university either on their website or in their prospectus.
Most universities require a rank score which is calculated by identifying your best 80 credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of 5 approved subjects.
The rank score will be calculated by awarding the following points for up to 24 credits in each approved subject at Level 3:
Excellence 4 points Merit 3 points Achieved 2 points In addition to a rank score many degrees require a certain number of credits in specific subjects.
Auckland University: Different rank scores exist depending on the degree eg
Bachelor of Arts 150 points Bachelor of Engineering 260 points + 17 Calculus and 16 Physics credits Level 3 Bachelor of Nursing 230 points
You will require 17 English credits at Level 2 or Level 3. If you don’t have this you will need to do an English paper in your first year. Auckland also have Table A and Table B subject requirements for certain degrees. AUT University: University Entrance plus specified admission requirements for a programme. It might be subject specific, subject portfolios or auditions. Waikato University: University Entrance and any other specified requirements for the qualification or paper. Massey University: Required rank score is 140 points plus University Entrance and other specific requirements eg a portfolio for Bachelor of Design with Honours. Victoria University: Guaranteed entry is 150 rank points all degrees except the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Building Science (180 points). There are also degree specific requirements. Canterbury University:Preferential entry is gained by a rank score of 150, if you don’t meet the requirements for preferential entry you will be offered a place subject to priority and availability. Scholarship holders also gain preferential entry. Otago University: University Entrance. Two ways of entry: preferential or competitive. Preferential entry is if you fulfil at least one of the following criteria:
NCEA Level 2 endorsed with either Merit or Excellence
Have accepted an Otago Scholarship
Have accepted a place in a Hall of Residence
Have gained 140 points or Level 3 with Merit or Excellence
Competitive entry is ranked according to academic performance. You may be switched to the preferential pathway as further information becomes available. It is expected the majority of students will ultimately meet the criteria for preferential entry.
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