University Entrance Requirements from 2014

University Entrance (UE) will be the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university. To be awarded UE you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3 plus
  • Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects plus
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, 5 credits in reading AND 5 credits in writing from specific standards plus
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy unit standards

Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement. This does not guarantee entry to the degree or subjects of your choice - in many cases, a higher level of achievement will be required. Many degrees at polytechnics, institutes of technology and private training enterprises also require this entry standard.

Approved subjects for university

AccountingAgriculture and Horticulture     Biology
Business StudiesCalculusChemistry
ChineseClassical StudiesConstruction and Mechanical
TechnologiesCook Islands Maori DanceDesign (Practical Art)
Design and Visual Communication     Digital TechnologiesDrama
Earth and Space ScienceEconomicsEducation for Sustainability
GermanHealth EducationHistory
History of ArtHome EconomicsIndonesian
MathematicsMedia StudiesMusic Studies
Making MusicPainting (Practical Art)Photography (Practical Art)
Physical EducationPhysicsPrintmaking (Practical Art)
Processing TechnologiesReligious StudiesSamoan
ScienceSculpture (Practical Art)Spanish
Social StudiesStatisticsTechnology
Te Reo MaoriTe Reo Rangatira

New Zealand Scholarship

Scholarship provides recognition and monetary reward to top students in their last year of schooling. Scholarship exams enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards, and are demanding for the most able candidates in each subject.

Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. See for more information.