National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3


If you are applying for admission to the University of Auckland in 2016 based on NCEA achievement, you must gain the University Entrance Standard and be selected into a programme.

The University Entrance Standard for 2016

You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand universities in 2016 if you have obtained:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects - at Level 3, 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:
    • Achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
    • Unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

*For the lists of Level 1, Level 2 and 3 standards that contribute to University Entrance requirements, please visit the NZQA website.

To be admitted to the University of Auckland you must gain the University Entrance Standard and be selected into a programme.

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2016 admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements for your programme(s) of study.

In addition to achieving university entrance, some of our undergraduate programmes require you to have taken specific subjects and gained minimum credits in certain subjects. Some programmes have other requirements such as a portfolio, audition and/or interview.

The table below shows the rank scores required for guaranteed entry in 2016, specific subject and credit requirements and any other requirements you need for admission and selection into the University of Auckland’s undergraduate programmes.

For programmes that refer to Table A and/or Table B, use the table below.

Table A Table B
Classical Studies
English
Geography
History
History of Art
Te Reo Māori OR
Te Reo Rangatira
Accounting
Biology
Calculus
Chemistry
Economics
Mathematics*
Physics
Statistics
 
*Cannot be used in combination with Calculus and/or Statistics.

For more information about requirements for specific programmes (eg, portfolio of creative work), refer to the relevant faculty’s undergraduate prospectus or website.

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How your rank score is calculated

You will be allocated a rank score based on your best 80 credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of five approved subjects, weighted by the level of achievement attained in each set of credits.

If you achieve fewer than 80 credits, the rank score will be based on those credits you have gained at Level 3 over a maximum of five approved subjects and weighted by the level of achievement. The approved subjects are determined by the NZQA and a list is available on the NZQA website.

  • The rank score will be calculated by awarding the following points for up to 24 credits in each approved subject taken at Level 3. The maximum rank score is 320.
Excellence 4 points
Merit 3 points
Achieved 2 points

  • Credits obtained in any required subjects do not have to be among the best 80 credits used for ranking purposes.
  • NCEA Level 3 credits achieved in previous years may be counted towards the 80 best credits used for ranking purposes.
  • Level 3 subject requirements for a specific programme may be met in Year 12.
  • You are strongly encouraged to take achievement standards as preparation for University study.
Example of how a rank score for NCEA Level 3 is calculated
Subject Standard type Results Calculate Rank score
English Achievement and Unit 6 Excellence
6 Merit
16* Achieved
6x4 points
6x3 points
12*x2 points
66
History Achievement 8 Excellence
10 Achieved
8x4 points
10x2 points
52
Physics Achievement 24 Merit 24x3 points 72
Calculus Achievement 4 Excellence
3 Merit
8** Achieved
4x4 points
3x3 points
 
25
Statistics Achievement 7 Merit
10** Achieved
7x3 points 21
Economics Achievement 6*** Achieved Not counted*** Nil
Rank score 236
*Maximum 24 credits per subject. Any points above this limit are excluded. 
**Not included as only best 80 credits used in calculation of rank score. 
***Only five subjects are included in the calculation.

Calculate an estimated rank score online

See an indication of your rank score with our Rank Score Calculator.

If you need help with the Rank Score Calculator, visit AskAuckland.

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NCEA catch-up credits

If you are completing catch-up credits to support your Application for Admission to the University of Auckland (ie, to gain University Entrance, meet the rank score or other programme-specific requirements), your application will be reconsidered on the basis of academic merit and only if places are still available.

It is important to note that in the case of catch-up credits, selection into programme will not be guaranteed (ie, the guaranteed entry scores will no longer apply), and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Catch-up credits are defined as credits which are completed, assessed and registered with the NZQA after the official NCEA results are released by the NZQA in January.

If you are completing or have completed catch-up credits to support your application, it is important that you make contact with the University so we are aware of this.

Please email admission@auckland.ac.nz or call 923 5025 (within Auckland), 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland).

If your application is unsuccessful for the first semester, we would encourage you to make a new application for a future semester. Please note that rank scores and other programme-specific requirements may change year-on-year, so please ensure you continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

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2016 rank scores, subject, credit and other requirements

These are the undergraduate programme admission requirements for school leavers who have achieved University Entrance.

This table indicates the rank score, subject/credit requirements and other requirements that will guarantee you admission to your programme in 2016.

If you achieve the University Entrance Standard but do not achieve a rank score that will guarantee selection into the programme you wish to study, your application will be given individual consideration if places are available. Applicants for the Architectural Studies, Fine Arts, and Urban Planning programmes may require an interview. For more information, please see Alternative options if you do not meet entry requirements.

Programme Rank score, subject and credit requirements
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)

230

A minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table B.

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of creative work and written statement.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)1 150
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)2 180 with a minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt)

150

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a CV, written statement and an audition/interview.

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (BEd(Tchg))3 150
Subject to a satisfactory interview, police check, and referees’ reports.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons))4 260 with 17 external Level 3 credits in Calculus and 16 external Level 3 credits in Physics
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

150

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of 12 colour reproductions and written statement.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) 250 with a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table B.
Bachelor of Human Services (BHumServ)3

150

Subject to a satisfactory interview, police check, and referees’ reports.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Part I)) Students must be offered a place in another bachelors degree. Entry will be based on the guaranteed scores for the other bachelors degree.

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

150

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a statement of musical background, referee’s report and:

  • Classical Performance – an audition5 and musical qualification certificates
  • Jazz Performance and Popular Music - an audition5
  • Composition major - a portfolio of 2-3 composition works and musical qualification certificates
  • Musicology – musical qualification
Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) 230 with a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits from one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE)3

150

Subject to a satisfactory interview, police check, and referees’ reports.

Bachelor of Property (BProp)2 180 with a minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)6 Biomedical Science 280
Food Science and Nutrition 200
Sport and Exercise Science 200
All other majors/specialisations 165
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)3

150

Subject to a satisfactory interview, police check, and referees’ reports.

Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) (BUrbPlan(Hons))

230

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a written statement.

2016 conjoint programmes

Applicants must achieve the greater of the two rank scores for their selected programmes and must meet the entry requirements for both programmes.

Not all degree programmes have conjoint options. For a list of conjoint options available, see Conjoint programmes.

For more information, call us on 923 5025 (within Auckland), 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland), or email admission@auckland.ac.nz.

Programme Rank score, subject and credit requirements
Bachelor of Arts conjoints 210
Bachelor of Commerce conjoints 210 with a minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) conjoints 275 with 17 external Level 3 credits in Calculus and 16 external Level 3 credits in Physics.
Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoints

210

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of 12 colour reproductions and written statement.

Bachelor of Health Sciences conjoints 250 with a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table B.
Bachelor of Laws (Part I) conjoints Satisfy the conjoint score for the other degree.
Bachelor of Music conjoints

Satisfy the conjoint score for the other degree.

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a statement of musical background, referee’s report and:

  • Classical Performance – an audition5 and musical qualification certificates
  • Jazz Performance and Popular Music - an audition5
  • Composition major - a portfolio of 2-3 composition works and musical qualification certificates
  • Musicology - musical qualification certificates
Bachelor of Nursing conjoints 230 with a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits from one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Bachelor of Property conjoints 210 with a minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Science conjoints 210

Applicants for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) must first complete Year 1 of either the BHSc or the BSc in Biomedical Science, or have completed another degree approved by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) must first complete an appropriate first year programme including the prescribed BPharm Part I courses (or equivalent) or have completed another degree approved by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) must first complete the set courses from the common year of the BSc in Biomedical Science (or equivalent) or have completed another degree approved by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

1. Mäori applicants and applicants from Equity target groups (including Pacific applicants, those from refugee backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds and applicants with declared disabilities) applying based on NCEA who achieve the University Entrance (UE) Standard and a rank score of 120-149 will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) through the Targeted Admission Scheme. Other applicants with UE and rank scores from 130-149 will be considered for conditional admission to the BA. Equity applicants with rank scores of 119 or less and all other applicants with rank scores of 129 or below will be referred to an appropriate foundation programme.

2. For more information on the Targeted Admission Scheme for Business School programmes see www.business.auckland.ac.nz/tas.

3. Māori and Pacific school leaver applicants who achieve the UE Standard and meet other requirements will be admitted to the programmes in the Faculty of Education through the Targeted Admission Scheme.

4. The Faculty of Engineering will give consideration to students who missed out on admission to BE(Hons) who are able to demonstrate sufficient ability in engineering-related and approved study, in the Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme for admission in Semester 2. Please see BE(Hons) alternative pathway for more information.

5. An audition can include evaluations of one or more recorded and/or live performance elements.

6. Māori and Pacific students with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 140 and a minimum of 14 credits in at least two subjects from Table A or B will be admitted to the BSc with the exception of majors in Biomedical Science, Food Science and Nutrition or Sport and Exercise Science. Students with disabilities with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 140 will be ranked on the basis of GPE. Māori and Pacific students with an NCEA rank score less than 140 will be conditionally admitted to the BSc dependent on successful completion of the Certificate in Academic Preparation (passing all courses).

International applicants should also refer to the relevant pages of the International students website for information relating specifically to international applicants.

The University of Auckland has taken all steps to ensure that the information on this page is correct but notes that changes may occur.