National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3


If you are applying for admission to the University of Auckland in 2014 based on NCEA examinations, you must gain the University Entrance Standard and be selected into a programme.

The University Entrance Standard for 2014

You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand universities in 2014 if you have obtained:
  • A minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from the approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects.

and

  • A minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the National Qualifications Framework.

and

  • A minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in Reading and 4 credits must be in Writing. These literacy credits are to be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.

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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2014 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 2014, 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

The Rank Score Calculator allows you to calculate an estimated rank score. It is currently unavailable as we work on improvements. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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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 0800 61 62 63.

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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2014 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 2014.

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)) 250 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)

  • Classical Performance, Jazz Performance or Popular Music majors
  • Composition and Musicology majors

150

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a CV, music certificates, referees’ report and in the case of Classical Performance, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors, an audition. Composition major will be required to submit for qualitative evaluation a portfolio of 2 or 3 compositions.

Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) 210 with a minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 16 credits from one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) 220 with a minimum of 18 credits in each of Biology and Chemistry.
Subject to a satisfactory interview. NB: Students with NCEA 220 and above with the required subjects will be invited for an interview.
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)4 Biomedical Science 280
Food Science and Nutrition 200
Sport and Exercise Science

180

Including 14 credits in Biological Sciences and/or Human Biology, at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent.

All other majors/specialisations 165
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)3

150

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

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) 220
Bachelor of Theology (BTheol)5 150
Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) (BUrbPlan(Hons))6

230

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a written statement.

2014 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 +64 9 923 5025 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 270 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 CV, music certificates, referees’ report and in the case of Classical Performance, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors, an audition. Composition major will be required to submit for qualitative evaluation a portfolio of 2 or 3 compositions.

Bachelor of Nursing conjoints 210 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
Bachelor of Theology 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 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. Māori and Pacific school leaver applicants who achieve the University Entrance (UE) Standard will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) through the Targeted Admission Scheme.

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

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. International students require a higher guaranteed entry score. For more information, see www.auckland.ac.nz/international-entry.

4. Māori and Pacific school leaver applicants who achieve the UE Standard will be admitted to the Bachelor of Science (BSc) through the Targeted Admission Scheme. Higher admission standards are required for the majors in Biomedical Science, Sport and Exercise Science, and Food Science and Nutrition.

5. Māori and Pacific school leaver applicants who achieve the UE Standard will be admitted to the Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) through the Targeted Admission Scheme.

6. The Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) is due to be introduced in 2014, subject to CUAP approval, to replace the Bachelor of Planning degree. For further information please contact the School of Architecture and Planning.

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

2015 University Entrance Standard, rank scores, subject, credit and other requirements

The rank score for guaranteed entry in 2015, subject/credit requirements and other requirements for school leavers who have achieved the University Entrance Standard, is available in the 2015 Undergraduate Prospectus (pages 56-61).

Details on the new University Entrance Standard for admission in 2015 can be found on page 57.  

Academic English Language Requirements for 2016

From 2016, the University will introduce an academic English language requirement for entry into all its undergraduate programmes.

For more information, please see Academic English Languare Requirement.

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