Alternative pathways to university study

For those who do not have a formal University Entrance qualification, there are other options available that may provide you with the required entrance requirement.

The information below is for those wishing to study at The University of Auckland but who do not have a formal University Entrance qualification.

If you do have a formal University Entrance qualification, you must apply for entry based on your entrance qualification results.

Discretionary entrance

Discretionary entrance is for those students who want to apply for entrance to the University based on exceptional Year 12 results.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and an adviser's recommendation and the results of the Year 12 NCEA Level 2 (or higher) or Cambridge results.

Entrance is available for those that have gained exceptional results in Year 12 and have been selected for entry into the programme for which they have applied.

Read more information about Discretionary entrance.

Special Admission

If you are aged 20 or over on the first day of the semester in which you wish to study and you have no formal university entrance qualification, you may be eligible for Special Admission.

This may be ideal for those who left secondary school early.

The same original application process applies however Special Admission applicants will be required to submit an additional application as well as an application fee.

Those wishing to apply for Special Admission should contact the relevant faculties before applying.


Transferring from another tertiary institution

If you have studied, or are currently studying, at another tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas, you may be eligible for admission through Recognition of Previous Academic Study (ROPAS).

Our ROPAS officers will assess your application taking into consideration your academic results for the other tertiary institute. In some instances, you may also be eligible to receive academic credit for courses you have successfully passed.

For more information on ROPAS, please contact the Student Information Centre.

Student Information Centre
0800 61 62 63


Bridging and foundation programmes

For those that aren't offered a place at the University, there are alternative paths to help you study towards your desired programme.

The University of Auckland Tertiary Foundation Certificate (TFC)

A full-time, one year programme that covers subjects from both Arts and Science that will prepare students for University study. It is primarily targeted at those that have not met the entry requirements for University Entrance and are under 20 years of age.

Successful completion may qualify students for admission into undergraduate level programmes. Some faculties may require you to achieve specific passing grades.

For more information, please contact Gill Stringer

Gill Stringer
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext: 84145


Certificate in Academic Preparation (CTACP)

This is a full time, two semester programme specifically for Māori and Pacific Island students. If you have just finished Year 13 and want to study at University yet you have limited qualifications, then starting in Summer school this programme will prepare you academically for success in your chosen degree study and assist in the transition from secondary school to university life. Successful completion also gives those students that didn’t achieve University Entrance an opportunity to qualify and be eligible to start undergraduate study in a BA (Arts) or BSc (Science) degree in semester two.

For more information, please contact the Certificate Co-ordinator:

Ph: +64 9 373 7599 ext: 88265 or 87843


Hikitia Te Ora - Certificate in Health Sciences

A one year programme specifically for Māori or Pacific students wanting to study for health professions at the University. Successful completion allows you to apply for admission into the Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc), the Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs), the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and the Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biomedical Science (BSc).

For more information, please contact the office that administers the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS)

+64 9 373 7599 ext: 84488


Foundation Certificate Education

A full-time one year course which acts as a specialist foundation programme to help bridge students into academic study at the Faculty of Education.

Find out more information about the Foundation Certificate Education.


Foundation Certificate Tohu Tuapapa Matauranga

A one year programme for those who wish to develop their Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori skills while learning essential university-level study skills. It helps prepare students for selection into the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Huarahi Māori specialisation, the Bachelor of Education (Teaching), the Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education), the Bachelor of Human Services, the Bachelor of Physical Education and the Bachelor of Social Work.

Read more about the Foundation Certificate Tohu Tuapapa Matauranga.


New Start

New Start is a part-time programme that offers four main options; New Start, New Start for Business; Learning Workshops and Introduction to Postgraduate Study. It is a programme targeted at those over 20 years old who do not have a formal university entrance qualification or haven't studied for some time.

Successfully completing the New Start programme enables you to apply for a range of degree programmes at the University.

Read more about the New Start - University preparation courses.