General Education Information


Students are required to include General Education in their programme and must pass courses as specified in the General Education Regulations and Schedules for their programme. This page summarises the information required to make an informed decision.

Academic Integrity

General Education includes completion of the Academic Integrity course. for further information go to the following website Academic Integrity.

Schedules

You must also pass the required number of General Education courses in the Schedules.

You can choose your General Education course(s) from:

  •  either the Open Schedule or the Faculty Schedule(s) approved for your degree,
  •  or one course from the Open Schedule and one course from the Faculty Schedule(s) approved for your degree.

G suffix

General Education courses are identified by a “G” suffix to their course code (eg, HISTORY 103G).

Some General Education courses are also available as part of regular degree requirements e.g. GEOG 104 as compared with GEOG 104G. The content and assessment for both courses are the same.

A student must enrol in the General Education offering of a course with the ‘G’ suffix in order to meet the General Education requirements of their programme.

Same subject restriction (1)

You cannot take General Education courses in a subject which you have already passed, are currently enrolled or are intending to enrol. For example, if you have enrolled in POLITICS 106 you cannot also enrol in POLITICS 107G

Likewise, if you intend to major or minor in a subject, then you should not enrol in a General Education course in that subject or a related subject required for that major or minor. For example, if you intend to major in Psychology then you should not enrol in PSYCH 109G, STATS 101G or STATS 150G as students are required to complete a Stage I statistics course to major in psychology.

Please note: The above restrictions do not apply to LAW 121G and LAW 131, provided no other LAW courses are taken. If more LAW courses are taken, LAW 121G no longer counts for General Education.

Same subject restriction (2)

If you are required to take two General Education courses, then these two courses have to be in different subjects. You cannot take two General Education courses in the same subject. For example, you cannot take both PHYSICS 107G and PHYSICS 108G.

Language courses

Language courses do not satisfy the General Education requirement for a student who has prior knowledge of the language (for example, as a native speaker, through formal or informal study, or through living with others who speak the language).

Enrolment requires submission of a language ability declaration and a student with prior knowledge of the language may be declined enrolment or the enrolment may be deleted at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Exceptions

•    ANTHRO 106G does not meet the General Education requirements for the BMUS or BMUS conjoints.

•    DISABILITY 113G does not meet the General Education requirement for the Bachelor of Human Services
      or the Bachelor of Social Work.

•    LAW 121G does not meet the General Education requirements for the LLB, LLB(Hons), LLB and LLB(Hons) conjoints.

Exemptions

Student Exchange Programme

If you undertake an exchange programme of one full-time semester, equivalent to 50 points or more, you are eligible for a 15 point exemption from General Education.

Note: This exemption allows you to substitute a non-General Education course for 15 points of your General Education requirement.

Already completed an undergraduate degree

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree equivalent to an NZQA Level 7 Bachelor Degree are exempt from the General Education requirement for their second degree

Been granted credit from study at another institution

Students who have been granted 120 points credit from study at another institution are exempt from 15 points General Education
Students who have been granted 240 points credit from study at another institution are exempt from the General Education requirement for their degree.