2021 University entrance for school leavers

Providing a University pathway to support your future success.

We have your future in mind

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on New Zealand secondary school students, especially those making plans to start University. To support the future success of senior school students, we'll be changing the entry requirements to our programmes for 2021.

We are also removing Table A and B requirements and making early Offers for all students.

What do I need to know?

Apply early and you'll receive an Offer.

This Offer letter will explain what you need to achieve this year to secure your entry to the University and your programme of choice in 2021. 

2021 entry requirements

We will broaden our entry pathways and place a stronger emphasis on your Year 12 results. If your Year 12 results aren’t strong – don’t worry, apply anyway. We’ll let you know what you need to secure entry to your preferred programme, plus you may receive an Offer to an alternate programme. Your application for your preferred programme will be re-assessed once Year 13 results are available.

The full entry requirements are summarised below:

  For entry in 2021
Early Programme Offers (Fast Track Offers)

Strong Year 12 results (across completed NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 subjects, or equivalent Cambridge International or IB results) + UE, once achieved.

Achievement of specific subject requirements for Engineering and Nursing programmes.

Early Conditional Offers

Year 12 results + UE, once achieved + specific Year 13 requirements (across completed NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 subjects, or equivalent Cambridge International or IB results) where required.

Other requirements may apply which will be specified in the Offer letter.

Table A & B requirements

Removed (suspended for NCEA and Cambridge
International) for the 2021 academic year, except for Engineering and Nursing programmes where specific subject requirements still apply.

This removal also applies to Gap Year students.

A more permanent decision on A and B tables is under consideration.

Discretionary entrance If UE is not achieved, in certain circumstances, Year 13 students can be considered under Discretionary Entrance for Semester One 2021. 
Additional support

Support for catch-up credits on campus over Summer for those who have not achieved UE.

Additional preparation available through enhanced science and mathematics support drawing on the University’s STEM Online NZ programme, Unibound and Tertiary Foundation Certificate.

There are a number of options being planned to help students with their preparation for Semester 1 2021, including Summer School catch-up credits. We are still working through these and will be able to advise shortly.

I have questions. Where can I get more information?

We are ready to help. Our Academic Advisers can discuss your options and help you plan ahead. You can book an appointment with an Academic Adviser directly. Or you can contact our helpful Student Contact Centre by phone 0800 61 62 63 or email

We also have an FAQ to answer common questions.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2021.