Discretionary Entrance applicants

If you are under 20, a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident, and do not hold a University Entrance qualification, you can apply for admission by Discretionary Entrance.

You must have gained National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or higher, and exceptional results in Year 12. You will be assessed on your academic background and a recommendation from your school principal. If you have been away from school for one term or longer you will be interviewed by a course adviser from the University’s Schools Partnership Office. You must display a high level of motivation and maturity.

Australian applicants’ most recent year of schooling must have been in New Zealand. Discretionary Entrance is not available to international students.

If you have undertaken Year 13 study beyond June 1 in any year, you cannot apply in that year, but may be considered for mid-year admission the following year.  

Entry requirements

You must meet the University Entrance Standards for literacy and numeracy, 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 Level 1, 2 and 3 standards that contribute to University Entrance requirements, visit the NZQA website.

You must sit a minimum of 4 subjects based on the NZQA list of subjects approved for University Entrance, (there are some minor differences in subject names between the list and those offered in Level 2 NCEA). The list is available from the careers adviser at your school, or from NZQA

You must also meet the subject requirements of your chosen programme, as listed in the Discretionary Entrance: Subject, credit and other requirements table below. You must attain Merit and Excellence grades for the majority of credits across all your level two subjects. For entrance to some programmes, you need to have completed subjects listed in Tables A and B below. Programmes that have no Table A or Table B requirements (eg, Bachelor of Arts) allow you to choose any subjects from the NZQA list approved for University Entrance.

Table A subjects are: Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art, and either Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira

Table B subjects are: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics.  

Discretionary Entrance: Subject, credit and other requirements 2020

Programme Credits Subject and credit requirements
(Tables A and B are included above)
Other requirements
Bachelor of Arts (BA) 80 Nil. Nil.
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) 80 Minimum 16 credits in each of three subjects (must include Mathematics) Nil.
Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt) 80 Nil. Students will be selected on the basis of their CV, written statement and an interview/audition.
Bachelor of Design 80 A minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table B Nil
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (BEd(Tchg)) 80 Nil. Interview, police check, safety checks and referees' reports. (You may also be required to sit literacy, numeracy and IELTS assessments.)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 80 Nil. Portfolio of creative works and written statement.  
Bachelor of Global Studies (BGlobalSt)
80 Minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B and/or the following languages: Chinese, Cook Island Maori, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Spanish, Tongan. Nil.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Part I)) 80 Nil. Students will be selected into Part II on the basis of their results in Part I.
Bachelor of Music (BMus) 80 Minimum 16 NCEA credits in Music.

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of:

  • Classical Performance – an audition portfolio1 
  • Jazz Performance – an audition portfolio1
  • Popular Music – an audition portfolio1
  • Composition – a composition portfolio
  • Musicology – a statement of musical background
Bachelor of Property (BProp) 80 Minimum 16 credits in each of three subjects (must include Mathematics) Nil.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) 80


Some courses in Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Exercise Sciences, Food Science and Nutrition and the Biomedical Science programme may require a higher standard for selection.  

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 80 Nil. Police check, safety checks and referees' reports. (Literacy assessments and an interview may be required.)  
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education (BSportHPE) 80 Nil. Nil.

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons)), Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc), Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs), and Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) (BUrbPlan(Hons)) programmes do not accept Discretionary Entrance applicants.

1. An audition portfolio can include evaluations of one or more recorded and/or live performance elements www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/apply-music.


Phone: +64 923 5025 (within Auckland)
Phone:  0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
Phone: +64 9 373 7513 (from overseas)
Email: admission@auckland.ac.nz