National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

For entry based on NCEA you must first meet the University Entrance (UE) standard — UE is the minimum standard needed to enrol at a New Zealand university.

You must also meet the entry requirements for the programme you wish to study. This will be expressed as a ‘rank score’, which we calculate based on your Year 13 results. Some programmes may also require you to have taken specific subjects and gained minimum credits in those.

University Entrance Standard for admission in 2020

You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand Universities in 2020 if you have obtained:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Approved subjects: 14 credits in each of three approved subjects at Level 3.
  • Literacy requirement: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.
  • Numeracy requirement: 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of achievement standards in a range of subjects; or all three numeracy unit standards 26623, 26626 and 26627.

For more information on University Entrance, see the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)  

Programme entry requirements for 2020

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. See the guaranteed entry requirements for your intended programme(s)

For programmes that refer to Table A and/or Table B, use the
table below.

Table A and B subject requirements

Table A subjects Table B subjects
Classical Studies Accounting
English Biology
Geography Calculus
History Chemistry
History of Art Digital Technologies (There are only 21 Level 3 achievement standards that will count taken from this domain, numbered 91632 – 91642, 91900 - 91909)
Te Reo Māori
OR  
Economics
Te Reo Rangatira Mathematics (Mathematics cannot be used in combination with Calculus and/or Statistics.)
  Physics
  Statistics

How your NCEA rank score is calculated

Your rank score is based on your best 80 credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of five approved subjects. These credits are then weighted by awarding points based on the level of achievement — Excellence (4 points), Merit (3 points) or Achieved (2 points) — attained in each set of credits.

A maximum of 24 credits are counted for each approved subject. The maximum rank score is 320. Approved subjects are determined by NZQA.
If you achieve less than 80 credits, the rank score will be based on your total Level 3 credits gained over a maximum of five approved subjects and weighted by the level of achievement.

Credits obtained in required subjects do not have to be among the best 80 credits used to calculate the rank score.

NCEA Level 3 credits achieved before Year 13 can be counted towards the 80 best credits used for ranking.

Calculate an estimated rank score online

To estimate your rank score, you can use our Rank Score Calculator.
To view an example of how your rank score is calculated, visit AskAuckland.
If you need help with the Rank Score Calculator, visit AskAuckland.

NCEA catch-up credits

If you are completing catch-up credits, your application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account academic merit and availability of places on your chosen programme. Selection into a programme will not be guaranteed.

If you are completing, or have completed, catch-up credits to support your application, please contact us.

If your application is unsuccessful for the upcoming semester, we encourage you to make a new application for a future semester. Rank scores and other programme-specific requirements can change, so please continue to check our website.

NCEA rank scores required for entry for 2020

These are the undergraduate programme admission requirements for school leavers who have achieved University Entrance. Additional requirements apply and where noted against specific programmes. Please visit the specific programme page for full details.

If you achieve the University Entrance standard, but your rank score is not high enough to guarantee selection, your application will be considered, provided places remain available.

Alternative options are available if you do not meet programme entry requirements.

For 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.

Rank score required Programmes available
150
165
180
200
210
230
250
260
275
280

Other programmes

Programme Requirement
Bachelor of Laws
(LLB) Part I
Students must be offered a place in another bachelors degree. Students who gain entry to Law Part II can be admitted to the conjoint degree at that stage even if they were not in a conjoint previously. (See Note 7)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) Applicants 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.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Applicants should first complete Year 1 of either the BHSc or the BSc in Biomedical Science (or an equivalent programme of study), or have completed another degree approved by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) Applicants 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.

Contact

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 (domestic applicants)
int-questions@auckland.ac.nz (international applicants)

Notes

  1. Māori and Pacific applicants and applicants from other Equity target groups (including those from refugee backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds and applicants with declared disabilities) applying based on NCEA or Cambridge International (taken in NZ) who achieve the University Entrance (UE) Standard and a rank score of 120–149 will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) through the Targeted Admission Scheme. Other applicants with UE and rank scores from 130–149 will be considered for conditional admission to the BA. Equity applicants with rank scores of 119 or less and all other applicants with rank scores of 129 or below will be referred to an appropriate foundation programme. Applicants with IB 24–25 will be considered for conditional admission to the BA.
  2. For more information on the Targeted Admission Scheme for Business School programmes please see www.business.auckland.ac.nz/tas
  3. School-leaver Māori, Pacific students, students with disabilities, students from refugee backgrounds and students from low socio-economic backgrounds who achieve the UE standard and meet other requirements will be admitted to the programmes in the Faculty of Education and Social Work through the Targeted Admission Scheme (UTAS).
  4. For Cambridge International students, AS Mathematics and Physics may be accepted based on the level of grade achieved. For IB students, SL Mathematics and Physics may be accepted based on the level of grade achieved.
  5. The Faculty of Engineering will give consideration to students who missed out on admission to BE(Hons) who are able to demonstrate sufficient ability in engineering-related and approved study in the Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme for admission in Semester Two. www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz/behons-alt-pathway
  6. For IB students, study of an additional language is encouraged.
  7. Applicants for Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Part II should first complete LLB Part I. Places in LLB Part II are limited, and allocated on the basis of each applicant's grades in LLB Part I. The Law GPA required to guarantee entry to LLB Part II will not be higher than 6.5 (equivalent to a grade midway between B+ and A-).
  8. An audition can include evaluations of one or more recorded and/or live performance elements. www.auckland.ac.nz/bmus
  9. Māori and Pacific applicants and other equity target groups with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 140 (Cambridge International 130, IB 25) and a minimum of 14 credits in at least two subjects from Table A or B will be admitted to the BSc, with the exception of majors in Biomedical Science, Food Science and Nutrition or Exercise Sciences. Māori and Pacific applicants and other equity target groups with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 220 (Cambridge International 260, IB 29) and a minimum of 14 credits in at least two subjects from Table A or B will be admitted to the BAdvSci(Hons). Māori and Pacific applicants and other equity target groups with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 260 (Cambridge International 310, IB 33) and a minimum of 14 credits in at least two subjects from Table A or B will be admitted to the BAdvSci(Hons) conjoints. Māori and Pacific applicants and other equity target groups with an NCEA rank score less than 140 and UE will be conditionally admitted to the BSc, dependent on successful completion of the UniBound (Academic Enrichment Programme) (passing all courses).