National Certification 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 2017

You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand Universities in 2017 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 2017

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.

The table below shows the rank scores required for guaranteed entry in 2017, specific subject and credit requirements and any other requirements you need for admission and selection into the University of Auckland’s undergraduate programmes.

Some of our undergraduate programmes require you to have taken specific subjects and gained minimum credits in those.

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 Economics
Te Reo Māori
OR  
Mathematics(Mathematics cannot be used in combination
with Calculus and/or Statistics.)
Te Reo Rangatira 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.

Guaranteed entry requirements for admission in 2017

These are the undergraduate programme admission requirements for school leavers who have achieved University Entrance.

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.

Programme Rank score, subject and credit requirements
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) 230
A minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table B.
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of creative work and written statement.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)1 150
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)2 180
A minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
 
Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt) 150
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a CV, written statement and an audition/interview.
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (BEd(Tchg))3 150
Subject to a satisfactory interview, police check, and referees’ reports.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons))4 260
17 external Level 3 credits in Calculus and 16 external Level 3 credits in Physics.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 150
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of creative works and written statement.
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) 250
A minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table B.
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.
Bachelor of Music (BMus)

150
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a statement of musical background, referee’s report and:

  • Classical Performance – an audition5 and musical qualification certificates
  • Jazz Performance and Popular Music - an audition5
  • Composition major - a portfolio of 2 composition works and musical qualification certificates
  • Musicology – musical qualification certificates
Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) 230
A minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits from one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Bachelor of Property (BProp)2 180
A minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biomedical Science 280
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Food Science and Nutrition 200
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Exercise Sciences 180
Bachelor of Science (BSc)6 - All other majors/specialisations 165
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)3 150
Subject to a satisfactory police check, and referees’ reports. Interviews may be required.
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education (BSportHPE)3 150
Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) (BUrbPlan(Hons)) 230
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a written statement.

Conjoint programmes

If you want to study a Conjoint degree, you must achieve the greater of the two rank scores for your selected programmes and meet the entry requirements for both. Not all degree programmes have conjoint options.

Conjoint programme Rank score, subject and credit requirements
Bachelor of Arts conjoints 210
Bachelor of Commerce conjoints 210
A minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) conjoints4 275
17 external Level 3 credits in Calculus and 16 external Level 3 credits in Physics.
Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoints 210
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of creative works and written statement.
Bachelor of Health Sciences conjoints 250
A minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table B.
Bachelor of Laws (Part I) conjoints Satisfy the conjoint score for the other degree.
Bachelor of Music conjoints

210

Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a statement of musical background, referee’s report and:

  • Classical Performance – an audition5 and musical qualification certificates
  • Jazz Performance and Popular Music - an audition5
  • Composition major - a portfolio of 2 composition works and musical qualification certificates
  • Musicology – musical qualification certificates
Bachelor of Nursing conjoints 230
A minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and a minimum of 18 credits from one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Bachelor of Property conjoints 210
A minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Science conjoints 210

Other programmes

Programme Requirement
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 must complete an appropriate first year programme including the prescribed BPharm Part I courses (or equivalent), 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.

Notes

  1. Māori applicants and applicants from Equity target groups (including Pacific applicants, those from refugee backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds and applicants with declared disabilities) applying based on NCEA 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.
  2. For more information on the Targeted Admission Scheme for Business School programmes see www.business.auckland.ac.nz/tas.
  3. Māori, Pacific, 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 & Social Work through the Targeted Admission Scheme.
  4. 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 2. Please see BE(Hons) alternative pathway for more information.
  5. An audition can include evaluations of one or more recorded and/or live performance elements.
  6. Māori and Pacific applicants with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 140 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. Applicants from Equity target groups (including those from refugee backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds and applicants with disabilities) with an NCEA rank score greater than or equal to 140 will be ranked on the basis of academic merit. Māori and Pacific applicants with an NCEA rank score less than 140 will be conditionally admitted to the BSc dependent on successful completion of the Certificate in Academic Preparation (passing all courses).

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)