National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

NCEA students – important message  

2018 NCEA results have been made available to the University. We have begun assessing applications and will make decisions as soon as possible. It is important to note that decisions about some programmes may be made earlier than others.

Please continue to check your online Application for Admission for updates.

How to check your application status

All you need to do is sign into your Application for Admission. A summary page will appear that shows the status of your application(s).

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 2019

You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand Universities in 2019 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 2019

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 11 Level 3 achievement standards that will count taken from this domain, numbered 91632 – 91642)
Te Reo Māori
Te Reo Rangatira Mathematics (Mathematics cannot be used in combination with Calculus and/or 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 2019

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

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.
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.


Phone: +64 923 5025 (within Auckland)
Phone: 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
Phone: +64 9 373 7513 (from overseas)
Email: (domestic applicants) (international applicants)