University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) taken in New Zealand schools

For entry based on a New Zealand secondary school qualification 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 AS and A Level results. Some programmes may also require you to have taken specific subjects.

If you have completed CIE outside New Zealand, refer to our information for Overseas secondary school applicants because different entry requirements will apply.

University Entrance standard for admission in 2017

Part A
Applicants must obtain both:

  • a minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level from any syllabus groups from those available in New Zealand (check with a Cambridge School for details) which are broadly equivalent to those in the list of approved subjects for NCEA, and
  • a D grade or higher in syllabuses from at least three different syllabus groups (excluding Thinking Skills).

*Please contact your school for details: www.acsnz.org.nz/acsnzschools.cfm

Part B
Literacy and numeracy must be satisfied as follows.

Literacy:
Either an E grade or higher in any one of,

  • AS English Language
  • AS Language and Literature in English
  • AS Literature in English.

Note: A D grade (or higher) will satisfy one of the syllabus requirements of Part A.
Or,

  • as prescribed for University Entrance with NCEA.

Numeracy:
Either,

  • A D grade (or higher) in IGCSE or GCSE Mathematics, or
  • Any mathematics subject passed at AS level. 

Note: A D grade (or higher) will satisfy one of the syllabus requirements of Part A.

Or,

  • as prescribed for University Entrance with NCEA.

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. 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 requirements and any other requirements you need for admission and selection into the University of Auckland’s undergraduate programmes.

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 Business Studies
History Chemistry
History of Art Economics
  Mathematics
  Physics

How your CIE (taken in New Zealand) rank score is calculated

Your rank score is based on the UCAS Tariff score for up to six subject units at AS level (one subject unit) or A level (two subject units). A maximum of two subject units can be included from any one syllabus group in the table of available syllabus groups, which are broadly equivalent to those in the list of approved subjects for NCEA. If you have studied more than six subject units, the best six scores will be used.
Thinking Skills and the General Paper will be excluded from the rank score calculation.The maximum rank score is 420. The following points are awarded for each syllabus group.

A level:

  • A*: 140 points
  • A: 120 points
  • B: 100 points
  • C: 80 points
  • D: 60 points
  • E: 40 points

AS level:

  • A: 60 points
  • B: 50 points
  • C: 40 points
  • D: 30 points
  • E: 20 points

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.

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) 280
One subject from Table A and 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)2 190
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, 5 310
Mathematics and Physics at A Levels.
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) 300
One subject from Table A and one full A Level 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 audition6 and musical qualification certificates
  • Jazz Performance and Popular Music - an audition6
  • Composition major - a portfolio of 2 composition works and musical qualification certificates
  • Musicology – musical qualification certificates
Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) 280 with one subject from Table A and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics at full A level.
Bachelor of Property (BProp)2 190 with three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biomedical Science 310
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Food Science and Nutrition 200
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Exercise Sciences 190
Bachelor of Science (BSc)7 - All other majors/specialisations 170
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)) 280
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 230
Bachelor of Commerce conjoints 230
Three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) conjoints4 330
Mathematics and Physics at A Levels
Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoints 230
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of creative works and written statement.
Bachelor of Health Sciences conjoints 300
One subject from Table A and one full A level subject from Table B.
Bachelor of Laws (Part I) conjoints Satisfy the conjoint score for the other degree.
Bachelor of Music conjoints

230

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

  • Classical Performance – an audition6 and musical qualification certificates
  • Jazz Performance and Popular Music - an audition6
  • Composition major - a portfolio of 2 composition works and musical qualification certificates
  • Musicology – musical qualification certificates
Bachelor of Nursing conjoints 280
One subject from Table A and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics at full A level.
 
Bachelor of Property conjoints 230
Three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.
Bachelor of Science conjoints 230

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 CIE (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.
  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. AS Mathematics and Physics may be accepted based on 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 2. Please see BE(Hons) alternative pathway for more information.
  6. An audition can include evaluations of one or more recorded and/or live performance elements.
  7. Māori and Pacific applicants with a CIE (NZ) rank score greater than or equal to 130 and a minimum of two subjects from Table A and 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 a CIE (NZ) rank score greater than or equal to 130 will be ranked on the basis of academic merit. Māori and Pacific applicants with a CIE (NZ) rank score less than 130 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)