Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International)

For entry based on Cambridge International (formerly known as University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)) completed in New Zealand or overseas, 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.

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

University Entrance standard for admission in 2020

Part A
Applicants must obtain both:

  • a minimum of 120 points on the New Zealand Cambridge International score table 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 better in syllabuses from at least three different syllabus groups (excluding Thinking Skills).

Part B
Literacy and numeracy must be satisfied as follows.

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

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

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

Or,

  • as prescribed for University Entrance with NCEA.
Please note: International applicants applying with Cambridge International study outside of New Zealand may also meet the standard literacy requirement through an alternative approved English test as outlined in the minimum English Language proficiency requirements.

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. 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 Business Studies
History Chemistry
History of Art Economics
  Mathematics
  Physics

How your Cambridge International rank score is calculated

Your rank score is based on the New Zealand Cambridge International score table 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.

Cambridge International 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
170
190

200

230

280

300
310
330

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).