University Entrance (UE) for bachelor's degrees

University Entrance is the minimum requirement for admission to bachelor's degrees at AUT.

For some bachelor’s degrees you also need other specified admission requirements, including specific school subjects portfolios and interviews. Refer to the programme page for your chosen programme for details.

How to gain University Entrance

NCEA, CIE, IB

Standard

NCEA

CIE

IB²

Overall

Require NCEA level 3 certificate which consists of 80 credits, including at least 60 credits at level 3 or higher. Can include up to 20 credits at level 2.

Note
Credits to achieve NCEA level 3 may include unit standards from non-approved subjects.

Subject credits
Total of 42 level 3 credits including:

14 credits from one approved subject
14 credits from a second approved subject
14 credits from a third approved subject

A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff¹ at A or AS level from any subjects which are broadly equivalent to the subjects in the NCEA approved subject list.

Must include at least three subjects (excluding Thinking Skills) with grades D or above.

IB Diploma with minimum 24 points

Numeracy

At least 10 level 1 (or higher) numeracy credits  (can be achieved through a range of subjects)

A minimum grade of D in IGCSE³ mathematics or any mathematics subject at AS or A level.

Any mathematics subject – IB Group 5

Literacy

Total of 10 level 2 (or higher) literacy credits including:
Five reading credits
Five writing credits.

From specific standards in a range of NZQA English language-rich subjects.

A minimum grade of E in English Language and/or  English Literature subject at AS or A level.

Literature or language and literature (SL or HL) – IB Group 1, with English as the language.

  1. UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services for the UK) Tariff = system which converts AS and A level grades into points
  2. New Zealand residents who have taken IB but have not been awarded the Diploma may apply for discretionary entrance
  3. IGCSE = International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Higher School Certificate

Apply if you have:

  • A grade of C or higher in each of three subjects of the New Zealand University Entrance, Bursaries and Scholarships (NZUEBS) examinations; or
  • A combination of NZUEBS A, B or C grades and have completed equivalent subjects registered on the National Qualifications Framework; or
  • At least 13 credits at Level 3 from the National Qualifications Framework in each of 3 approved subjects from the approved list

New Zealand Bursaries

Apply if you have:

  • A New Zealand Bursary at ‘A’ or ‘B’ level; or
  • A grade of D or higher in each of 4 subjects of the New Zealand Universities Bursaries Examination prior to 1993

New Zealand University Entrance

Apply if you have:

  • New Zealand Bursary Entrance prior to 1986

Apply if you:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; and
  • Don’t have a University Entrance qualification; and
  • Are 20 years or over by the first day of semester in which the programme begins

Apply if you:

  • Are under the age of 20 years; and
  • Are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia; and
  • Don’t meet the University Entrance standard; and
  • Have received secondary schooling to at least New Zealand Year 12 level (or its equivalent overseas) and completed NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit or better. This should include at least 14 credits in each of 4 NCEA Level 2 subjects, at least 3 of which must be on the approved subject list; and
  • Meet the UE literacy and numeracy standards, or their equivalents; and
  • Have not completed Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school; or
  • Have undertaken study in Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school, but not attempted to qualify for University Entrance

Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must also be selected into the programme for which they have applied.

Australian applicants’ most recent schooling must have been in New Zealand.

Applicants who have undertaken Year 13 beyond 1 June in any year may not normally be eligible to apply in the same year but may be considered for mid-year admission in the following year.

Cost of applying for Discretionary Entrance

There is a non-refundable assessment fee of $50.00.

Apply if you have one of the following:

  • CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination)
  • IB (International Baccalaureate)
  • An approved qualification from a special character New Zealand secondary school, including Accelerated Christian Education Year 13 Academic Certificate (with at least 4 credits in subjects designated Year 13) or Steiner School Certificate (SSC) Level 3
  • An Australian high school ranking with an ATAR rank of 69.6 or above or an OP rank of 14 or below
  • An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by AUT to be sufficient for admission into a bachelor’s programme
  • An approved Foundation Studies qualification
  • An approved course of study at Level 3 or above from AUT
  • An appropriate course of study at Level 3 or above (or equivalent) from a recognised New Zealand tertiary provider, normally including either 120 points at Level 3 or 60 points at Level 4 or above

Calculating your rank score

If there are more applicants than places - we may assess your academic results and calculate your rank score.

We calculate your rank score based on your Year 13 results in NCEA Level 3, Cambridge International Examinations or International Baccalaureate. When applying for scholarships from secondary school, AUT uses a rank score generated from Year 12 results.

The popular health science degrees give preference to the highest level of academic achievement (highest performing students). There is no set rank score that guarantees entry to these degrees.

Calculating your rank score:

  • By taking the 80 best credits in University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3 or higher, and weighting them by the level of achievement
  • No more than 24 credits per subject will be counted
  • If a student achieves fewer than 80 credits at Level 3 or higher, the rank score will be calculated on the total number of credits they attain at this level in UE approved subjects

How we calculate your rank score:

Excellence: 4 points
Merit: 3 points
Achieved: 2 points

Example of how we calculate your rank score

Approved subject

Excellence credits

Merit credits

Achieved credits

English

2

3

10

Statistics and modelling

-

4

12

Geography

6

6

6

Biology

2

4

16

Chemistry

-

6

18

 

Subtotals

10

23

62

Best 80 credits

10

23

47

Calculate points

40 points (10 x 4)

69 points (23 x3)

94 points (47 x 2)

Rank score: 203 points

Excellence and merit credits are counted first, followed by the required number of Achieved, up to the maximum total of 80 credits. In this example, the student could only count 47 of their achieved credits.

Calculate your NCEA rank score

These are the steps we take to calculate your rank score using your CIE results. Here's an example of how we do it.

Calculating your rank score:

  • Based on your UCAS Tariff score
  • No more than 6 subject units over the last 2 years of study will be counted in subjects at AS, A2 or A level from subjects that match the NCEA University Entrance approved subjects
  • The rank score may differ from the UCAS Tariff used for University Entrance because only subjects equivalent to NCEA approved ones will be used for calculating
  • An A level counts as 2 subject units and an AS level counts as 1 subject unit. Students who have studied more than 6 subject units can count only the 6 best scores

How we calculate your rank score

Level

A

B

C

D

E

A

120 points

100 points

80 points

60 points

40 points

AS

60 points

50 points

40 points

30 points

20 points

Example of how we calculate your rank score

Subject

Level

Subject units

Grade

Tariff points

Rank score

English

A

2

D

60

60

Mathematics

A

2

C

80

80

Geography

AS

1

D

30

30

Biology

AS

1

D

30

30

Chemistry

AS

1*

E

20*

-

Rank score: 200 points

Calculate your CIE rank score

How we evaluate you:

  • You must have achieved the IB Diploma (24 points)
  • We will evaluate you on the number of points achieved above 24

We look for evidence of:

  • Work experience that has prepared you for university study by requiring you to use higher order thinking skills and high level written communication and numeracy skills
  • Clear goals and objectives for degree level study
  • Qualifications relevant to your proposed programme

You have University Entrance but didn't get into your chosen degree

If you missed out on your chosen degree, there may be more applicants than places available for this degree, or you may not meet the additional requirements and selection criteria for your programme.

Consider starting with one of our certificate programmes to prepare yourself for further study at bachelor's level.

Foundation certificates at AUT

English language requirements

AUT classes are taught in English. If you don’t have English as your first language, you need to show evidence of your English language skills.

English language requirements

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