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University Entrance

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Pathway University Entrance Requirements

From 2014 students will use the new University Entrance standards to enter degree-level programmes from 2015. The new requirements will continue to be the minimum requirement for entry to university.

From 2014, students will need all of the following to be awarded University Entrance:

  • attain NCEA Level 3
  • achieve 14 credits at level three in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects. The list of approved subjects will consist of subjects derived from the New Zealand Curriculum with achievement standards at Level 3
  • achieve University Entrance Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 and above from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy unit standards
  • achieve University Entrance Literacy - 10 credits (five in reading and five in writing) at Level 2 and above from specific standards.

Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Pathway University Entrance Requirements


The University Entrance Standard
Part A

Applicants must obtain

  • A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff* at A or AS level from any syllabus groups in the published table**, 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
A D grade or better will satisfy one of the subject requirements of Part A.Or
  • As prescribed for university entrance with NCEA

Numeracy

Either

  • (i) A D grade or better in IGCSE or GCSE mathematics, or
  • (ii) Any mathematics passed at AS level. A D grade or better will satisfy one of the subject requirements of Part A.
Or
  • As prescribed for university entrance with NCEA.