New Zealand University Entrance Requirements

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university.  To qualify you will need:
  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects – at Level 3 or above, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects. However, it is advisable to have four or five approved subjects.
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:  Achievement Standards – specified Achievement Standards available through a range of subjects, or  Unit Standards – package of three numeracy Unit Standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required) 
Important Notes:
  • Students should check individual subject pages to see whether the subject carries UE Literacy credits. 
  • For unconditional entry to Auckland University from 2016 students will need 17 credits in Level 2 or Level 3 English. Students without these credits will need to include a specific English paper in their first year of university.
Rank Score:
Students need to be aware that some universities and/or degrees also have a 'rank score' minimum entry requirement. Your rank score is calculated from your best 80 credits gained at Level 3, and are given weighted points for each Excellence, Merit or Achieved (eg: Auckland University gives 4 points per Excellence, 3 points per Merit and 2 points per Achieved).
Please note a rank score is not a qualification, but a method for universities to evaluate entry suitability.
** Check the relevant pages of the course/university you are interested in to determine what rank score (and prerequisite subjects) might be required for entry. 

Approved Subjects

The following subjects in bold are taught at Howick College:
Accounting Home Economics (Food and Nutrition)
Agriculture and Horticulture    Indonesian
Biology Japanese
Business Studies Korean
Calculus Latin
Chemistry  Mathematics
Chinese (not taught but can sit assessments for NCEA) Media Studies
Classical Studies  Music
Construction & Mechanical Technologies (including Textile Technology) Painting (Practical Art)
Cook Islands Maori       Photography (Practical Art)
Dance    Physical Education
Design (Practical Art)      Physics
Design & Visual Communication (Graphics)
Printmaking (Practical Art)
Digital Technologies   (including Electronics and Programming) Processing Technologies (Food Technology)
Drama    Religious Studies
Earth and Space Science Samoan
Economics                  Science
Education for Sustainability       Sculpture (Practical Art)
English Social Studies
French    Spanish
Geography Statistics
German Technology 
Health Education      Te Reo Maori
History    Te Reo Rangatira
History of Art  


Link to NZQA website for further information


The following contact details will give access to particular entry requirements for each institution, or contact our Careers Adviser, Ms van Daatselaar.

AUT UNIVERSITY  0800 288-864
WAIKATO UNIVERSITY  0800 924-5286 
 OTAGO UNIVERSITY  09 373-9704