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)
- 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.
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.
The following subjects in bold are taught at Howick College:
||Home Economics (Food and Nutrition)
|Agriculture and Horticulture
|Construction & Mechanical Technologies (including Textile Technology)
||Painting (Practical Art)
|Cook Islands Maori
||Photography (Practical Art)
|Design (Practical Art)
|Design & Visual Communication (Graphics)
|Printmaking (Practical Art)
|Digital Technologies (including Electronics and Programming)
||Processing Technologies (Food Technology)
|Earth and Space Science
|Education for Sustainability
||Sculpture (Practical Art)
||Te Reo Maori
||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.