University Entrance

This page has information on what you need to have for University Entrance (UE) for study at AUT. University Entrance is the minimum requirement for admission to bachelor's degrees at AUT.
There are 4 ways to gain University Entrance:
  • New Zealand Secondary School Qualifications
  • Special Admission
  • Discretionary Entrance
  • Ad Eundem Statum Admission - includes Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB)
The following information for UE is a guide only - refer to the AUT Calendar for full regulations

You may also have to meet additional requirements and selection criteria to get into a bachelor's degree

New Zealand Secondary School Qualifications – apply if you have 1 of the following:

Common University Entrance requirements

Standard NCEA CIE IB3
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.

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 Tariff2 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 IGCSE1 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.
Approved University Entrance subjects
UE subjects - NZQA website

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

Higher School Certificate with:

  • 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
  • Have 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
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Special Admission – 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

Discretionary Entrance – 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
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.

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

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.

*At least 3 of the subjects need to be from the approved subject list, and only 1 can combine credits from up to 2 approved subjects or domains.Back to top

Ad Eundem Statum Admission (admission at entrance level) – apply if you have 1 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 bachelors 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
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CIE – apply if you have:

  • General: 120 points or above on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level from any subjects which are broadly equivalent to the subjects in the NCEA approved subject list and a grade of D or above in at least 3 different syllabus groups (excluding Thinking Skills)
  • Numeracy: D or above in IGCSE Mathematics
  • Literacy: E or above in AS English Language or AS English Literature

International Baccalaureate (IB) – apply if you have:

  • Been awarded the IB Diploma (24 points minimum); and
  • Satisfied literacy and numeracy requirements by successfully completing English as language (IB Group 1) and any mathematics subject (IB Group 5)
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Last updated: 19-May-2017 10.06am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.