How to get into AUT degrees

The most common way to enter degree study at AUT is to gain University Entrance (UE) at secondary school. UE is the legal minimum requirement for admission into bachelor's degrees throughout New Zealand. Students can gain UE through NCEA, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), depending on their school curriculum.
Read more about admission to AUT with UE

Is UE all that is needed?

That depends on the degree. Some AUT programmes have requirements in addition to UE.

Specific subject requirements

Some degrees want evidence of specific subject knowledge. The engineering degrees for example require Calculus. If a programme requires specific subjects, this is listed as part of the entry requirements on the relevant web page or in the programme brochure.

View our 2018 programme brochures to see subject requirements for specific programmes

Rank scores for AUT degrees

Several AUT degrees use a rank score. When applying for scholarships from secondary school, AUT uses a rank score generated from Year 12 results.

Bachelor of Communication Studies ¹

Preferred entry:

  • NCEA: A rank score of 180 or higher, with 14 credits in each of two subjects from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: A rank score of 150 or higher including a minimum AS level grade of C in at least one of the subjects listed above, or equivalent
  • IB: A minimum of 28 points including a minimum grade 5 in one of the subjects listed above, or equivalent

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences ²
  • Guaranteed entry: Rank score of 120 NCEA level 3 credits, and one or more subjects from Calculus, Mathematics or Statistics

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) ²

  • Guaranteed entry: NCEA rank score of 250 or higher, along with 14 level 3 credits in each of Calculus and Physics, or CIE A levels in Mathematics and Physics

Health science degrees
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.

¹ Preferred rank score, for programmes with more applicants than places
² Guaranteed entry score - students who achieve this rank score will be guaranteed a place in the programme

How to calculate a rank score
With NCEA, students are ranked according to the number of achieve, merit and excellence credits they have per subject.

For example, your child gets 24 credits for English, with 10 merits and 10 excellence. Each ‘merit’ is worth 3 points and each ‘excellence’ is worth 4 points. An ‘achieve’ is worth 2 points. Overall, your child would have gained 78 points for English to be counted towards their rank score.

Read more about rank scores, including how to calculate CIE and IB rank scores

What if my child does not have UE?

Students who haven't gained University Entrance can enrol in pre-degree qualifications at AUT to prepare for degree level study. Many of our successful degree graduates started with a certificate or diploma.

Foundation certificates
AUT has a number of foundation certificates that help students make the transition into degree study without UE. These certificates are specific to areas of study, eg Certificate in Science and Technology (for engineering, and computer and mathematical sciences), Certificate in Business, or Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism.

Students usually need Year 12 qualifications to enter AUT certificate study. AUT doesn’t have any general pre-degree bridging qualification.

Read more about AUT's foundation certificates

What if my child wants to study at degree level at AUT after Year 12?

If they want to study at degree level, they will only be eligible if they have done extremely well in their Year 12 NCEA, CIE or IB. They would apply under Discretionary Entrance. As well as high academic standards, students need their school to write a recommendation that provides proof of maturity and readiness for tertiary study.

Read more about Discretionary Entrance

Last updated: 21-Jul-2017 9.37am

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