Additional requirements and selection criteria

This page outlines additional requirements and selection criteria for bachelor's degrees at AUT, and explains how we calculate your rank score.

Things we may consider in addition to University Entrance

  • Some bachelor's degrees have additional requirements and selection criteria – such as preferred NCEA subjects, supporting documents or an interview.
  • If there are more applicants than places - we may assess your academic results and calculate your rank score.

Bachelor's programmes using additional requirements and selection criteria

Refer to the AUT Calendar for more details

Evaluating your academic achievement – how we assess your academic results

Places in bachelor's programmes are limited. If there are more applicants than places we will assess your application against other applicants to the same programme.

We calculate your rank score based on your Year 13 results in NCEA Level 3, Cambridge International Examinations or International Baccalaureate.

AUT programmes with a rank score

Several AUT degrees use a rank score:

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

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.
Approved University Entrance subjects
UE subjects - NZQA website

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) rank score

How we calculate the rank score:
  • By taking the 80 best credits in University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3 or higher, and weighting them by the level of achievement
  • No more than 24 credits per subject will be counted
  • If a student achieves fewer than 80 credits at Level 3 or higher, the rank score will be calculated on the total number of credits they attain at this level in UE approved subjects
How we calculate your rank score:
Excellence    4 points
Merit           3 points
Achieved      2 points

Example of how we calculate your rank score

Approved subject Excellence credits Merit credits Achieved credits
English 2 3 10
Statistics and modelling - 4 12
Geography 6 6 6
Biography 2 4 16
Chemistry - 6 18
Subtotals 10 23 62
Best 80 credits 10 23 47
Calculate points 40 points (10 x 4) 69 points (23 x3) 94 points (47 x 2)
Rank score: 203 points

Note: Excellence and merit credits are counted first, followed by the required number of Achieved, up to the maximum total of 80 credits. In this example, the student could only count 47 of their achieved credits.

Calculate your NCEA rank score

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Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Rank score

These are the steps we take to calculate your rank score using your CIE results. Here's an example of how we do it.

How we calculate your rank score:
  • Based on your UCAS Tariff score
  • No more than 6 subject units over the last 2 years of study will be counted in subjects at AS, A2 or A level from subjects that match the NCEA University Entrance approved subjects
  • The rank score may differ from the UCAS Tariff used for University Entrance because only subjects equivalent to NCEA approved ones will be used for calculating
  • An A level counts as 2 subject units and an AS level counts as 1 subject unit. Students who have studied more than 6 subject units can count only the 6 best scores
How we calculate your rank score
Level A B C D E
A 120 points 100 points 80 points 60 points 40 points
AS 60 points 50 points 40 points 30 points 20 points

Example of how we calculate your rank score
Subject Level Subject units Grade Tariff points Rank score
English A 2 D 60 60
Mathematics A 2 C 80 80
Geography AS 1 D 30 30
Biology AS 1 D 30 30
Chemistry AS 1* E 20* -
Rank score: 200 points

Calculate your CIE rank score

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International Baccalaureate (IB): Rank score

How we evaluate you:
  • You must have achieved the IB Diploma (24 points)
  • We will evaluate you on the number of points achieved above 24

Applicants without a Year 13 (7th form) entrance qualification: how we assess you

We look for evidence of:
  • Work experience that has prepared you for university study by requiring you to use higher order thinking skills and high level written communication and numeracy skills
  • Clear goals and objectives for degree level study
  • Qualifications relevant to your proposed programme

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Last updated: 21-Nov-2017 1.27pm

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