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NCEA – University Entrance Requirements

The University Entrance (UE) requirement is the minimum requirement for entry to university, specifically:

  • Achievement of NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher);
  • 14 credits in each of three Level 3 subjects from the approved List;
  • UE Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or higher from specified Achievement Standards;
  • UE Literacy – 10 credits (5 in Reading and 5 in Writing) from specific Level 2, and higher, Achievement Standards, or specific Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira Level 2 Standards;
  • Credits can be accumulated over more than one year in a subject.

For further information please visit www.nzqa.govt.nz.

NZQA Approved Subjects for University Entrance

REMEMBER: University Entrance provides entrance to university; however, more and more universities require certain subject areas to be included and some have specific entry criteria. All universities publish these details.

For a complete list of NCEA Achievement Standards for each approved subject, please click here.

NZQA Approved Subjects for University Entrance

Accounting

English

Ngā Toi

Agriculture and Horticulture Science

Field Māori

Numeracy

Agribusiness ( Business Studies)

French

Pacific Studies

Art History

Geography

Pāngarau

Biology

German

Physical Education

Business and Management

Hangarau

Physics

Business Studies

Hauora

Psychology

Chemistry

Health

Pūtaiao

Chinese

History

Religious Studies

Classical Studies

Home Economics

Samoan

Cook Islands Māori

Japanese

Science

Computing

Korean

Social Studies

Core Skills

Latin

Sociology

Dance

Legal Studies

Spanish

Design and Visual Communication

Lea Faka-Tonga

Supported Learning

Digital Technologies

Literacy

Te Reo Māori

Drama

Mathematics and Statistics

Te Reo Rangatira

Early Childhood Education

Māori Performing Arts

Technology

Earth and Space Science

Media Studies

Tikanga-ā-Iwi

Economics

Music

Visual Arts

Education for Sustainability

New Zealand Sign Language