As a general rule, applications for university hostels and financial scholarships are made in August and September and are therefore based on your Year 12 results, along with a confidential reference from Nelson College. Students then apply for university courses in early December, with final offers to courses made by the universities in January, based NCEA Level 3 results and the students achieving the Guaranteed Entry Score (read more below).
The Useful Links page lists the entry criteria for New Zealand’s universities.
From 2014, all NZ university students will be required to:-
To gain direct entry into their university course students must achieve a guaranteed entry score (GES).
How do I calculate a GES
You need to obtain a particular “rank score” to gain a guaranteed entry to most universities and most courses. This ranks students based on their best NCEA results.
For courses with limited numbers, there may be a “guaranteed entry score”; if your rank score is less than the guaranteed entry score you might not gain admission to that course. Most universities require a rank score of at least 140 points, for example University of Otago (out of a maximum 320 points). In 2017, the University of Canterbury is moving to 150 points.
Your score will be based on your 80 best credits in University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3 or higher, and weighted by the level of achievement. You can count both achievement standards and unit standards.
A maximum of 24 credits in each subject may be counted.
If you have achieved fewer than 80 credits at Level 3 or higher the score will be based on those you have achieved.
Your score will be calculated by awarding points as follows: Excellence = 4 points, Merit = 3 points, Achieved = 2 points.
An example of a score for a Year 13 student
Note: If you achieve UE but not GES, you will be waitlisted according to your score and application date. If accepted into a degree programme, you will be required to consult a course adviser to ensure that your programme and workload are appropriate.
Approved Subject Excellence Merit Achieved Calculus 8 6 6 Chemistry – 6 10 English 4 4 16 Classics – 10 10 Physics – – 24 SUB TOTAL 12 26 66 Best 80 Credits 12 26 42 Calculate Points 48 pts (12 x 4) 78 pts (26 x 3) 84 pts (42 x 2) Score 210 points
How do I decide on a tertiary pathway
No Major Drama helps you learn about majors for Bachelor degrees from across all eight New Zealand universities and rank them based on your skills and interests. No Major Drama is designed to help you answer what’s likely to be one of the most important questions you’ll face in your life: What should I ‘major’ (specialise) in at university?
Based on your skills and interests, No Major Drama lets you create your own personalised ranking of 181 major subject areas e.g. Accounting, Music, Zoology etc, representing 730 specific majors for Bachelor degrees from across all eight NZ universities.
Considering a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Honours)?
AUT – Auckland University of Technology – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Biotronic, Electrical & Electronic, Mechanical, Maritime (delivered in partnership with the Australian Maritime College)
University of Auckland – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Biomedical, Chemical & Materials, Civil & Environmental, Computer Systems, Electrical & Electronic, Engineering Science, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Software. A Rank score of 260 is required. The new guaranteed entry requirement for engineering requires the following Achievement Standards in Level 3 calculus (17 external credits) and physics (16 external credits).
University of Canterbury – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Chemical & Process, Civil, Computer, Electrical & Electronic, Forest, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Natural Resources, Software. It is recommended that students entering the first Intermediate year of the engineering programme need 18 credits (14 may be accepted) in Level 3 Maths with Calculus. Students must achieve AS91579 Apply integration methods in solving problems. Also, 14 credits in Level 3 Physics, and 14 credits in Level 3 Chemistry. (Chemistry is not required for the Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering or Software Engineering disciplines.)
Victoria University of Wellington – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Electronic & Computer Systems, Network, Software
Read more about careers in technology, engineering and science – www.futureintech.org.nz/
Parent/Caregiver presentation on pathways to university
UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) is a prerequisite for entry into medicine and health in New Zealand. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level. It may be sat in Year 13 as a practice. Entry into medical school is taken from the UMAT results obtained in your first year Health Science. MedEntry is a government accredited Registered Training Organisation specialising in UMAT preparation for New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. Students may sit UMAT on 27 July 2016. For more information visit www.MedEntry.co.nz/