Entrance to University

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to study a degree programme either at a university, polytechnic or private provider. To be awarded University Entrance you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three courses - at Level 3 or above, made up of:
    • 14 credits each, in three approved courses
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of:
    • 5 credits in reading
    • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of courses, or
    • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.

This information sets out the minimum entry qualification. However individual Universities may set entry qualifications which vary from this and the requirements should be checked when you are considering university enrolment. For example:

  • Currently all Universities require students to have the NZQA University Entrance qualification, but on its own it is not sufficient for entry to some university courses. In addition, some universities now operate a Guaranteed Entry Score system. You will need to check the individual degree programme you are interested in so that you have good information about what you will need to achieve.

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