University Entrance

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to go to a New Zealand university.
To qualify you will need:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • 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 subjects) or Unit Standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626 & 26627 - all three required).

Approved Subjects

The following subjects are classified by NZQA as “Approved Subjects” for entrance to University. Full list on NZQA here.

AccountingEconomicsMusic Studies
Agriculture & HorticultureEnglishPainting (Practical Art)   
BiologyFrenchPhotography (Practical Art)
BusinessGeographyPhysical Education
ChemistryHealth EducationPrint Making (Practical Art)
ChineseHistoryReligious Studies
Classical StudiesHistory of ArtSamoan
Cook Islands MaoriHome EconomicsScience
DanceIndonesianSculpture (Practical Art)
Design (Practical Art)JapaneseSocial Studies
Design & Visual CommunicationKoreanSpanish
Digital TechnologiesLatinStatistics
DramaMathematicsTe Reo Rangitira or Te Reo Maori
Earth & Space ScienceMedia StudiesTechnology


Scholarship is an award not a qualification, and does not attract credits. It is challenging and demanding and will reward the most able students in each subject. Successful students will have shown very high levels of academic ability and skills, beyond those expected at NCEA Level 3. In most cases, the awards will go to the top 2 or 3 per cent of the total number of Year 13 students nationally in each subject. There is a range of monetary awards associated with scholarship.

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