Consultation on the proposed processes for maintaining the approved subjects list for University Entrance

Closed 20 Oct 2017

Introduction

NZQA is consulting on processes (and criteria) for:

  1. modification to the list of approved subjects for University Entrance (i.e. addition of subjects and standards)
  2. regular cyclic review of the list of approved subjects for University Entrance (i.e. the list remains relevant and meets its intended purpose).

NZQA's review of the University Entrance requirements 2016–2017 indicated an area in which improvements could be considered was a process for the regular review and maintenance of the approved subjects list. In response to the statement, "We should have a regular process for the approved subjects list", almost 90 percent of survey respondents and all organisations agreed or strongly agreed.

The purpose of the approved subjects list for University Entrance is to ensure that students have the appropriate skills and knowledge in a subject to prepare them for degree level study at university.

What the proposal is intended to achieve

This proposal (PDF, 346KB) will enable the publication of clear and transparent process and criteria for:

  • the consideration for a modification to the list of ‘approved subjects’ for University Entrance
  • a cyclic review of the list of ‘approved subjects’ for University Entrance i.e. the list remains relevant and meets its intended purpose.

The views we are seeking

We are seeking the views of anyone with an interest in this proposal. This includes:

  • universities
  • subject associations
  • schools and kura (principals and teachers)
  • other degree-granting tertiary education organisations
  • students, parents, whanau, iwi and hapū.

Your feedback to this consultation

You can provide your views by completing our feedback survey.

Alternatively, you can download the survey (DOCX, 901KB), and then email it to: UEconsultation@nzqa.govt.nz or post it to:

University Entrance List Proposal
Qualifications Services
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
P O Box 160
Wellington 6140

Submissions close on Friday 20 October 2017.

If you have any questions, need more information or would like a face to face meeting, please contact us at email: UEconsultation@nzqa.govt.nz

Next steps

NZQA will make its decision on this proposal by late 2017 and expects to communicate the outcomes by December 2017.  If the proposal is agreed, the process and evaluation criteria for requests for changes to the approved subject list will apply from January 2018.

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