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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).
Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.
Credits can be accumulated over more than one year.
If a unit and an achievement standard assess the same learning outcome, only the credits for ONE standard can be counted. In other words they are 'mutually exclusive'. A list of such exclusions is published each year.
When an applicant does not qualify for University Entrance to a New Zealand university, they may be eligible for Discretionary Entrance.
See Universities New Zealand - Discretionary Entrance for more information.
Appeals process for Discretionary and Ad Eundem Statum Entrance
Applicants who are not happy with the decision of a University regarding discretionary entrance may appeal that decision.
Review of University Entrance requirements
NZQA is reviewing the University Entrance requirements 2016-2017. Please go to the Review page for more information.