University Entrance - what do you need?

University Entrance is the minimum requirement to go to an NZ University. To qualify you must have achieved:

  • NCEA Level 3 AND
  • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in each of 3 approved subjects (see the list of approved subjects below), AND
  • 10 literacy credits (5 reading and 5 writing) from a list of approved standards at Level 2 or above. 

Approved Subjects for University Entrance offered at Nelson College for Girls

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Design (Practical Art)
  • Design and Visual Communication (Graphics)
  • Digital Technologies
  • Drama
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Food and Life Studies (Home Economics)
  • Geography
  • Health Education
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music Studies
  • Painting (Practical Art)
  • Photography (Practical Art)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Printmaking (Practical Art)
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sculpture (Practical Art)
  • Statistics
  • Technology
  • Te Reo Māori

Each University also has its own entry requirements. It would be advisable to contact the specific University or check their website for up-to-date entry information.

For example, the University of Auckland has an additional literacy requirement. Applicants must have gained a minimum of 17 credits in English at Level 2 and/or 3. 


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