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Tertiary Degree Entry Requirements

(Covers popular tertiary providers for MRGS students and is only applicable to school students and school leavers studying NCEA.)

 PLEASE visit the Career Department if you wish to know more.

The information on Degree Entry Requirements covers NCEA degree entry requirements for the Auckland region and other commonly attended providers.

If you don't think you are going to make the entry requirements of the degree of your choice, ask at the Career Department or approach providers directly for staircasing options available to students without NCEA University Entrance, such as foundation certificate courses or diploma level courses. These are not included in the information below.


International and new migrant students MUST double check the IELTS requirements of the institution they wish to attend.

Generally speaking, international students enrolled in Yr 13 and studying NCEA UE are accepted on their NCEA English literacy credits and not IELTS. HOWEVER: Some providers require IELTS as well. A couple of providers will look at IELTS as an alternative on a case by case basis. Do not presume anything!

University of Auckland:  www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/applications-and-admissions/entry-requirements.html Look under the link 'Undergraduate Entry Requirements'.

University of Auckland's Academic English Language Requirement from 2016

Please note that the University of Auckland has introduced an extra entry requirement from 2016 over and above University Entrance, specific subject requirements and the ranked score.  This is called the Academic English Language Requirement.  For this, you are required to gain 17 English credits at NCEA Level 2 and/or Level 3.  If you do not gain these 17 English credits but fulfill every other entry requirement for your degree, you will be offered a place in the degree but you will also be required to complete and pass an Academic English paper in the first year of study.  We highly recommend that you gain your 17 English credits through your NCEA study.

AUT University:  www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas  On this link check out the specific entry requirements for the programmes you are interested in applying for.

Massey University: www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/entry-requirements/nz_citizens_permanent_residents/undergrad/undergrad_home.cfm

On the above link for Massey University, read NCEA requirements, then check whether there are specific requirements for the degree you are applying for.  When you click into your chosen degree, click on to the 'Entry' button for specific entry requirements, over and above NCEA UE.

University of Waikato: www.waikato.ac.nz/study/enrolment/undergraduate   After checking out the general University Entrance requirements, find out if there are specific entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Victoria University: www.victoria.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol/admissions/nz-university-entrance University Entrance with a guaranteed entry score/ranked score of 150 for all degrees except Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Building Science which required a ranked score of 180.   Also,  find out from the website, if there are specific entry requirements for your chosen degree.

University of Canterbury:  www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol/eligibility/   If you have University Entrance you will be considered for entry.  But you must also, find out from the website  if there are any specific entry requirements for your chosen degree.

 University of Otago: www.otago.ac.nz/study/entrance/         Use this link to check out whether you have NCEA UE.  For 'Preferential Entry' you need to have attained a ranked score of 140 plus fulfil any specific entry requirements for your chosen degree.   International students - click on this link www.otago.ac.nz/future-students/international/index.html and find out if there are any specific entry requirements requirements for your undergraduate degree.


Australian University Admission

Students wanting to apply to an Australian University need to get organised early because applications close much earlier than in New Zealand, with the first closing as early as July.

Please check the websites of your universities of choice to find the open for enrolment  dates.

You apply to the Tertiary Admissions Centre in the state where the university is based, not directly the university. There are seven admission centres.

All university websites have links to their Admissions Centre so it is not difficult to work out which Admissions Centre you need. Of course you can discuss courses with individual universities beforehand.

Each student can apply for up to nine course preferences but you can change these preferences until the beginning of January.

Universities Australia Website

How Australian Tertiary Entry Works

In Australia all Year 12 (equivalent to NZ Year 13) school leavers are given an Australian national tertiary score between 1 and 100. When a NZ student applies to a tertiary admission centre, the centre instructs NZQA to send the student’s NCEA Level 3 results to them as soon as they are available. A calculation is performed on the NCEA results to get them to the equivalent of an Australian score.

Each university has a Cut Off Score which is their minimum entry requirement. These scores can vary between universities and between disciplines. Have a look at the Good Universities Guide below:

The Good Universities Guide

As at November, 2017, New Zealand citizens have the same entry rights as Australian citizens. They pay the same tertiary fees, BUT New Zealand students DO NOT have access to the Australian Student Loan system.  This may change, however, if the Tertiary Education Reforms that are currently in the Senate in Australia come into effect.  These changes will mean that New Zealand citizens will pay full fees, similar to international students, but they will be able to access the Australian Student Loan system.

N.B. New Zealand Permanent Residents are considered International students in Australia.

As New Zealand ctizens, you must pay fees up front. The fees for 2018 are around $AUS6,000 - $AUS10,500 depending on the course.

Which University should I choose?

The Australian National University recommends you look at the Group of Eight:

• Australia National University

• University of Sydney

• University of New South Wales

• Monash University

• University of Melbourne

• University of Adelaide

• University of Western Australia

• University of Queensland

There is also a resource, The Good Universities Guide, that has much information about tertiary study in Australia, including a section– that you must pay to use – that provides ratings on Australian universities. We do not know what these ratings are based on, so we are neutral about recommending them.


Diploma Entry Requirements

Diploma Entry Requirements

Please check the individual institutions' websites and prospectuses for diploma entry requirements.

Entry into diploma level study is usually based on NCEA Level 2 grades, including Level 2 Literacy as opposed to entry into degree level study which is based on NCEA Level 3 grades.  For both diploma and degree level study there are usually English language requirements.  Students can move into diplomas after successfully completing certificate study in a similar area.  Most institutions expect students to be 16 years old at least when the course begins. 

Diploma qualifications traditionally have been used to bridge into degree level study for students without degree entry requirements.  Students can also enter entry level jobs with diploma qualifications.

Diplomas normally require two years of full-time study.  They are usually registered at Level 5 or Level 6.

Some diplomas are called 'National Diplomas or 'New Zealand' Diplomas.  These titles indicate the course material will be the same throughout New Zealand, no matter who is offering the course.

 Please check the individual institutions' websites and prospectuses for diploma entry requirements.

Trade Training and Industry Options

Trade training and industry options include Modern Apprenticeships and other training. It usually involves working in the workplace and earning at the same time. The length of training can vary.

Apprenticeships usually take three to four years. You start on a low hourly rate that increases as you gain skills and become more helpful to your employer.
As well as learning alongside experienced tradespeople, you also do theory. The theory is done by attending regular days, block courses or night classes at a training provider, such as Unitec or Manukau Institute of Technology. With some trades you work at home on units that you then send to the provider for assessment.

The training is designed with industry in mind by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). There are currently 12 ITOs ranging from agriculture and boating to plumbing, tourism and sport. You can contact the ITOs to talk about the type of apprenticeships and traineeships available. However we find some ITOs are much more supportive than others in helping school leavers  find apprenticeships.

If an employer asks you to do a work trial, do it willingly because work trials often lead to employment. However, try and get an agreement on the length of time for the trial. More than 3 months is not fair.

Apprentices qualify with a Level 4 New Zealand Certificate (a modern version of a Trade Certificate) once they have passed all the practical unit standards in the workplace and completed the theoretical unit standards. Because they are earning as they learn, they avoid having a huge student loan to pay back.

If you want help finding a building apprenticeship, register on the BCITO website bcito.org.nz/register/  and 'Create your work profile'.  You will have a better chance of being considered for an apprenticeship, if you are willing to work hard and have at least a restricted driver's licence.  

www.competenz.org.nz/teachers/tools4work/  Check out the Competenz Tools4Work apprenticeship programme.

Click here to learn more about industry and trade training.

Click here for Industry Training Organisation contacts.

Defence Forces and Police

Are you a team player with good analytical skills, great interpersonal communication, and high levels of initiative? If so, you may have what it takes to undertake training for a career in the New Zealand Police, or one of the Defence Forces: Army, Navy or Airforce.

These careers involve shift work in a range of different environments. You also need to be highly disciplined with a strong sense of loyalty and commitment to your team, organisation and country.

New Zealand Police:

New Zealand Police  www.newcops.co.nz are based in towns and communities around New Zealand, as well as in peace keeping forces overseas. After a two year probationary period as a Constable, you can specialise in areas such as the armed offenders squad, cultural liaison, dog handling, dive squad or detective work etc.

New Zealand Defence Forces:

There are dozens of careers to consider within New Zealand Defence Forces. The forces are involved in peacekeeping and civil assistance, and less often in armed combat.

The New Zealand Army includes trades people such as electricians, plumbers and cooks, as well as combat positions such as riflemen, field engineers or gunners.

The Royal New Zealand Navy also has trades people, as well as positions such as navigator, engineer, medic, marine technician, seaman combat specialist and supply officer or weapons engineer.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force  (RNZAF) includes ground crew as well as aircrew. Ground crew work work in areas such as supplies, communication and information systems, and air security. Aircrew roles include parachute jump instructors, pilots and air warfare officers.

New Zealand Scholarships


There are hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships on offer to school leavers throughout New Zealand through individuals, organizations, foundations and tertiary providers. You may be lucky enough to be on the receiving end – but only if you apply.

Tertiary institutions offer scholarships to Year 13 students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Some scholarships take into account the student’s contribution to their communities; others are aimed at students in severe financial need. There are also specific scholarships for Maori and Polynesian students.

Individual organisations also offer scholarships to encourage students to enter their fields, eg accounting, agriculture, law, teaching.

General Scholarship Databases

The following is a list of websites that provide information on scholarships available for tertiary study. This is a comprehensive but not exhaustive list.


givME is a large database of information on scholarships, awards and grants available for tertiary study.  Year 13 students will be emailed a link that will enable them to access the givME scholarship database within school free of charge.  

Tools4Work pre apprenticeship scholarships

Competenz scholarships are available to people interested in doing a pre apprenticeship course in mechanical engineering or plastics technology. Check out this link for more information.

Keystone Trust Student Scholarship

Keystone Trust Scholarships for students interested in entering the property industry – architecture, engineering, quantity surveying, construction, real estate, valuation and property management and who are in financial need.


The UniversitiesNZ  website administers  undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships for the Scholarship Committee of Universities New Zealand.


Scholarships for teacher recruitment. See ‘Scholarship’ link on homepage.

Maori Education Trust

Provide and administer scholarships in education for Maori students www.maorieducation.org.nz


Information on study awards for New Zealand students and international students wanting to study in New Zealand.


Scholarships from Tertiary Institutions

See the links below for specific information and scholarship criteria for tertiary institutions. Often the tertiary institutions link you to other scholarship databases as well.


AUT has a number of scholarships available for secondary school students.  These include the Vice Chancellor's Significant Student Scholarship, the New Horizon's Scholarship for students from Decile 1 - 4 schools and the Kiwa Undergraduate Scholarship for Maori and Pacific students. See the scholarships section on the AUT website for  more information on these scholarships and for other scholarships available for first year study.

Massey University

Various scholarships are available for first year university study.

Manukau Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)

Various scholarships are available for first year tertiary study.

Lincoln University (Christchurch)

Various scholarships are available for first year university study. 

Unitec New Zealand

Study awards for Mt Roskill Grammar students are available for first year tertiary study.  Various other scholarships are available for first year tertiary study as well. Specific scholarships are available for Maori and Polynesian students studying Building.

University of Auckland

Various general and faculty specific scholarships are available as well as Jubilee Awards for students in financial need.

University of Canterbury (Christchurch)

Various general and faculty specific scholarships are available.

University of Otago (Dunedin)

Various entry level scholarships, including a scholarship for Dux of the school, are available for the first year of tertiary study. 

University of Waikato (Hamilton)

Various scholarships, including a large number of school leaver scholarships and ones for sporting excellence at representative level, are available for first year of tertiary study.

Victoria University (Wellington)

Various scholarships, including a large number of school leaver scholarships for academic excellence, are available for first year of tertiary study.

Application Closing Dates for 2018 courses


These are the application closing dates  for 2018.

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