University Entrance

All of the following need to be obtained to qualify for entrance to any university in New Zealand:

 Students must gain NCEA Level 3 plus:

Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.

  • 14 credits in each of 3 University approved subjects
  • UE Literacy – made up of:
    5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing (Note: changes are due to these requirements from 2020)
  • Numeracy – 10 numeracy credits, made up of:
    Achievement standards (Level 1) or 3 unit standards (all of 26623, 26626 and 26627)

The lists of specified Reading and Writing standards can be accessed above. This is very important. Many of you will gain the literacy credits in Year 12 English. If you do not, you need to ensure that you achieve them in Year 13 where they are available in a range of subjects. If you have any doubts about this, discuss your literacy credits with the careers advisors.

The requirements for University Entrance may not be sufficient for acceptance into a particular course. Check out the requirements online, talk to the University liaison staff or the school careers advisors to make sure that you know what is required for your course. This can also vary between Universities. For restricted entry courses your best chance of being accepted is to ensure you have as many Excellence and Merit grades as possible in your best 80 credits.

Approved subjects offered at WGHS for U.E. are:



Business Studies (Enterprise)


Classical Studies



Design (Practical Art)  

Design and Visual Communication   

Digital Technologies (Creative Digital Technologies)


Earth and Space Science 




Food and Nutrition                        


Health Education


History of Art


Media Studies


Paining (Practical Art) 

Photography (Practical Art)

Physical Education (also included Outdoor Education)


Science (Environmental Biology)



Technology (Product and Design)

Te Reo Maori

Check the NZQA website here to see that standards you achieve do belong to these approved subjects.  Courses that are university approved are shown in the relevant Year 13 subjects. If in doubt about your course - CHECK.  From the course selection tool, you will be able to see how you will gain 14 credits from these subjects along with NCEA Level 3 for University Entrance.