Admission to undergraduate degrees
University entrance does not guarantee admission to a specific programme of study.
For more information on specific programme requirements please see the AUT University Calendar.
Please note: that AUT University, like all other New Zealand universities is required to manage enrolments. This is because of policies to restrict the number of funded places available for domestic students in tertiary education.
An applicant may be granted university entrance under 1 of the following categories:
- NCEA Level 3
- Discretionary entrance
- Admission at entrance level (ad eundem statum)
- Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) if taught in a NZ secondary school. (Domestic students who study CIE in another country may be eligible for this admission on the basis of their qualification gained upon leaving school. Such students should seek advice from the university because requirements can vary.)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)
- Special Admission
The following summary information is given as a guide only.
The University’s full admission regulations for undergraduate degrees can be found in the AUT University Calendar under the "General Academic Regulations" section.
|NUMERACY||A minimum of 14 credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the National Qualifications Framework||A minimum of grade D in IGCSE* Mathematics |
(NB: any mathematics taken at AS level will also satisfy the numeracy requirement)
|Group 5 any option|
|LITERACY||A minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori: |
4 credits must be in Reading and
4 credits must be in Writing.
The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.
|A minimum grade of E in AS English Language, AS Language and Literature in English or AS Literature in English||English as Group 1 option|
|GENERAL SUBJECTS||A minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework including: ||A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff** including: ||The diploma must have been completed (24 points minimum) before admission at entrance level may be granted|
** UCAS = (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services for the UK) Tariff - System which converts AS and A Level grades into points.
NCEA approved subjects
See a full list of NCEA approved subjects on the NZQA website
If you sat Bursary rather than NCEA you will need to hold one of the following:
- An A or B Bursary
- 3 C passes in Bursary and Higher School Certificate
- Higher School Certificate and a minimum of 13 credits in three different subjects at Level 3 or above on the NQF
- University Entrance (UE) prior to 1986
- 4 D passes or better in Bursary prior to 1993
Discretionary entrance is based on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 2 (or equivalent). It is available to applicants who have attained a high level of achievement in year 12 who wish to undertake university study.
To be considered for discretionary entrance, applicants must be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident, over the age of 16 years and under the age of 20. Australian applicants' most recent schooling must have been in New Zealand. Discretionary entrance is not available to international students.
Applicants must have completed secondary schooling to at least New Zealand year 12 level (or its equivalent overseas) Students who have undertaken year 13 study beyond 1 June in any year are ineligible to apply in the same year but may be considered for mid-year admission in the following year.
An applicant will:
- By the end of year 12 have completed four subjects at level 2 of the NCEA (or its equivalent), each with a minimum of 14 credits and a grade average of at least 60 and include some merit and/or excellence credits, and
- Have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for university entrance (or their equivalents), and
- Obtain a recommendation from your school principal or other suitable person, and
- Be required to attend, if necessary, an interview with a programme advisor for the relevant programme of study.
All applicants for discretionary entrance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please note:there is a non-refundable assessment fee.
Please refer to the AUT University Calendar for more information about discretionary entrance
Admission at entrance level (ad eundem statum)
An applicant will be considered for ad eundem statum admission if they:
- Have successfully completed a recognised foundation programme, or other recognised tertiary qualification/ study of at least 120 points (in one course of study) at level 3 or above
- Have qualifications from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution deemed by the university to be sufficient for entry into an undergraduate degree programme
If you do not hold a university entrance qualification, but you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident and have attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which the programme commences, you may apply for special admission. Please note: Decisions are pending regarding admission to AUT University for those who are over 20 years with no university entrance qualification.
English language requirementsApplicants for whom English or Māori is not their first language are required to provide proof of an acceptable pass/grade gained in an accepted English language test.
For more details, please refer to our English language requirements
If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia, or a citizen of the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau Islands, then you need to contact the international student centre for information regarding studying at AUT. Phone: +649 921 9637
Fax: +649 921 9925