Faculty of Arts
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Find out entry requirements for Faculty of Arts undergraduate programmes in 2013 based on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.
The following information applies to New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents. International students should refer to our page on admission for international students.
You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand universities in 2013 if you have obtained:
- a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from the approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects
- a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the National Qualifications Framework
- 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. These literacy credits are to be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.
To be admitted to The University of Auckland you must gain the University Entrance Standard and be selected into a programme.
There are no specific NCEA subjects required for admission to Faculty of Arts undergraduate programmes (unless you are considered for admission under the Faculty of Arts Targeted Admission Scheme- then the subjects you have taken for NCEA or CIE will be taken into account. For further information visit the Faculty of Arts Targeted Admission Scheme page.)
However, you should take subjects which will prepare you for the academic environment you will encounter at university.
We strongly recommend that you choose all your NCEA Level 3 subjects from the following list of NZQA approved subjects for University Entrance.
|Cook Islands Maori||Latin|
|History||Te Reo Rangatira or Te Reo Mäori|
|History of Art||
You must meet the admission requirements for your programme(s) of study. In addition to achieving university entrance, some of The University of Auckland's undergraduate programmes require you to have taken specific subjects and gained minimum credits in certain subjects. Some programmes have other requirements such as a portfolio, audition and/or interview.
To see the rank scores which are required for guaranteed entry in 2013, specific subject requirements and any other requirements you need for admission and selection into undergraduate programmes, see the table under Guaranteed Admissions Scores.
For programmes that refer to Table A and/or Table B, use the table below.
|Table A||Table B|
Te Reo Mäori
2013 Faculty of Arts undergraduate admission requirements for school leavers who have achieved University Entrance.
The following table indicates the rank score that will gain you admission to your programme.
|Programme||NCEA Level 3||CIE (taken in NZ)||IB||Additional Requirements|
|Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Theology (BTheol)
|BA/BCom||210 with a minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B||210 with three subjects from Table A and/or Table B||29||Nil|
|BA/BE(Hons)||270 with a minimum of 18 credits in each of Maths with Calculus, and Physics||300 with Mathematics and Physics at A levels (AS Mathematics and Physics may be accepted based on level of grade achieved).||33*||Nil
* With Mathematics and Physics at HL level (SL Mathematics and Physics may be accepted based on level of grade achieved).
|BA/BFA||210||210||29||Portfolio. An interview may be required.|
|BA/BHSc||225 with a minimum of 18 credits in one subject from Table A and minimum 18 credits in one subject from Table B||240 with one subject from Table A and one subject from Table B*||30||Nil
*A Level in one subject from Table B preferred
|BA/LLB (Part I)||210||210||29||Students will be selected into LLB Part II on the basis of their results in Part I.|
CV and Music certificates Referees report.
Classical Performance, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors an audition is required in addition.
Composition major: a portfolio of 2 or 3 works is required in addition.
You will be allocated a rank score based on your best 80 credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of five approved subjects, weighted by the level of achievement attained in each set of credits.
If you achieve fewer than 80 credits, the rank score will be based on those credits you have gained at Level 3 over a maximum of five approved subjects and weighted by the level of achievement.
- The rank score will be calculated by awarding the following points for up to 24 credits in each approved subject taken at Level 3. The maximum rank score is 320.
Credits obtained in any required subjects do not have to be among the best 80 credits used for ranking purposes.
- NCEA Level 3 credits achieved in previous years may be counted towards the 80 best credits used for ranking purposes.
- Level 3 subject requirements for a specific programme may be met in Year 12.
- You are strongly encouraged to take achievement standards as preparation for university study.
|Example of how a rank score for NCEA Level 3 is calculated|
|Subject||Standard type||Results||Calculate||Rank score|
|6 x 4 points
6 x 3 points
12* x 2 points
|8 x 4 points
10 x 2 points
|Physics||Achievement||24 Merit||24 x 3 points||72|
|Mathematics with Calculus||Achievement||4 Excellence
|4 x 4 points
3 x 3 points
|Statistics and Modelling||Achievement||7 Merit
|7 x 3 points||21|
*Maximum 24 credits per subject. Any points above this limit are
**Not included as only best 80 credits used in calculation of rank score.
***Only five subjects are included in the calculation.
If you do not achieve the guaranteed admission score, you may still be able to be admitted to a Faculty of Arts undergraduate progamme.