College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

New Zealand

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from New Zealand.

Qualifications we accept 

We accept the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) for entry.

What grades do I need? 

Minimum entry requirements 

University Entrance and NCEA Level 3 with 65 Level 3 credits overall, with Merit endorsement in three subjects.

Competition and selection  

Entry to many of our degree programmes is very competitive. This is because we receive a high number of applications for a limited number of places.  All applicants who submit an on-time, fully complete application (including predicted grades, academic reference, and personal statement) and who meet or are predicted to meet the minimum entry requirements including any required subjects, will be put forward into the selection process.  However, the grades you need to get an offer may be much higher than the minimum requirements grades published above.  

For entry to our most popular subject areas, you may need a perfect or near-perfect score to get an offer. 


Required subjects 

Entry to some of our degrees requires you to have specific subjects in your school qualification.  


Where this is the case, your entry qualifications must: 

  • include the specific subject/s listed for the degree you are applying to, and; 

  • meet, or exceed, the grades specified. 


Required subjects are listed in the entry requirements section of the individual degree programme entries within our degree finder.

Undergraduate degree finder

Where we ask applicants who are taking GCE A levels or GCSEs in specific subjects, we will ask you for comparable subjects at a comparable level in your qualification.  


A level requirements  

A Level subject requirement 

Equivalent requirement 

Subject at A* 

Subject at Excellence in 14 level 3 credits 

Subject at A

Subject at Excellence in 14 level 3 credits 

Subject at B

Subject at Merit in 14 level 3 credits 

Mathematics/English Literature requirements 

Where a subject requires Mathematics or English Literature at A level, please contact us for more information about which modules we can accept in your qualification.

English Language 

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of English language competency, regardless of their nationality or country of residence. If you require a Student route visa to study in the UK, the English qualification that you use for admission to an undergraduate degree must be included in our list of accepted qualifications, unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). 

English Language entry requirements 

Other qualifications 

If you have taken the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or GCE A levels, please look at the degree finder for our minimum entry requirements. 

If you have taken a qualification that is not listed, or have any other queries, please contact us for further information


Undergraduate admissions contact details

Update to entry requirements webpages 

We updated these webpages on 20 October 2022 to make them clearer to understand. There may have been changes since the last time you checked them, however, all entry requirements for 2023 entry are set at the same level as previously published.