University of Auckland 2021 Entry Requirements for School Leavers

The University of Auckland (University) appreciates the considerable impact that COVID-19 has had on New Zealand secondary school students, especially those in their final year who are making plans to attend university in 2021.

The NZQA has announced an adjustment to the requirements to meet the UE standard for those completing in 2020, in order to take into account, the disruption to studies.

Further to NZQA’s announcement, the University will be putting in measures to support students entering university in 2021. Our offering centres on “Pae tawhiti – student success”. It’s about guided pathways for students – aiming to provide a university pathway for everyone.

To support this, the University will place a stronger emphasis on Year 12 results than in the past. The guaranteed entry score (rank score) that we have used previously will not be required to guarantee a student’s place in a programme.

The 2021 guided pathway entry requirements are summarised below:

For entry in 2021
Early Programme Offers Strong Year 12 results (across completed NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 subjects, or equivalent Cambridge International or IB results) + UE, once achieved.
Early Conditional Offers Year 12 results + UE, once achieved + specific Year 13 requirements (across completed NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 subjects, or equivalent Cambridge International or IB results) where required.

Other requirements may apply which will be specified in the offer letter

Table A and B requirements Removed (suspended for NCEA and Cambridge International) for the 2021 academic year.

A more permanent decision on A & B tables is under consideration.

Discretionary Entrance If UE is not achieved, in certain circumstances, Year 13 students can be considered under Discretionary Entrance for Semester One 2021.
Additional Support


Support for catch-up credits on campus over Summer for those who have not achieved UE.


Additional preparation available through enhanced science and mathematics support drawing on the University’s STEM Online NZ programme, Unibound and Tertiary Foundation Certificate.

Alternatively they can also contact the Student Contact Centre on 0800 61 62 63 or via email to discuss options or make an appointment.The key message for students is – apply early and receive an offer. Offers will provide a clear statement of what students need to achieve this year to secure entry to the University. The university has Academic Advisors on hand to discuss options with students and to plan ahead. Students can book an appointment directly for a discussion with an Academic Advisor:

Students are encouraged to continue to make a full commitment to their Year 13 studies for the remainder of their year so that they are well placed for success at the University of Auckland.