The 2016 Subject Guide for School Students shows the Year 13 school subjects which can be useful preparation for University of Auckland degree programmes. It is important to differentiate between required subjects – those that are needed to gain entry to a degree, and preparation subjects – those that are useful but not required to gain entry to a degree.

AUT required and recommended subjects.

This site recommends the school subjects needed for major subjects at the University of Canterbury. For all subjects and qualifications, students need to be competent in the use and understanding of written and spoken English. Subjects such as English, Classics, History, Geography and Economics are useful in learning these key skills.

Massey University recommended background and essential subjects.

This link lists the major subjects offered by the University of Otago, and the recommended school subjects which students should take to prepare themselves for their tertiary studies.

UNITEC has a wide range of programmes.

A guide to school subjects which are useful preparation for undergraduate degrees at Victoria University Wellington.

Waikato University recommendations.


Every endeavour has been made to ensure the information is correct and it is very important for students to check current entry requirements from the websites, Student Guide or prospectus of the particular tertiary institution.

To view the key for subject requirements please click here.

International students currently in the New Zealand secondary school system must note the requirements for University Entrance.  They cannot substitute IELTS or TOEFL for the Literary NCEA Level 2/AS requirement.  They must also carefully check the particular university's academic requirements as some have higher credit levels/UCAS score for entry.