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VUW 2021 Entry Requirements

Changes to admission requirements for 2021

We recognise that students have faced significant challenges in their study this year and we want to ensure that they are not unfairly disadvantaged in being able to access their future educational opportunities. As such, the admission requirements have been temporarily changed for students completing Year 13 in 2020.
Guaranteed Entry Score
Our University has removed guaranteed entry score requirements for students wanting to study at the University in 2021. This means any student who successfully completes New Zealand University Entrance (UE) in 2020 will be guaranteed entry to undergraduate study if they apply.


The University will be working closely with secondary schools this year to ensure students and teachers know what the University requirements are and there are no barriers to entry despite the disruptions.

NCEA University Entrance
As you may be aware, students who are completing NCEA University Entrance in 2020 now need to achieve 12 credits in each of three approved subjects, instead of 14 credits. The other requirements for NCEA University Entrance, such as the NCEA Level 3 certificate, numeracy and literacy credits remain the same.


We have also prepared a document for your reference which states the NCEA standards required for certain courses at our University. Please note that these are not required for admission to a particular programme; we still offer our introductory courses for these subjects too.

Discretionary Entrance
The regulations for Discretionary Entrance have been temporarily changed for students applying to study in 2021. Students who have missed out on achieving University Entrance from Year 13 in 2020 may now apply to study under Discretionary Entrance, starting in the first trimester 2021.