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PLANNING AHEAD – CHOOSING YOUR SUBJECTS FOR UNIVERSITY

Victoria (Vic), AUT, Unitec, Otago, Massey and Auckland University (UofAk) are only included in this guide.  We recommend that you verify information on the institution’s websites and look at other universities which offer comparable courses.

CAREERS

QUALIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDED SUBJECTS

UNIVERSITY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Architecture

Degree (3+2 years)

Auckland University

Victoria University

Unitec

Level 3 English, Calculus, Physics and Creative Arts* subjects leading to a portfolio.

UofAk: Academic merit, portfolio, 16 Level 3 Table A* credits, 16 Level 3 Table B* credits + Interview.

   

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Arts/Humanities

Degree (3 years)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Most Universities

English, Classics, Art History, Music, History, Geography, Languages, Philosophy, Economics or Social Studies, Media Studies all useful background subjects.

Statistics useful for Social Sciences: Politics, Psychology, Sociology etc.

UofAk: **GES 140

Business/Commerce

Degree (3 years)

Most Universities

Unitec

 

 

 

 

Level 3 Mathematics with Calculus or Statistics

Accounting and Economics desirable but not compulsory.

UofAk: **GES 165, 16 Level 3 credits in Table A and/or B (3 subjects)

Computing/IT

Degree (3 years)

Bachelor of Computer Science

Most Universities

 

Diploma

Polytechnics

Level 3 Mathematics with Calculus or Statistics (Physics useful)

UofAk: **GES 150 – 239 depending on major chosen.

 

Level 2 Mathematics, English

Dental Technology

 

Degree (3 years)

Otago

14 credits L3 Chem +L2 Physics or equivalent. Bio Maths L2 useful.

Oral Health

Degree (3 years)

Otago

AUT

Biology, English

AUT: Biology, English and PE

Dentistry

Degree (5 years)

Otago

Level 3 Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and a English rich subject

Engineering

Degree (4 years)

Auckland University

Canterbury University

AUT Unitec

Waikato University

Victoria University

Massey University

Level 3 Maths with Calculus, Physics, (Chemistry recommended Canterbury and Massey)

UofAk: **GES 240, 18 Level 3 credits in Calculus and 18 Level 3 credits in Physics

Canterbury Univ: require Chemistry as well

Fine Arts

Art and Design

(Various programmes)

 

Degree (3-4 years)

Auckland University

Massey University

AUT   MIT   Unitec

Canterbury University

Victoria University

Level 3 Creative Arts*  subjects. Portfolio likely to be required.

UofAk: UE + Selected on basis of Portfolio work and interview likely.

Food Science Nutrition

Degree (3 years)

AUT

Massey University

Otago University

Auckland University

Level 3 Biology, Chemistry, Stats, English rich subjects.

Massey Univ: Y13 Chemistry, Biology, Maths required

Food Technology (Hons)

Degree (4 years)

Massey University

Level 3, Stats, Physics, Chemistry

Massey Univ: 16 L3 credits Physics, 16 L3 credits Calculus

*Creative Arts subjects leading to a portfolio & include Photography, Design and Visual Communication (Graphics), Painting, Art Design, Printmaking and Media studies.

 

CAREERS

QUALIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDED SUBJECTS

UNIVERSITY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Hospitality -Management & Tourism

Degree (3 years)

AUT and other tertiary institutes

UE in any subjects.  Tourism and Food Tech useful.

Ditto from previous page

Journalism/Media/

Communications

Degree (3 years)

AUT (Communication)

Massey Uni  Unitec

NZ School of Broadcasting

Minimum 60 L3 credits over 4 subjects.  Min 18 L3 credits merits and excellences in Eng, History, Geography, Classics, Art History or Media studies.   Experience in drama, sports and community related activities

Law

Degree (4 years)

Most Universities

Level 3 English and related subjects e.g. History, Classics, Geography, Economics.  Law requires v good language skills

AUT: 60 Level 3 credits over 4 approved subjects including 18 credits at Merit/Exc in Classical Studies, Geography, History or Te Reo Maori

Medical Laboratory Science**

Degree (4 years)

AUT

Otago University (see BHSc)

Massey University

Level 3 Biology, Chemistry, Maths

AUT: 14 Level 3 credits in each of Biology, Chemistry, Statistics

Medical Imaging**

Degree (3 years)

Unitec

UE, 12 Level 3 credits in each of Maths, English and one Science  First Aid Cert (Health)

Medical Radiation Therapy

Degree (3 years)

Otago University (taught at Wellington)

Level 3 Physics or Biology, Maths (Calc or Stats) and English rich subject. First Aid Cert(Health)

Health Science (2nd year Medicine)

Degree (6 years)

Otago University

Auckland University

 

Otago Level 3 Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, English rich recommended

UofA GES 210 with min 18 credits in one from Table A and one from Table B

Music

Degree (3 years)

Programmes vary with different Tertiary institutes

Level 2 & 3 Music GES 140 for Composition at UofA

Academic as well as performance skills required.

UE + audition

Nursing**

Degree (3 years)

Auckland University

AUT

Unitec (check websites)

MIT and other Polytechs

UofAk: **GES 200, 16 Level 3 credits Table A, 16 Level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry or Physics

AUT 14 Credits L3 Maths and a Science, 14 level 2 English, 14 credits L3 language rich subject.

Optometry

Degree (5 years total)

Auckland University

UofAuck BSc Biomedical Science Intermediate year. (GES 239) One English rich, Maths and Sciences.

Performing Arts

Auckland Bachelor of Dance Studies

AUT Bachelor of Dance

Unitec Bachelor of Perf’ming  & Screen Arts

a. (Contemporary Dance)

b. (Acting)

c. (Directing & Writing)

c. (Screen Arts)

Dip/Cert Performance Tech

UofA: Dance -UE, CV interview, audition may be required. L2,3 Dance recommended.

AUT: L2,3 Drama **UE, CV, audition likely

 

Unitec: L2,3 Drama Interview/audition and

  1. UE, medical
  2. UE, medical
  3. UE, medical
  4. min 7 credits L3 Eng rich subject

 

L3 Performing Arts Technology

Pharmacy

Degree (4 years + 1 year internship)

Auckland University

Otago Uni (BHSc 1st year)

Level 3 Biology, Chemistry

Maths, Physics +English rich useful

UofAk: **GES 220, 18 Level 3 credits in Biology and Chemistry

Physical Education

Degree (4 years)

AUT   Unitec

Auckland (sec teaching)

Otago University

UofA GES 140

Otago L3  Biology, English, PE (Chem and Physics may help)

AUT: 14 Level 3 credits in Health or PE or Maths or a Science

**Reference checks and police clearance may be required.

 

CAREERS

QUALIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDED SUBJECTS

UNIVERSITY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Physiotherapy**

Degree (4 years)

AUT

Otago University (BHSc)

Otago -Level 3 Biology, Chemistry &  Physics + English rich Min 56 L3 credits in 3 approved subjects.

AUT: UE, Min 56 Level 3 credits in 3 approved subjects

Entry to University in 2012 will require applicants to:

  1. Achieve University Entrance
  2. Achieve the Guaranteed Entry Score
  3. Fulfil any other degree-specific requirements
    e.g. Architecture: Portfolio
    Fine Arts: Portfolio, interview
    Engineering: credits in Physics and Calculus
    Music: Audition

 

University Entrance (through NCEA):

14    Level 3 credits  approved subject
14    Level 3 credits  approved subject
14    Level 3 credits
                        approved/non-approved
                      (may combine 2 subjects)
  8    Level 2 credits  English
                              (4 reading/4 writing)
14    Level 1 credits  Maths

 

A list of approved subjects is available at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects-for-university-entrance

 

Guaranteed Entry Score (GES) / Rank Score

(Currently used by Auckland Univ, Massey Univ, Victoria Univ, Otago Univ)

  • Calculated on your 80 best credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher over a maximum of five approved subjects
  • Award 4 points for each Excellence credit
  • Award 3 points for each Merit credit
  • Award 2 points for each Achieved credit

A maximum of 24 credits in each subject may be counted

Credits obtained in any required subjects do not have to be among the best 80 credits required for ranking purposes

See example on back page

 

*Table A & Table B Subjects

(Auckland University only

 – refer to back page)

 

Recommendation:

You are advised to take approved subjects and achievement standards wherever possible in your school programme both for entrance purposes and as the best preparation for university study

 

Planning

Degree (4 years)

Auckland University

Level 3 Geography useful

UofAk: **GES 230

Science

Degree (3 years)

All universities (check websites)

Level 3 Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, geography… (varies with type of Science degree)

UofAk: **GES 150 -239 (refer to website)

Social Work**

Degree (4 years)

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Massey University

Auckland University

Canterbury University

Otago University

Level 3 Arts or Social Science subjects

UofAk: **GES 140

Interview likely

Referees reports.

Massey: UE

Speech and Language Therapy

Degree (4 years)

Massey University

Canterbury University (check website)

Massey Univ: 14 Level 3 credits in English, 16 Level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Science or Maths

Sport & Exercise **

Sports & Recreation or Sport & Leisure

BSc - Sports Science (Auck)

 

Degree level programmes

AUT   Auckland University

 (Science degree)

Canterbury University

Massey University

Waikato University

Otago University (Sports & Exercise Nutrition BAppSc) PE above)

AUT: 14 Level3 credits from one of Health, PE, Maths or Sciences.

Interview may be required.

UofAk: **GES 190 Level 3

Otago Uni: L2 Bio, Chem, Maths, Eng, L3 Chemistry

Surveying

 

 

 

Quantity Surveying

SurveyingDegree (4 years)

Otago University

Unitec

 

 

 

Otago; Level 3 Maths with Statistics, Calculus, Physics, Geography, English

Unitec 36 credits at L2 from 12 credits from algebra, trig or geometry or have min 12 NCEA L2 credits in Maths and science

Quantity Surveying

Massey (3 year)

Unitec (2 year)

Massey -

UE, L3 Maths and Physics

Unitec – Dip Surveying 35 L2 credits in 3 subjects +min 12 credits in comb algebra and trig.

Education /Teaching**

Degree (3-4 years)

Check websites

Level 3 English and approved subjects. Interview and referee reports.

UofAk: **GES 140 + interview

Veterinary Science

Degree (5 years)

Massey University (Vet Sci Intermediate)

Massey Univ: 14 Level 3 Credits in each of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Stats and one Eng rich

Veterinary Technology

Massey (3 years)

L3 Chem, Bio and a Maths (Calc or Stats)

Vet Nursing and

Bachelor Animal Management & Welfare (3 years)

Diploma (2 years)

Unitec

Unitec: Dip in Vet Nursing – 60 Level 2 credits in best 4 subjects.

Level 3 Maths, Biology, English

UE for Animal Welfare degree

Bachelor of Aviation

 

Massey (Manawatu)

L3 Physics and Calculus, English, Navigation, Class 1 Medical Cert, aptitude, simulator assessment, interview, written tasks.

 

 

Additional Notes

Trades for Unitec - Plumbing L2 English required.  L2 Maths and Physics are both recommended.

Unitec have a wide range of Certificates, Diplomas and degrees in Automotive Technology, Building Technology, Construction, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, furniture and Cabinet-making, Plumbing and gas-fitting, Welding and fabrication.

Other careers not included on this list include podiatry, osteopathy, occupational therapy, health promotion, psychology, theology, paramedic, midwifery, marine sciences/surveying.

MIT has these and other trades including marine engineering.

Health Careers –Health workers and educators, therapists and health areas.

Technology Careers – designer, technologist, all trades, technical jobs, people who work with materials (wood, clothing and textiles, metal) etc.

It is important to note that not all jobs require a bachelor’s degrees and students should feel encouraged to look at the option of studying for a two year diploma or one year certificate course.  In some cases, a diploma may lead to a reasonable job or even further study towards a degree (at Unitec).


GUARANTEED ENTRY SCORE (GES)

How to calculate the NCEA rank score:

  • Students’ rank score will be based on their 80 best credits in University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3 or higher.
  • All Level 3 or higher approved subjects can be counted.
  • A maximum of 24 credits in each subject may be counted.
  • You can count both achievement standards and unit standards.
  • You can use credits from up to a maximum of five approved subjects.
  • If students achieve fewer than 80 credits at Level 3 or higher the GES will be based on those credits they have achieved.

The rank score will be calculated by awarding points as follows:

Excellence

4 points

Merit

3 points

Achieved

2 points

Note: Students will need to count up all their Excellence and Merit credits first, then count as many Achieved credits as they need up to a maximum of 80 credits.  In the example below, the student can only count  42 of their Achieved credits.

An example of a rank score for a student studying for NCEA

Approved subject

(best 24 credits per subject – 5 approved subjects)

Excellence credits

Merit credits

Achieved credits

 

English

  8

  6

  6

 

History

 -

  6

10

 

Statistics and Modelling

  4

  4

16

 

Geography

 -

10

10

 

French

 -

 -

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subtotals

12

26

66

 

Best 80 credits

12

26

42

Rank Score

Calculate points

48 pts (12 x 4)

78 pts (26 x 3)

84 pts (42 x 2)

210 pts

 

TABLE A and TABLE B SUBJECTS (Auckland University Only)

Table A

Table B

Classical Studies

English

Geography

History

Te Reo Maori OR Te Reo Rangatira

Accounting

Biology

Chemistry

Economics

Mathematics with Calculus

Statistics and Modelling

Physics

 

While the information contained within this document has been checked, we cannot guarantee that it is correct, complete, or up-to-date.  Courses and entry requirements change and we recommend you check the relevant website for the most current information:

http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/                              http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/

http://www.massey.ac.nz/                                       http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/

http://www.waikato.ac.nz/                                      http://www.otago.ac.nz/

 

 

 

 
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