One of the best ways to find out more information about studying at a New Zealand university is to attend the information sessions held at the college. In Term 1 each university will visit and run a presentation about the courses they offer and what sets them apart from other universities.
They will tell students all about the application process as well as scholarships and other opportunities.

To find out more see the events page on Careers Central, visit the Careers Calendar, check the posters in your form room or visit T Block.

University Entrance - “What do I need to study at University?”

NZQA UE Requirements You can find details of University Entrance requirements here including minimum requirements and approved subjects for university and literacy requirements. Some universities or courses have specific requirements or recommendations. Students are advised to check the course requirements before applying for a course and preferably as soon as you have made the decision to study toward a certain profession.
For more information make sure you attend the University presentations and/or see a Careers Adviser in T block.

Choosing a course - “What should I study?”

No Major Drama is a tool to help you sort through all the different options and the pros and cons of each.

New Zealand Universities

Subject requirements for university
These vary from university to university and it is important to check these out as early as possible. You don’t want to find out at the start of year 13 that you need to take physics when you did not take it at year 12! See the links below for recommended and required subjects for each university.
Victoria University - Recommended School Subjects
Victoria University - Entrance criteria
University of Auckland - Subject Guide
University of Auckland - Rank score guidelines
Auckland University of Technology - entry requirements
University of Waikato - Criteria for Admission
Massey University - Recommended subjects
University of Canterbury - Subject guide
University of Canterbury - recommended subjects
Lincoln University
University of Otago - required and recommended subjects

University Accommodation/Halls of Residence

Applications for accommodation
for most universities open on 1st August. There is a generic form available for students to complete that applies to all New Zealand Universities
See specific universities to confirm dates and processes.
Common Confidential Reference, due 15th September
Your Deans will advise you of the process for requesting a CCR (Common Confidential Reference) around the middle of the year.

other options

Below are just some of the options for further study once you leave school.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary education providers. We offer a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life. Guided by Māori principles and values, we take great pride in this nurturing and inclusive learning environment, as well as the depth and diversity of our courses in small business, computing, social work, teaching, Māori arts and te reo Māori.

Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari, New Zealand’s leading specialist tertiary education provider for the performing arts. Courses in Acting, Design, Management, Costume, Set and props, Ruku Ao.


Youbee Digital Design is an exciting, rapidly changing industry. Whether you’re looking for full-time study or looking to upskill in your current profession - our hands-on, targeted courses and degrees will get you where you want to go. Taught by designers, for designers, using the latest industry standard equipment, Yoobee will even help you get a great job.


BCITO is the largest provider of construction trade apprenticeships in New Zealand. Click here to get started.

Primary ITO

Primary ITO offers apprenticeships, qualifications and short courses to over thirty of New Zealand’s primary industries. Click here to find out more about course options.

Service IQ

Service IQ is the industry training organisation for the aviation, hospitality, retail, travel, tourism and museums sectors.


Careerforce is the industry training organisation for New Zealand’s health and wellbeing sectors.


Competenz has career opportunities and apprenticeships across 36 industries, from engineering to print and signmaking, to butchery and bakery!


Connexis is the industry training organisation for New Zealand’s infrastructure industries.


MITO provides on-the-job training for an array of jobs in the manufacturing and technology industries.


At HITO we believe that young people are the future of the barbering, beauty and hairdressing industry.


Skills offer training in specialist trades ike plumbing, electrical, roofing, crane operation and more.


ETCO is  New Zealand’s leading provider of electrical apprenticeships and training. We provide employment by placing apprentices with electrical companies and contractors through our group apprenticeship scheme.

Got a trade got it made

Keen on a trade? Not sure what is the right trade for you? Find out more at Got a Trade got it made

Money hub

  1. Scholarships - the ultimate free, easy-to-use and mobile-friendly list of scholarships for 2019's Year 13 students
  2. What to Study - our flagship new resource, put together with the help of careers advisors around the country.
  3. Student Loans - our guide to making it clear exactly how student loans work, all on one page - were assisted by the IRD to offer students a seamless resource.
  4. Student Money Tips - students can be financially robust, and our guide offers 20+ tips to help



Every year a range of scholarships are offered along with grants, internships and mentoring programmes. You may be surprised at what is out there that you can apply for- if in doubt give it a go. Have a look at the links below and talk to one of your Deans or a Careers Adviser if you have any questions or require assistance.

Study Spy
Compare courses and scholarships in NZ

Money Hub Scholarship Guide
This page provides a complete list of all scholarships available to 2019 Year 13 students who are intending to study in 2020. Updated regularly.

Careers NZ Scholarship Guide
Find out about different types of scholarships, grants and awards.

Maori Education Scholarships

First Foundation
Foundation Steps: Two year mentoring programme. The purpose of the programme is to identify and provide targeted support for students in making a successful transition from secondary school and into tertiary education.

IPENZ Engineering
Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Russell McVeagh
Russell McVeagh was the first law firm to recognise student talent and achievement through a dedicated scholarship programme.

If you’ve got a passion or a dream you want to turn into a reality, an AMP Scholarship could help you get there.

Sir Edmund Hillary
If you have leadership capabilities, excel academically, and have achieved in a sport or creative and performing art, the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme could be for you.  A Waikato University scholarship.

Sport New Zealand
Search a variety of sports related scholarships

University Scholarships
Victoria University of Wellington
University of Auckland
Auckland University of Technology
University of Waikato
Massey University
University of Canterbury
Lincoln University
University of Otago