Study at University - Akoranga I Te Whare Wānanga

Going to university can give you the skills and experience you need to take your future career in any direction you choose. 

University is not for everyone, but if you choose to go, you'll be given the chance to study the subject you love and experience student life to the full. 

You don’t have to go to university with a specific career path in mind but having a degree may enhance your employment prospects and increase your earning potential.

You will need University Entrance to study at a New Zealand university.

University Entrance, as awarded by NZQA, requires NCEA Level 3 including:

  • 14 credits in each of three Approved Subjects – see the list of Approved Subjects.
  • 10 Level 2 Literacy credits comprising five Reading and five Writing credits. 
  • Standards that contribute to UE Literacy are shown in the tables of senior course assessments.
  • 10 Level 1 Numeracy credits

Note: This describes the general University Entrance awarded by NZQA. Once you have met the requirements for University Entrance it will appear on your Record of Achievement.

Some universities may have more stringent requirements and many university courses throughout NZ have specific subject-related requirements for entry. If you have a particular university qualification in mind, make sure you are aware of these requirements well ahead of your Year 13 year.

In general, you need to perform well above the requirements of University Entrance in Year 13 to be successful at university.

For further information about University entry requirements, visit the Careers and Transition Faculty. You can also visit this website.

Approved University Entrance Subjects

These are the approved University Entrance subjects taught at Marlborough Boys’ College.

Accounting ACC3
Agriculture & Horticulture AGH3
Biology BIO3
Mathematics for Calculus CAL3
Chemistry CHE3
Classical Studies CLS3
Design & Graphics DGR3
Digital Technology DTY3
Economics ECO3
English ENG3
Geography GEO3
History HIS3
Media Studies MED3
Music MUS3
Physics PHY3
Mathematics for Statistics STA3
Te Reo Rangatira
Te Reo Māori MAO3
Materials Technology TEC3
Design DES3
Painting PTG3
Photography PHT3
Physical Education PED3