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Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements

Standard, Fast-track, Accelerated Foundation Studies

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Australia

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 55%
  • Fast-track: 60% OR ATAR 50
  • Accelerated: ATAR 50 OR greater/ other Australian States maximum 60%/Year 11 – 80%
Bangladesh

Qualification: HSC

  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 70%
Bhutan

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%

Qualification: Year 12

  • Standard: 50%
  • Fast-track: 55%
Brazil

Qualification: Certificate de Ensino Medio
-GPA 5.0-GPA 5.0Satisfactory completion-GPA 5.0

  • Standard: GPA 6.5
  • Fast-track: GPA 67
  • Accelerated: GPA 7.5
Cambodia

Qualification: Diploma of Upper Secondary Education

  • Standard: C
  • Fast-track: B
Canada

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 70%
  • Fast-track: 80%
  • Accelerated: Canadian High School Diplomas (excluding Quebec) Year 12: 50 or greater/ Canadian High School (excluding Quebec) Year 11 85%
Chile

Qualification: Chilean Higher Secondary Schooling (Licencia de Educacion Media)

  • Standard: 5
  • Fast-track: 5.5
China

Qualification: Senior High School

  • Standard: Senior 1 and Term 1 of Senior 2-85%* ; Senior Year 2 75% or Senior Year 3-60%
  • Fast-track: Senior Year 2-80% or Senior Year 3-65%
  • Accelerated: Senior Year 3-75% in 4 subjects OR Chinese National College Entrance Examinations (Gaokao) – 50 or greater
Note that GPA will be based on the average of all subjects for the study period of high school
China

Qualification: Vocational School

  • Standard: Year 3 – with relevant subjects – >75 percent
  • Fast-track: Year 3 – with relevant subjects – >80 percent
Note that GPA will be based on the average of all subjects for the study period of high school
Colombia

Qualification: Bachillerator

  • Standard: 7
  • Fast-track: 7.5
Ecuador

Qualification: Bachillerator

  • Standard: 15
  • Fast-track: 16
Ethiopia

Qualification: Ethiopian General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (EGSECE)

  • Standard: Grade C
  • Fast-track: Grade B
  • Accelerated: Grade A
Fiji

Qualification: Year 12

  • Standard: Top 4 aggregate 200
  • Fast-track: Top 4 aggregate 220

 

Qualification: Year 13

  • Accelerated: Top 4 aggregate 220

Hong Kong

 

Qualification: Form 5

  • Standard: 4 passes
  • Fast-track: 5 passes
  • Accelerated: 4Bs or 4×70% or 4x3s higher to form 5
(recognition from any combination of Core and Category A and C electives but excluding Category B (Applied Learning) subjects)

Hong Kong

 

Qualification: HKDSE

  • Standard: 2,2,2
  • Fast-track: 2,2,3
  • Accelerated: 2,3,3
(recognition from any combination of Core and Category A and C electives but excluding Category B (Applied Learning) subjects)
India

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 70%
  • Fast-track: 80%
  • Accelerated: 85% or higher #
India

Qualification: HSC

  • Fast-track: 55%
  • Accelerated: India School Certificate or All India Senior School Certificate (10+2): at least 55 ##
  • Accelerated:  Higher Secondary Examation Grade 12:  60 or greater #
Indonesia

Qualification: SMA2 (Private school)

  • Standard: 7 (70%), average of 4 subjects
  • Fast-track: 7.5(75%), average of 4 subjects – require national exam certificate
  • Accelerated: SMA2: an overall average of 8.5/85% or higher from 4 relevant subjects
Indonesia

Qualification: SMA2 (Government school)

  • Standard: 7.5
  • Fast-track: 8.0 (80%), average of 4 subjects – require national exam certificate
  • Accelerated: SMA3: an overall average of 6.0/60% or higher from 4 relevant subjects
Iran

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 16/20
  • Fast-track: 18/20
Japan

Qualification: Kotogakko/ Upper secondary School Certificate – Year 2

  • Standard: Grade 3 average in academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Grade 3.5 average in academic subjects
  • Accelerated: Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Year 3 with superior grades in academic subjects, Kotogakko 2 As and 1B/ Upper Secondary School Year 2 with superior grades in academic subjects -Grade 4 average in academic subjects.
Japan

Qualification: Upper Secondary School Equivalency Exam (The Ministry of Education)

  • Standard: Certificate of Success with 2 B grades and 2 C grades in relevant subjects
  • Fast-track: Certificate of Success with 1 A grade and 2 B grades or higher in relevant subjects
Kazakhstan

Qualification: Secondary school leaving certificate

  • Standard: Year 11 GPA 4/5
  • Fast-track: Year 11 GPA 4/5
Kenya

Qualification: KCSE

  • Standard: 1 B and 3 C grades
  • Fast-track:3 Bs and 1 C
Kuwait

Qualification: Shahadat AI-Thanawaya AI-Aama/General Secondary School Certificate
Year 2: 80-89%

  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 70%
  • Accelerated: 90% in 4 academic subjects
Laos

Qualification: Completion of Baccalaureate

  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 70%
Macau

Qualification: Form 5/ Senior Middle 2

  • Standard: 60%-65%
  • Fast-track: 66%-70%
  • Accelerated: 70% average of 4 subjects
Macau

Qualification: Form 6/ Senior Middle 3

  • Standard:56-60%
  • Fast-track:61-65%
  • Accelerated: 75% average of 4 subjects
Malaysia

Qualification: SPM – Forecast/Prelim/Actual

  • Standard: 20
  • Fast-track: 15 across 5 subjects
  • Accelerated: 12 across 5 subjects
Malaysia

Qualification: UEC

  • Standard: Max of 30
  • Fast-track: Max of 25
  • Accelerated: Max of 20
Mexico

Qualification: Bachillerator

  • Standard: 7.0/70%
  • Fast-track: 7.5/75%
Mongolia
  • Qualification: Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
  • Standard:4Cs
  • Fast-track: 2 Bs and 2 Cs
Myanmar

Qualification: BEHS/Matriculation Exam

  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 75%
Nepal

Qualification: Higher Secondary Education Certificate

  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 75%
New Zealand **

Qualification: NCEA

  • Standard: 30 credits at NCEA from mixed of level 2 or above with no fewer than 6 credits in each of subjects (combined credits from related subjects) including Mathematics
  • Fast-track:36 credits at NCEA from mixed of level 2 or above with no fewer than 6 credits in each of subjects (combined credits from related subjects) including Mathematics
Nigeria

Qualification: SSCE Exams (West African Education Council WAEC)

  • Standard: C
  • Fast-track: B
Pakistan

Qualification: Intermediate/ Higher Secondary School Certificate

  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 75%
Peru

Qualification: Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education

  • Standard: 15
  • Fast-track: 16
Philippines

Qualification: High School Diploma

  • Standard: 85%
  • Fast-track: 90%
Russia

Qualification: Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat)

  • Standard: Max of 30
  • Fast-track: Max of 25
  • Accelerated: Max of 20
Saudi Arabia

Qualification: Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate

  • Standard: 75%
  • Fast-track: 80%
  • Accelerated: 90% in 4 academic subjects
Singapore

Qualification: Singapore O level (or forecast)

  • Standard: Aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Aggregate of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
  • Accelerated: Aggregate of 12 or less across 5 academic subjects
South Africa

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 75%
  • Fast-track: 80%
South Korea

Qualification: High School Certificate Year 2

  • Standard: 65% or Rank 7.0
  • Fast-track:70% or Rank 6.5
  • Accelerated: High school certificate Year 2: 80% Rank 4.5 or Senior High Year 3 – 70% or Rank 5.0 in academic subjects.
Sri Lanka

Qualification: O Level

  • Standard: 2 Bs and 2 Cs
  • Fast-track: 4Bs
  • Accelerated: 2 Bs and 2 As
Taiwan

Qualification: Senior Year 2

  • Standard: 70% in 4 relevant subjects
  • Fast-track:80% in 4 relevant subjects
  • Accelerated: Year 2: 90% or higher OR Year 3 – 75%
Thailand

Qualification: Matayom 5

  • Standard: 2.5
  • Fast-track: 3
  • Accelerated: Matayom 5: 3.5 OR Matayom 6:2.2
Turkey

Qualification: Devlet Lise Diplomasi/State High School Diploma

  • Standard: Grade 2 in 3 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Grade 4 in 2 academic subjects
Venezuela

Qualification: Bachiller

  • Standard: 14 in 4 relevant subjects
  • Fast-track: 16 in 4 relevant subjects
Vietnam

Qualification: Year 11

  • Standard: 7.5
  • Fast-track: 8
  • Accelerated: Vietnam High School Graduation Certificate: 7 or greater * / Year 11 – 8.5
UAE

Qualification: Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate

  • Standard: 75%
  • Fast-track: 80%
  • Accelerated: 90% in 4 academic subjects
USA

Qualification: Completion of Year 12

  • Standard: D/60-69%/ GPA:1.0
  • Fast-track: C/70-79%GPA: 2.0
  • Accelerated: B/80-89%/GPA: 3.0
USA

Qualification: Secondary School Certificate Year 11

  • Standard: C/70-79%GPA: 2.0
  • Fast-track: B/80-89%/GPA: 3.0
  • Accelerated: A/90-100/4.0
Uzbekistan

Qualification: Secondary school leaving certificate

  • Standard: Year 11 – GPA 4/5
  • Fast-track: Year 12 – GPA 4/6
Zambia

Qualification:  School Certificate

  • Standard: Grade of 4
  • Fast-track: Grade of 3
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International Qualifications 

Standard (12 months)

Fast-track (8-9 months)

Accelerated (6 months)
Global Assessment Certificate  – GACLevel 22.83.3 
International Baculureate  – IBFirst year of IB diplomaGrade 4 in 4 relevant subjects 3 Grade 4 and 1 Grade 5 in 4 relevant subjects2 Grade 4 and 2 x Grade 5 in 4 relevant subjects/ Second year total greater than 16.
Cambridge International Examinations O level/IGCSE/GCSE 2 C grades and 2 D grades in four CIE official subjects.4Cs in four CIE official subjects1B grade and 3 C grades in four CIE official subjects
Cambridge International Examinations A level 48 UCAS points60 UCAS points80 UCAS points
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UP EducationStandard (12 months)Fast-track (8-9 months)Accelerated (6 months)
Foundation Preparation Pathway ProgrammeGPA – 3 academic subjects >50% Pass TSSGPA – 3 academic subjects >70% Pass TSSGPA – 3 academic subjects >80% Pass TSS

* Students who apply for the July intake can do so with the first half of Senior 2 but must continue their study in Term 2. The Admissions Team will request for the final report when it is available.
** Teachers’ comments and attendance rate are considered to determine entry. An interview may be applicable if previously study in New Zealand.
# Applies to Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
## All other Indian State Boards

This information is to be used as a guide only to determine entrance.
UP Education reserves the right to change the requirements at any time without prior notice. Please contact us for more information if the standard of your curriculum is now shown above.

Applications are also assessed on the basis of:

  • Current and previous academic reports
  • Relevant subjects
  • Comments on academic reports
  • Attendance rates
  • Medical issues

Foundation Connect

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Country specificFoundation Connect
BangladeshYear 11 : 60%
CambodiaUpper Secondary Schools – Year 2: 80-89%
CanadaUpper Secondary Schools – Year 2: 80-89%
ChileCompletion of Colleges & Lyceums -Year 1 (Year 11) with good grades
EcuadorSecondary Schools – Year 2: 7.6
FijiYear 11: Top 3 plus English aggregate 180
KenyaCompletion of Year 11 with good grades
KuwaitSecondary Education – Year 2: 80%
LaosCompletion of Upper secondary Schools – Year 2: 7/10
MexicoYear 11: 6.0/60%
MongoliaCertificate of Complete Secondary Education: 4xDs
NepalCompletion of Year 11 with good grades
NigeriaCompletion of Upper Secondary School – Year 2 with good grades
Saudi ArabiaSecondary Education – Year 2: 80%
TurkeyUpper Secondary – Year 3: 70/100
VenezuelaLiceos Bolivarianos/Colegios – Year 4:12 in 4 relevant subjects
UAEGeneral Secondary Schools – Year 2: 80%
USACompletion of Year 11 – D/60-69%/ GPA:1.0
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International Qualifications Foundation Connect 
Global Assessment Certificate – GAC Level 2  2
International Baculureate – IB First year 2 Grade 4 and 2 Grade 3 in 4 relevant subjects
Cambridge International Examinations – O level/IGCSE/GCSE 2 C grades and 2 D grades
Cambridge International Examinations – A level 36 UCAS points

English language requirements

All students need to provide evidence of their English proficiency upon application.

  • If you are an international applicant and your first language is not English, you will need to provide satisfactory evidence of your English proficiency.
  • English is considered the first language of citizens of Canada, Ireland, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  • If you are a domestic applicant and your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of your competence in written and spoken English.
Programme optionIELTS
Accelerated6.0 and no band less than 5.5
Fast-track5.5 and no band less than 5.0 (preferred overall score: 6.0)
Standard5.0 and no band less than 4.5
Foundation Connect4.5 and no band less than 4

Alternatives to IELTS for Fast-track & Standard

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IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6.0
TOEFL Paper Based (pct.) 450 (Writing 3.5 TWE) 500 (Writing 4.0 TWE) 550 (Writing 5.0 TWE) 550 (Writing 5.0 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based (iBT) 30 (Writing 12) 35 (Writing 14) 46 (Writing 14) 60 (Writing 18)
University of Cambridge
English Examinations
B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 150. No less than 150 in each skill; B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;
NZCEL
NZ Certificate of English Language
Level 2 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or Academic Level 3 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or Academic Level 4 with an Academic endorsement Level 4 with an Academic endorsement
Pearson Test – Academic PToE (Academic) 29-35 PToE (Academic) 36-41 PToE (Academic) 42-49 PToE (Academic) 50-57
City and Guilds IESOL B1 achiever – 43 B2 Communicator – 42 C1 Communicator – 66
Language Certificate B1 achiever – Pass B2 Communicator – High Pass C1 Communicator – Pass
Duolingo English Test 70 – Only accepted for Foundation Connect  a high DL-score can be considered as an exception with a spoken interview a high DL-score can be considered as an exception with a spoken interview a high DL-score can be considered as an exception with a spoken interview
Evidence also accepted: IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6.0
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade B2 Grade B2 Grade C
Cambridge English Scale Scores 154 162 169
Cambridge English: First Grade B1 Grade C
GCE O-Level, IGCSE, GCSE or Oxford GCSE* # Grade E Grade D Grade C Grade B
GCE A-Level and AS Level* # Grade E Grade E Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H2 level # Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H1 level # Grade C
Canadian High School final year report Grade 11 (B) Grade 12 (C) Grade 12 (C+) Grade 12 (B)
USA High School – final year report Grade 11 – 70% Grade 11 – 80% Grade 11 – 90% Grade 12 – 80%
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Higher Level) Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Standard Level) Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
IB (English Language B Higher Level) Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 5
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority HKEAA Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 3 Grade 4
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) B1 B1 B2 B2
University of Auckland English Language Academy EAP Introduction EAP Introduction EAP 1 EAP 2 or EAP 3 (C+ grade)
Victoria University English Proficiency Programme minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3 minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3 minimum of two ratings of
4 and two ratings of 3
minimum of three ratings of
4 and one rating of 3
Auckland Edinburgh College Successfully completed Intermediate Level 1 at AEC Successfully completed Intermediate Level 2 at AEC Successfully completed Upper Intermediate Level 1 at AEC
Languages International Level 1 Level 2
Auckland Institute of Studies Level 4
North Shore Language School Level 3 Level 4
NCEA ** 10 Literacy Credits at L2 or higher (5 reading and 5 writing credits) 14 Literacy Credits at L2 or higher (7 reading and 7 writing credits)
UP Internal English Test (Via WeChat/Skype) 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0
UP English Language Test (UPELT) 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0
UP English School Academic English Level  2 3 4 5

*GCE O-Level, IGCSE, GCSE or Oxford GCSE results:Schools can elect to have results presented on a 9-1 scale or an A to G grade

#CIE Relevant subjects:AS/A Level: English Language, Language and Literature in English, Literature in English OR IG Level: English First Language, English Literature

**NCEA Relevant subjects: L2 or higher. We accept credits from: English or English for Academic Purposes

Country specific qualifications for Fast-track & Standard

We also accept the following country-specific qualifications. We may require you to have achieved a specific score or mark in an approved English-intensive subject within your qualification.

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Country Qualification
Australia Recognised Year 12 qualification
Canada Recognised Canadian High School Diploma
Denmark Studentereksamen
Fiji Fiji Year 12 Certificate Examination (7th Form)
Finland Ylioppilastutkinoto, Studentexamen or the Upper Secondary School Certificate.
Germany Abitur or DAAD
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
India Indian School Certificate (ISC) or All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) Year 12 qualifications
Malaysia STPM
Norway Vitnemal
Samoa Foundation English in Foundation Certificate from National University of Samoa
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Evidence of secondary study in English by the student:

Completion of at least four years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction.

Schools:

For programmes delivered by a registered school – other acceptable evidence as approved by the Head of Admissions may be used for entry.

UP Education Partner English Language School:

Evidence of successfully meeting course assessment and graduation requirements at selected NZ Language Schools (NZQA Category One PTEs) who have an agreement with UP Education.

Exceptional cases:

After an assessment has been carried out based on academic, attendance & behaviour, there may be occasions where exceptions are allowed based on an exceptional case process. This process is managed by the Head of Admissions.
  • If the student is offshore, the Head of Admissions may request a UP Sales Manager to meet with the student and interview them to assess their application quality and motivation. A recommendation will be made on the basis of the interview. This may be done face to face or remotely as appropriate.
  • The Entry Requirement Exception Proposal form will then be submitted to Head of Admissions for approval.

The UP English Language Test and Alternatives to IELTS for Accelerated

Students considering Accelerated entry must present an approved alternative to the University of Auckland’s IELTS requirements instead:

The UP English Language Test (UPELT) has been developed to help provide prospective students with obtaining their English language scores prior to enrolment.

Other options: download to view the list of alternatives.