Entry Requirements

Be sure to check application closing dates for your programme of choice and make sure to apply well before then. If you meet the entry criteria, applications are typically accepted in the date order they’re received. It’s always a good idea to apply early for popular programmes.

We have a few entry requirements to make sure you’re prepared to succeed in the study programme you choose.


Academic requirements for degrees

Before you can enrol at Whitireia & Weltec, you need to complete:

NCEA Level 3 awarded, with at least three approved subjects of 14 credits each at Level 3.

Literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing (from NZQA specified list)

Numeracy: 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required)

We also need proof of your previous school qualifications such as School Certificate or UE, or;

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Award of the full IB Diploma (24 points or higher), including English A1 at either Higher or Standard Level and any mathematics subject.

Cambridge International Examination (CIE)

A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level; including grade D or better in at least three subjects (from the NCEA approved list); minimum grade E in AS English and minimum grade D in IGCSE mathematics or any mathematics passed at AS level.


*Due to Covid-19 disruption, NZQA have introduced a change to University Entrance requirements for those learners who have studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020. Refer to NZQA for further details.

Some programmes still require a strong science background so if you would like to discuss your science credits contact our enrolments advisors at information@weltec.ac.nz or information@whitireia.ac.nz.

Entry requirements for Health and Social Services Programmes

For those looking to get into the Health and Social Services sector; but are short a number of credits, we offer a variety of foundation courses to help you gain the extra credits needed to start your academic journey. 


English language requirements (International Students)

You’ll need a strong understanding of English to enrol in our programmes.

International students can use an English Language Test such as IELTS to demonstrate you know English well enough to succeed. You’ll need a minimum IELTS 6.0 (no lower than 5.5 in any band), or equivalent.

If English is not your first language, we offer programmes to help you become fluent enough to study.

Please note, some Whitireia degree level programmes require a higher level of English language competence. If you want more information about meeting our English Language requirements, contact an Enrolments Advisor.


Additional entry requirements

Some programmes may have additional entry requirements. You can find them listed on the programme pages under Entry Criteria.


Special entry

If you don’t meet our academic or English language requirements but you have relevant work and life experience, you might be able to get Special Entry.


If you apply, our teaching staff will interview and you’ll need to give us the following:

  • CV of relevant work and recreational experience, or community involvement

  • personal statement, explaining your core competencies

  • referee or advisor’s report

  • evidence of any qualifications or pre-entrance tests you have achieved.

If we think you’re capable of completing the programme successfully, we’ll let you enrol.