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Criteria for Admission to Particular Qualifications

In addition to meeting the Admission requirements below, applicants whose first language is not English or Māori are required to provide satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency, generally in the form of an IELTS (academic) or TOEFL examination score(see the English Language Requirements for Admission)

On this page
Part 1: Admission to Bachelors Degrees
Part 2: Admission to Certificates and Diplomas
Part 3: Re-entry for Returning Students
Part 4: Admission for Transferring Students
Part 5: Exclusion for Unsatisfactory Progress from Particular Papers
Part 6: Appeals

Part 1
Admission to Bachelors Degrees1

  1. Admission to the

    Bachelor of Arts (BA)
    Bachelor of Business (BBus)
    Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA)
    Bachelor of Communication (BC)
    Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours (BCMS(Hons))
    Bachelor of Design (BDes)
    Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP)
    Bachelor of Health (BHealth)
    Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP)
    Bachelor of Science (BSc)
    Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech))
    Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)
    degrees

    Applicants for the above degrees must fulfil the academic criteria listed below:

    1. University Entrance2

      Applicants who have achieved University Entrance through NCEA will be accepted into the degrees listed above.

    2. Discretionary Entrance3

      Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in NCEA at Level 2 in four subjects equivalent to the approved subjects for University Entrance in NCEA at Level 3, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements of University Entrance.

      Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser.

    3. Special Admission

      Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants 20 years old and over by the beginning of their programme of study will be accepted, except those that are clearly insufficiently prepared for academic study. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed appropriate University of Waikato College bridging programmes.

    4. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study for

      Bachelor of Arts (BA)
      Bachelor of Design (BDes)
      Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP)
      Bachelor of Health (BHealth)
      Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP)
      Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies (BMCT)
      Bachelor of Science (BSc) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering
      Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech))
      Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) degrees

      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants seeking admission with a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above provided that they have achieved

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade or better in each of FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study.

        Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation with no less than a C- grade in any paper will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above.

        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

    5. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study for
      Bachelor of Business (BBus)
      Bachelor of Science (BSc) in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, degrees
      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants seeking admission with a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above provided that they have achieved

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade or better in each of FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study.

        Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, with no less than a C- grade in any paper, will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above.
        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      4. Admission from the International Diploma (Business)

        Applicants who have successfully completed the requirements of the International Diploma (Business) with no less than a C- grade in any paper, and have not been awarded the Diploma, will be accepted, with credit transferred from that programme, into the Bachelor of Business.

        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      5. Admission from the International Diploma (Computer Science)

        Applicants seeking admission into the Bachelor of Science with a major in either Applied Computing, Computer Science or Data Analytics will be accepted into this qualification, with credit, upon completing the International Diploma (Computer Science) with no less than a C- grade in any paper, and having not been awarded the Diploma.

        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

    6. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study for

      Bachelor of Communication (BC)
      Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours (BCMS(Hons))

      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants seeking admission with a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above provided that they have achieved

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade or better in each of FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study.

        Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, with no less than a C- grade in any paper, will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above.

        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

  2. Admission to the


    Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD) degree

    In addition to satisfying the requirements for achieving University Entrance, entry into the BCGD programme in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is available only to applicants who are chosen by the Faculty's selection process. Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA at Level 2 in Mathematics; in addition, applicants must submit a portfolio as part of the selection process and may also be required to attend an interview.

    Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degrees

    In addition to satisfying the requirements for achieving University Entrance, entry into the BEd and BTchg programmes in the Faculty of Education is available only to applicants who are chosen by the Faculty’s selection process (see the Schedule of Limitations on Enrolments).

    Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree

    In addition to satisfying the requirements for achieving University Entrance, all applicants for the BMus must have

    1. at least 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Music, or
    2. a Grade 3 Theory pass or better in the New Zealand Music Education Board, or Australian Music Education Board, or
    3. a Grade 5 Theory pass or better in the Trinity College or Royal College of Music examinations, or
    4. a music qualification assessed as equivalent.

    Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) degree

    In addition to satisfying the requirements for achieving University Entrance, all applicants must follow a selection process approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science, or delegated authority, including a police vetting check, to ensure that they meet the criteria for admission to register for nurses as defined by the University and the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

    Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree

    In addition to satisfying the requirements for achieving University Entrance, all applicants must follow a selection process approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, including an interview and a police vetting check, to ensure that they meet the criteria for a 'fit and proper' person to practice Social Work as defined by the University and the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board. The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 provisions do not apply to social work. Students must also complete further Police vetting checks prior to fieldwork placements. An assessment of a student’s suitability under the Children's Act 2014 will also take place during the BSW admissions process and prior to fieldwork placements. Details of the selection and police vetting processes are available in the programme handbook and BSW supplementary application forms.

    Applicants to the above programmes must satisfy the requirements for admission to university listed below:

    1. University Entrance2

      Applicants who have achieved University Entrance through NCEA will be eligible to be accepted into the degrees listed above.

    2. Discretionary Entrance 3

      Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in NCEA at Level 2 in four subjects equivalent to the approved subjects for University Entrance in NCEA at Level 3, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements of University Entrance. Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser.

    3. Special Admission Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants 20 years old and over by the beginning of their programme of study will be eligible for acceptance, except those that are clearly insufficiently prepared for academic study. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed appropriate University of Waikato College bridging programmes.
    4. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study for

      Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree

      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants seeking admission with a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies will be accepted1 into the BMus provided that they are chosen through the selection process as set out in section 2 of these regulations and have achieved

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade or better in each of FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study.

        Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation with no less than a C- grade in any paper will be accepted1 provided that they meet the additional criteria for the BMus as set out in section 2 of these regulations.

        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

    5. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study for

      Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) and Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) degrees

      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants seeking admission with a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies will be accepted1 into the qualification provided that they are chosen through the selection process for their intended qualification as set out in section 2 of these regulations and have achieved

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade or better in each of FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study.

        Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, with no less than a C- grade in any paper, will be accepted1 provided that they are chosen through the selection process for their intended qualification as set out in section 2 of these regulations.

        Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.

    6. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study for

      Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree

      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. No credit transfer or recognition of prior learning will be awarded for successful study that took place more than 5 years prior to the date of first enrolment in the degree. Credit transfer or recognition of prior learning will not be awarded for more than 50% of the degree. No credit transfer or recognition of prior learning will be granted for field education unless the transfer is from a current Social Workers Registration Board recognised programme.
      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants seeking admission with a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies will be accepted1 into the BSW provided that they are chosen through the selection process as set out in section 2 of these regulations and have achieved

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade or better in each of FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study.

        Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      4. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation with no less than a C- grade in any paper will be accepted1 into the BSW provided that they are chosen through the selection process as set out in section 2 of these regulations. Applicants not satisfying this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  3. Admission to the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc) degree
    1. University Entrance2
      1. Admission to the BCompSc in the Specified Programme of Data Analytics

        Entry into the BCompSc in the above specified programme will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Mathematics.

      2. Admission to the BCompSc in the Specified Programme of Embedded Systems

        Entry into the BCompSc in the above specified programme will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus. Applicants must also gain a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.

      3. Admission to the BCompSc without a Specified Programme

        Entry into the BCompSc without a specified programme will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance.

    2. Discretionary Entance

        Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance into the BCompSc without a specified programme if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in four subjects at Level 2 in the NCEA, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. All subjects must be from the list of approved subjects. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements for University Entrance. Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser.

    3. Special Admission
      1. Admission to the BCompSc without a Specified Programme

        Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants 20 years old and over by the beginning of their programme of study will be accepted, except those that are clearly insufficiently prepared for academic study. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed an appropriate University of Waikato College bridging programme.

      2. Admission to the BCompSc in a Specified Programme

        Applicants should meet the requirements of Section 3.3.1 and have a sufficient background in Mathematics. Applicants for the Embedded Systems specified programme must also have a sufficient background in Physics.

    4. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study
      1. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4
        1. Admission to the BCompSc in the Specified Programmes of Data Analytics

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved

          1. an overall B- grade average, including
          2. a B- grade in FOUND007 and
          3. at least a C- grade in every other paper and
          4. a B- grade in FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study

          will be accepted1 into this specified programme.

          Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        2. Admission to the BCompSc in the Specified Programme of Embedded Systems

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved:

          1. an overall B- grade average, including
          2. a B- grade in FOUND007 and
          3. a B- grade in FOUND011 and
          4. at least a C- grade in every other paper and
          5. a B- grade in FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study

          will be accepted1 into this specified programme. Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission to the BCompSc without a Specified Programme

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved:

        1. no less than a C- grade in any paper, and
        2. a B- grade in FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study

        will be accepted1 into this specified programme. Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      4. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation
        1. Admission to the BCompSc in the Specified Programmes of Data Analytics

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, including a B- grade in FOUND007, and at least a C- grade in every other paper will be accepted.1 Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        2. Admission to the BCompSc in the Specified Programme of Embedded Systems

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, including a B- grade in FOUND007, a B grade in FOUND011 and at least a C- grade in every other paper, will be accepted.1 Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        3. Admission to the BCompSc without a Specified Programme

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, with no less than a C- grade in every other paper, will be accepted1 into the qualifications listed above.

          Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis

  4. Admission to the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)) degree
    1. University Entrance2
      1. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programmes of Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering

        Entry into the BE(Hons) in the above specified programmes will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus.

        Applicants must also gain at least 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.

      2. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programmes of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Materials and Process Engineering

        Entry into the BE(Hons) in the above specified programmes will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus.

        Applicants must also gain at least 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Chemistry and 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.

      3. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programme of Software Engineering

        Entry into the BE(Hons) in the above specified programme will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus. Applicants must also gain at least 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in two other approved subjects for University Entrance.

      4. The Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering may waive up to 120 points of level 100 papers of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) for candidates who have achieved exceptionally high grades in approved subjects in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualification at Level 3 or higher or in other qualifications considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, provided that students substitute approved alternative papers of equal points value, in consultation with the relevant Dean.
    2. Special Admission

      Applicants with evidence of successfully completed post-secondary study will normally be accepted. This includes applicants who have successfully completed the an appropriate University of Waikato College bridging programme.

    3. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study
      1. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4
        1. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programmes of Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved

          1. an overall B- grade average, including
          2. a B- grade in FOUND011 and
          3. a B- grade in FOUND007 and
          4. at least a C- grade in every other paper and
          5. a B- grade in FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study
          6. will be accepted1 into this specified programme.

          Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        2. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programmes of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Materials and Process Engineering

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved:

          1. an overall B- grade average, including
          2. a B- grade in FOUND010 and
          3. a B- grade in FOUND007 and
          4. a B- grade in FOUND011 and
          5. at least a C- grade in every other paper and
          6. a B- grade in FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study

          will be accepted1 into this specified programme.

          Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        3. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programme of Software Engineering

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved:

          1. an overall B- grade average, including
          2. a B- grade in FOUND007 and
          3. at least a C- grade in every other paper; and
          4. a B- grade in FOUND021 and FOUND022 to satisfy the minimum English language requirement for undergraduate study
          5. will be accepted1 into this specified programme. Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation
        1. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programmes of Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, including a B- grade in FOUND011, a B- grade in FOUND007, and at least a C- grade in every other paper will be accepted.1 Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        2. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programmes of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Materials and Process Engineering

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, including a B- grade in two of FOUND007, FOUND010 or FOUND011 and at least a C- grade in every other paper, will be accepted.1 Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

        3. Admission to the BE(Hons) in the Specified Programme of Software Engineering

          Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation and achieved an overall B- grade average, including a B- grade in FOUND007 and at least a C- grade in every other paper, will be accepted.1

          Applicants not satisfying these requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis

  5. Admission to the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS (Hons)) degree
    1. Entry into the BMS(Hons) programme at the beginning of the first year of study will be guaranteed to applicants who have gained University Entrance.
    2. Students who have been admitted to the BMS(Hons) must achieve a B+ grade average or better over the first two years of the programme to be guaranteed re-entry into year 3 of the BMS(Hons). Students who do not gain re-entry to the BMS(Hons), but who meet the re-entry criteria for the Bachelor of Business (BBus), will be able to be admitted to the BBus.
    3. Students may apply to be admitted to the BMS(Hons) in the third year of the degree. As part of the application process students must provide a personal statement that sets out their leadership/community involvement and their future career aspirations. Applicants would normally be expected to have achieved a B+ grade average or better in their previous 240 points of study. Selection will also take into account leadership potential and community citizenship.
  6. Admission to all Law papers and programmes5

    The Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Programmes Committee will have regard to equity considerations in making its decisions, but in all cases those offered places will have demonstrated their academic preparedness for the Faculty’s programme of study. The Faculty does not set aside places for specific groups of applicants (see the Schedule of Limitations on Enrolments).

    1. University Entrance2 There are a limited number of places in the Te Piringa Faculty of Law and a selection process applies. Each applicant will be considered by the Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Programmes Committee on a case by case basis. Factors such as academic results in NCEA at Level 3 and other forms of assessment, as well as school and community involvement and achievements will be taken into account. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of results and achievements with their written statement. All applicants will be required to have satisfied the requirements for achieving University Entrance, including NCEA Level 1 numeracy and Level 2 literacy requirements.
    2. Discretionary Entrance3 Applicants will normally be granted Discretionary Entrance if they have gained a total of at least 80 credits in four subjects at Level 2 in the NCEA, with a minimum grade of Merit in at least half of the achievement standards for each subject. All subjects must be from the list of approved subjects. Applicants must also have satisfied the numeracy and literacy requirements for University Entrance. Applications must be supported by the applicant’s school principal or a University Student Recruitment Adviser, and be approved by the Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Programmes Committee which will also consider the applicant’s personal statement and their academic preparedness for university law study.
    3. Special Admission Applicants will be considered for Special Admission on a case by case basis, having regard to their level of schooling, other relevant study, interests and expertise, experience and skills, and other such information as is available with respect to their academic preparedness, including, where appropriate, the completion of University of Waikato College bridging programmes.

      The Faculty will afford priority to

      • applicants with law-related experience
      • applicants who have successfully completed a programme of degree level study at a tertiary institution.
    4. Admission at entrance level or with credit from previous study
      1. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis bearing in mind patterns of admission which have applied in previous years and the standing of the qualification in New Zealand.
      2. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, or equivalent4

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies and achieved at least a B- grade average overall, with a B- grade or higher in FOUND001 will have guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Laws programme.

        Other students are encouraged to apply and will be considered by the Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Programmes Committee on a case by case basis, taking account of their level of academic achievement.

      3. Admission from the University of Waikato Certificate of University Preparation

        Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate of University Preparation with at least a B- grade average overall, with B- grades or higher in FOUND001 and FOUND002 and subsequently B- grades or higher in all their B trimester non-Law degree level papers, will have guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Laws programme.

        Other students are encouraged to apply and will be considered by the Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Programmes Committee, on a case by case basis, taking account of their level of academic achievement.

Part 2
Admission to Certificates and Diplomas

  1. In addition to the admission criteria set out in the relevant qualification regulations, applicants for certificates and diplomas in the following qualifications must meet specific criteria for admission:
    1. Diploma in Engineering Management

      Entry into the Diploma in Engineering Management in the School of Engineering or the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is available only to applicants who are currently enrolled in, or have completed, a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, or equivalent.

    2. Graduate Diploma in Teaching

      Entry into the GradDipTchg programme in the Division of Education is available only to applicants who are chosen by the Division’s selection panels (see the Schedule of Limitations on Enrolment).

    3. Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translating Māori (PGDip(Int&Trans))

      Applicants must satisfy the Dean of the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies that they have a high standard of proficiency in English and Māori.

Part 3
Re-entry for Returning Students

  1. The right to re-entry applies to re-enrolment in the qualification(s) in which a student was enrolled in her/his most recent period of enrolment.
  2. Annual re-entry criteria
    1. A student who gains unrestricted passes in papers worth at least half of the total points the student is enrolled in for the year will gain re-entry, except in the case of re-entry to the qualifications listed below.
  3. Re-entry to Bachelor of Nursing
    1. A student gains unrestricted passes in all of their required Bachelor of Nursing papers will gain re-entry.
    2. The Pro Vice-Chancellor has authority to determine on a case by case basis whether candidates who fail Bachelor of Nursing papers in a given year may repeat those papers and whether they may enrol concurrently for more advanced Bachelor of Nursing papers.
  4. Re-entry to Law Programmes
    1. A student who gains unrestricted passes in papers worth at least half of the total points the student is enrolled in and has not failed more than the equivalent of 30 points in Law papers will gain re-entry.
    2. The Dean has authority to determine on a case by case basis whether candidates who fail Law papers in a given year may repeat those papers, and whether they may enrol concurrently for more advanced papers in Law.
  5. Re-entry to Teacher Education Programmes
    1. A student who gains unrestricted passes in papers worth at least half of the total points the student is enrolled in and who satisfactorily completes the professional experience requirements will gain re-entry.
    2. A returning student who wishes to transfer between teacher education streams will need permission from the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education.
    3. The Pro Vice-Chancellor has authority to determine on a case by case basis whether candidates who fail papers in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and the Master of Teaching and Learning in a given year, may repeat those papers.
  6. Re-entry to conjoint degree programmes
    1. To be eligible for re-entry to a conjoint degree programme a student must meet the re-entry requirements for each of the component degrees and satisfy the Dean(s) of the Faculty and/or School of Studies that their academic performance is of a good standard.
  7. Trimester re-entry criteria
    1. A student who is enrolled in papers worth more than 20 points in a single trimester and who fails all of those papers will be ineligible for re-entry in the following trimester.
    2. A student who is ineligible for re-entry in the following trimester but who is enrolled in papers in that trimester will be withdrawn from those papers.

Part 4
Admission for Transferring Students

  1. A student who wishes to transfer from one qualification to another needs to meet the general and relevant specific requirements for re-entry for returning students listed in Part 3 of these regulations.
  2. Additional criteria apply in the case of transfer into the following qualifications.
  3. Transfer into the Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA), Bachelor of Communication (BC), and Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) degrees

    Students will not normally be considered unless they have successfully completed a full-time year of study and obtained a minimum B average.

  4. Transfer into Law programmes
    1. The Te Piringa Faculty of Law Undergraduate Programmes Committee will have regard to equity considerations in making its decisions, but in all cases those offered places will have demonstrated their academic preparedness for the Faculty’s programme of study. The Faculty does not set aside places for specific groups of applicants.
    2. Students will be considered for transfer from another degree or tertiary institution on a case by case basis. Preference will be given to those who obtain the highest grades and whose performance provides evidence of literacy.
    3. Those who have completed a first degree may apply for exemption from the non-Law requirements of the LLB and will be considered for admission to Law 1 and Law 2 concurrently.
  5. Transfer into the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP)
    1. There are a limited number of places available for transferring students within the BHSHP degree and this may vary from year to year.
    2. Students will be considered for transfer into the BHSHP degree by the Director of the BHSHP Programme on a case by case basis. Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed a full-time year of study and obtained a B minimum average.
  6. Transfer into the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)
    1. Entry to the BEd and BTchg in the Faculty of Education is available only to applicants who are chosen by the Faculty’s selection panels and who satisfy the requirements for admission to university.
    2. Students will be considered for transfer from another qualification or tertiary institution by the relevant Programme Selection Committee on a case by case basis.

Part 5
Exclusion for Unsatisfactory Progress from Particular Papers

  1. Students who have failed a paper, or any equivalent or substantially similar paper, on a second or subsequent enrolment will be excluded from the paper and will be ineligible to re-enrol in that paper.
  2. Where a student is excluded from a paper that is a compulsory paper for a qualification the student will not be permitted to enrol in, or continue a current enrolment in, that qualification.

Part 6
Appeals

  1. A person who
    1. is qualified for admission to the university but who is not accepted into his or her choice of qualification, or
    2. fails to meet the criteria for re-entry to their qualification, or
    3. is excluded from a paper
    4. may apply to the Dean of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the person wishes to enrol for a reconsideration of the Dean’s decision.

  2. A person whose application for reconsideration is declined by the relevant Dean may make a further appeal to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic under delegated authority of the Academic Board.
  3. An appeal, comprising a written statement of the circumstances of the appeal, together with supporting evidence, if available, must be submitted by the student to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic not more than seven days after the date on which notification of the relevant decision is received.
  4. A decision by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic is notified in writing, and is final.
  5. Report to the Education Committee

    The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic must submit an annual report to the Education Committee providing an overview of admission appeal decisions made during the relevant year, together with any consequent recommendations with respect to the Criteria for Admission to Particular Qualifications.

Notes:

  1. Many of the degrees offered at the University of Waikato have prerequisites on their core papers. Applicants who have not achieved specified prerequisites either through their study in NCEA at Level 2 and Level 3 or through their Foundation Studies programme will be required to take additional papers or foundation courses in order to satisfy these prerequisites. Applicants in this situation are advised that not all papers undertaken may count towards the completion of the degree and that the programme of study may take an additional period of time.
  2. Applicants who have achieved an equivalent to New Zealand University Entrance through a qualification other than NCEA at Level 3 will have their admission assessed on a case by case basis.
  3. Applicants who have achieved an equivalent to Discretionary Entrance through a qualification other than NCEA at Level 2 will have their admission assessed on a case by case basis.
  4. Applicants who have achieved an equivalent to the University of Waikato Certificate of Foundation Studies will have their admission assessed based on an approved guaranteed credit arrangement or on a case by case basis.
  5. Except the major in law taken within the Bachelor of Arts, or any programme with a law second major. In these cases, the admission criteria for the qualification being enrolled in apply.