Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

University Entrance

You are qualified for admission to university if you have obtained:

  • a minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS Level from any syllabuses in the table, which are broadly equivalent to those in the list of approved subjects for NCEA
  • and a D grade or better in syllabuses from at least three different Syllabus Groups in the table (excluding Thinking Skills).

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE): 2020 school-leaver cohort qualifying for UE only

Applicants completing CIE University Entrance in 2020 only must obtain:

  • a minimum of 110 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level from any syllabuses in the table, which are broadly equivalent to those in the list of approved subjects for NCEA, and
  • a D grade or better in syllabuses from at least two different syllabus groups (excluding Thinking Skills) and one E grade or better in another syllabus group in the table.

Plus the literacy and numeracy requirements below.

For the literacy and numeracy requirements, you will need:

Literacy, either An E grade or better in any one of AS English Language, Language and Literature in English, Literature in English. A D grade or better will satisfy one of the syllabus requirements of Part A.
Or As prescribed for university entrance with NCEA.

Numeracy, either (i) A D grade or better in IGCSE or GCSE mathematics, or (ii) Any mathematics passed at AS level. A D grade or better will satisfy one of the syllabus requirements of Part A.
Or As prescribed for university entrance with NCEA. 

Admission to your chosen qualification

The Preferential Entry Score from CIE, for the majority of undergraduate qualifications, is 140 points. The CIE rank score for a New Zealand university applicant is calculated using the UCAS Tariff for the best 6 subject units at AS or A level, provided that no more than two subject units are included from any one syllabus group in the table of available syllabus groups, which are broadly equivalent to those in the list of approved subjects for NCEA. 

(1 AS level = 1 subject unit; 1 A level = 2 subject units)

Your rank score will be calculated by:

  • identifying a maximum of six subject units from your last two years of study, at AS, A2 or A level, from subjects on the approved list;
  • using the UCAS Tariff to calculate points for these subjects based on grades achieved, on the basis of the table below.
Level
A+
A
B
C
D
E
A
140
120
100
80
60
40
AS
n/a
60
50
40
30
20

If you have passed more than six subject units, the subjects with the best level of achievement will be used to calculate the rank score. If you achieve fewer than six subject units, the score will be based on those you have achieved. 

A subject passed at A level counts as two subject units.

Subject
Level
Subject
Units
Grade
Rank Score
English
A
2
C
80
Mathematics
A
2
D
60
Accounting
AS
1
B
50
Economics
AS
1
B
50
Geography
AS
1
B
Not counted
in best six
subject units
Total 240

University Entrance with CIE

Syllabus groups

Part A

Applicants must obtain:

  • a minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS Level from any syllabuses in the following table, which are broadly equivalent to those in the list of approved subjects for NCEA
  • and a D grade or better in syllabuses from at least three different Syllabus Groups in the following table (excluding Thinking Skills).

Syllabus Group

Syllabuses

Accounting

AS Accounting (9706)
A Level Accounting 9706)

Art

AS Art and Design (9704)
A Level Art and Design (9704)

Design

AS Art and Design: Graphic Design - NZ (9720)
A Level Art and Design: Graphic Design - NZ (9720)

Biology

AS Biology (9700)
A Level Biology (9700)

Business Studies

AS Business Studies (9707)
A Level Business Studies (9707)

Chemistry

AS Chemistry (9701)
A Level Chemistry (9701)

Chinese

AS Chinese Language (8681) A Level Chinese (9715)
AS Chinese Literature (8669)

Classical Studies

AS Classical Studies (9274)
A Level Classical Studies (9274)

Computing

AS Computing (9691)
A Level Computing (9691)
AS Applied ICT(9713)
A Level Applied ICT (9713)

Drama

AS Drama (8286)

Divinity

AS Divinity (8041)
A Level Divinity (9011)

Economics

AS Economics (9708)
A Level Economics (9708)

English Language

AS English Language (9093) [from 2014]
A Level English Language (9093) [from 2014]
AS English Language (8693) [to end 2013]

English Literature

AS Literature in English (9695)
A Level Literature in English (9695)

English Language and Literature*

AS Language and Literature in English (8695)

Environmental Management

AS Environmental Management (8291)
AS Marine Science (9693)
A Level Marine Science (9693)

Food Studies

A Level Food Studies (9336)

French

AS French Language(8682)
A Level French (9716)
AS French Literature (8670)

Geography

AS Geography (9696)
A Level Geography (9696)

German

AS German Language (8683)
A Level German (9717)

Global Perspectives

AS Global Perspectives (8987)

History

AS History (9697)
A Level History (9697)
AS History - New Zealand (9671)
A Level History - New Zealand (9671)

History of Art

AS History of Art (8285)

Japanese

AS Japanese Language (8281)

Latin

AS Latin (8282)

Law

AS Law (9084)
A Level Law (9084)

Mathematics

AS Mathematics (9709)
A Level Mathematics (9709)

Music

AS Music (8663)
AS Music (9703)
A Level Music (9703)

Photography

AS Art and Design: Photography - NZ (9721)
A Level Art and Design: Photography - NZ (9721)

Physical Education

AS Physical Education (9396)
A Level Physical Education (9396)

Physics

AS Physics (9702)
A Level Physics (9702)

Printmaking

AS Art and Design: Printmaking - NZ (9723)
A Level Art and Design: Printmaking - NZ (9723)

Psychology

AS Psychology (9698)
A Level Psychology (9698)

Sculpture

AS Art and Design: 3D Studies - NZ (9722)
A Level Art and Design: 3D Studies - NZ (9722)

Sociology

AS Sociology (9699)
A Level Sociology (9699)

Spanish

AS Spanish Language (8685) A Level Spanish (9719)
AS Spanish Literature (8673)
AS First Language Spanish (8665)

Technology

AS Design and Technology (9705)
A Level Design and Technology (9705)

Textiles

AS Design and Textiles (9631)
A Level Design and Textiles (9631)

Thinking Skills

AS Thinking Skills (9694)
A Level Thinking Skills (9694)

Travel and Tourism

AS Travel and Tourism (9395)
A Level Travel and Tourism (9395)

Note: *This Syllabus Group cannot be used in conjunction with either of the English Language and English Literature Groups.