Thu 3 Sep 2020

NZQA makes changes to University Entrance

NZQA have introduced a temporary change to University Entrance requirements, due to the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The change affects those learners who have studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, recognising the impact of the loss of teaching, learning and assessment time on student achievement. 

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced that learners will need 12 credits in each of three NZQA approved subjects rather than the standard 14 credits. Literacy and numeracy requirements remain the same.

“As further recognition of COVID-19’s impact, this year University Entrance will be awarded to students who achieve 12 credits in each of three University Entrance Approved Subjects. They will still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet the literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded UE.

“This reduction of two credits per approved subject recognises that students may not have had the same opportunity to achieve as in other years, while continuing to ensure students are ready to undertake university study.”

The temporary change to University Entrance applies to all of WITT's degree programmes, for those students who are completing NCEA Level 3 this year.

The Bachelor of Nursing still requires a strong science background, so students who wish to discuss their science credits for the programme (biology or chemistry) should contact WITT’s School of Nursing on 0800 WITT NZ or

If you have any questions about this change or any of our degree programmes, our team are here to help. Call 0800 WITT NZ or email

You can read a summary of these NZQA changes here