Words used in connection with University and Polytech Studies

You need NCEA Level 3 with 14 credits in each of 3 Approved Subjects and University Entrance Literacy 10 credits - 5 reading 5 writing

Rank score
This is a calculation transferring your Merits and Excellences from NCEA level 3 to points which are then counted up. Some university courses expects you to have at least a certain rank score and others use the rank score to select the students who are allowed into a course. If you have a certain rank score you may have a guaranteed place into some courses at certain universities. Use google and search for the Rank score calculator of the University you are interested in going to.

Grade Point Average - The Grade Point Average (GPA) calculations are done for each semester at university and cumulatively for your entire programme and is used to determine entry into honours and masters degrees.

Undergraduate: First degree taking usually 3 sometimes 4 years NCEA level 7
Honours: An extra year’s study after you graduated your degree NCEA level 8
Masters: Another higher level degree taking 2-3 years NCEA level 9
Doctoral: Another higher level degree taking 3-5 years NCEA level 10

Degree language
Major - The subject in your degree that you specialise in and take for all three years. This subject makes up about a third of your degree. An example is a BA majoring in English, a BSc majoring in Ecology, or a BComm majoring in Marketing. In most degrees you can take two majors. In some degrees the majors are preset and you have to take them and in other degrees you have a very wide choice.
Minor - Another subject in your degree which gives you lesser specialisation and which you take for than more than one year.
Conjoint degree -A specialised double degree programme that allows students to complete two three-year degrees within four years of full-time study. The time taken is shorter than a double degree and requires a good level of academic progress to stay in this programme.
Paper - A part of a university subject that you do for one semester or one year and get university credits for towards your degree. Another definition: A named set of lectures, tutorials, labs or field trips which gives credit towards a degree.
Semester - Half a year of academic study. Papers are these days often only 1 semester long.
Subject / Course - Both words used for an area of study such as History or Accounting or Genetics
Something that is required before you can be allowed before you do something else. For instance you need Mathematics for BComm
Time spent in a classroom or hall where a lecturer teaches for a period of time such as an hour.

An amount of money some organisation is willing to pay you to help pay for your studies, living expenses


Open Days at Tertiary Institutions

Several institutions are inviting students to come and get acquainted with the campus and working of the institution on Open Days

Students can register individually to attend these Open Days

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) School of Arts and Design

The 2017 date and event details will be announced over the next month

Massey University Auckland Campus

12 August 2017 Click the link to pre-register 

Waikato University

Friday 19 May 2017 Hamilton Campus Click the link for more information 

University of Auckland

Courses and Careers day Saturday 2 September  2017 Click the link for more information

University of Canterbury

Thursday 13 July 2017 Click the link for more information

University of Otago and Otago Polytech

Monday 8 May 2017 Click the link for more information

Victoria University

Friday 1 September 2017 Click the link for more information

Lincoln University

Friday 15 July 2017 Click the link for more information


Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics / Wananga website

These are tertiary (after school) training places for technical, educational and vocational education. The closest polytec to Otamatea High School is Northtec.

 Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design






Wednesday 31 May

CERTIFICATE programmes

Tuesday 20 June


Wednesday 9 August


Thursday 10 August


Wednesday 16 August


Thursday 17 August


University Websites

University of Auckland

Auckland University of Technology

Waikato University

Massey University

Victoria University

Canterbury University

Lincoln University

Otago University