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COURSE SELECTION - CAREERS


NCEA and future PATHWAYS

The information in this table is a brief summary provided by the Careers & Pathways team. The table shows the subjects necessary or highly recommended for the careers listed. The guidelines for any university degrees listed below are for single degree programmes and should only be used as a guide in conjunction with the individual providers’ own websites.


Career / Pathway

Level 1 NCEA

Level 2 NCEA

Level 3 NCEA

Apprenticeships: (including Building, Motor mechanic, Plumbing, Carpentry and Electrical)

Mathematics

 

Science (including some Physics)

 

English

Maths - recommended

 

English (for some)

 

Physics (for some)

 

STAR course in Trades recommended

 

Architecture:

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

Art & DVC

Mathematics

 

Physics

 

Painting, Design, or Photography

 

Product & Spatial Design

 

English

 

alternatives:

Statistics

History

Geography

University of Auckland

 

Portfolio of work

 

Painting, Design, or Photography

 

Product & Spatial Design

 

English or  Geography or History

 

+ at least 1 of:

Calculus

Physics

Statistics

 

Victoria University:

 

Calculus (preferred over Statistics)

 

Physics

 

recommended

Product & Spatial Design

 

Painting, Design, or Photography

 

Unitec

recommended

Painting, Design, or Photography

 

Product & Spatial Design

Army, Navy, Airforce: most trades require

Mathematics

 

Science (including some Physics)

 

English

Maths

 

English

 

one Science

 

(Check specific role requirement)

For Officer Entry -

UE is required

a degree in a related field is preferred (eg Engineering)

Arts degrees:

 

Bachelors in

Communications

Humanities

Journalism

Psychology

 

Bachelors in

Performing Arts

Creative Arts

 

 

 

 

 

Any of:

Drama, English, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, etc

 

 

 

Any of:

Art, Dance, Drama, English-Media, Music, etc

 

 

Any of:

Drama, English, Geography, History, Languages, Media Studies, Music, Statistics, etc

 

 

Any of:

Dance, Design, Drama, English, Media Studies, Music, Photography, etc 

 

 

Any of:

Drama, English, Geography, History, Languages, Media Studies, Music, Statistics, etc

 

 

Any of:

Dance, Design, Drama, English, Media Studies, Music, Photography, etc  

Business/Commerce degrees:

Accounting and Economics can be started at university, however studies are easier if these subjects have been studied at school

 

English

 

Mathematics

 

Accounting

 

Economics

 

Business Studies

English

 

Mathematics (or Statistics if not majoring in Economics)

 

Accounting

 

Economics

 

Business Studies

University of Auckland

 

Rank score

 

+ Mathematics (if majoring in Economics)

 

any 3 from:

Table A  and/or Table B subjects  

 

Other universities

Rank score  +UE

Business/Commerce Diplomas & Certificates:

 

NZ Diploma in Business at MIT

 

 

 

Mathematics 14cr L1

 

English

 

recommended any of:

Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, History, Geography

 

 

 

Mathematics or Statistics

 

English 12cr (at least Writing 4 & Reading 4)

or

Te Reo 12cr

 

+ 50 credits at Level 2  with a least 12 credits in 3 other subjects

 

Computer Aided Design:

Mathematics

 

English

 

DVC

Mathematics

 

English

 

DVC

 

Physics

Mathematics

 

English

 

DVC

 

Physics

Computing/

Computer Science:

Mathematics

 

Science (including some Physics)

 

English

 

Digital Technology

Mathematics

 

Physics

 

English

 

NCEA or STAR courses in Computing could be an advantage

Calculus (preferred over Mathematics)

 

Physics

 

English

 

NCEA or STAR courses in Computing could be an advantage

+ Rank score if required

Dentistry:

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

Mathematics

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Biology

 

English

Universty of Otago

preferred

Calculus

 

Physics

 

Chemistry

 

Biology

 

English

Engineering Degrees:

Civil

Mechanical

Electrical

Software

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

Mathematics

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

English (or language rich such as History)

 

Digital Technology (AUT recommended)

University of Auckland

 

Rank score

+

Externals in Calculus

Externals in Physics

 

University of Canterbury

UE

+

Calculus

Physics

Chemistry

Language rich useful

 

AUT University

UE

+

Maths, Calculus or Statistic

Physics

IDT or Digital Technology

English

 

Other universities

UE

+

Calculus

Physics

Language rich useful

Engineering Diplomas & Certificates:

 

Certificate in Pre-Degree Studies (Engineering) at MIT

 

 

 

 

NZ Diploma of Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical) at MIT

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

 

 

English 8cr (including Reading 4 and Writing 4)

 

Mathematics 14cr or Physics 14cr

 

 

28cr in four subjects:

including at least 12cr in Mathematics

 

Fine Art & Design Degrees:

Fashion

Product

Graphic Communication

Landscape

Spatial

Textile

Visual art/s

Mathematics

 

English

 

Art

 

DVC

Design

Painting

Photography

 

DVC

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Mathematics (or Statistics recommended for Product and Spatial design)

Most universities and PTEs require a portfolio and an interview

 

Design

Painting

Photography

 

DVC

 

 (or English or language rich such as History or Geography)

Food Science & Culinary Arts Degrees:

 

Food Technology at Massey University (Albany)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culinary Arts at AUT University

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Science

 

Food Technology

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Science

 

Food Technology

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Physics

 

Chemistry

 

Food Technology

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

a Science

 

Food Technology

 

Hospitality (recommended but not a university approved course)

 

 

 

 

Calculus

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Physics

 

Chemistry

 

 

UE

+ an interest in cooking and food operations

Food Service, Hospitality, Patisserie Certificates and Diplomas

Mathematics

 

English

 

Food Technology

Mathematics

 

English

 

Hospitality

 

Usually require a minimum of 48 Level 2 credits

 

NSIA has a minimum age requirement of 17 years

usually requires a minimum of 48 Level 2 credits age requirement of 17 years and

 

Health Sciences and Medical degrees:

Health Science First Year

Biomedical Science

Pharmacy

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Science

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English

High rank score + check university websites (University of Auckland or University of Otago) for additional requirements

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Mathematics (Calculus or Statistics)

 

English  (or English or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Physics (required for University of Otago, preferred for University of Auckland)

Laboratory & Medical Science degrees

Laboratory Science

Medical Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupational Therapy

Mathematics

 

English

 

Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Science

 

Health & PE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Science

 

Health & PE

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English

 

Health & PE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English

 

Health & PE

AUT University

 

Mathematics (Calculus or Statistics)

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Massey University

 

Mathematics (Calculus or Statistics)

 

Biology

 

Chemistry (preferred)

 

University of Auckland

Table A & Table B requirement

 

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English (or English or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

+ 1 of:

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

AUT University

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English (or English or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

+ 1 of:

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

AUT University

Mathematics (or Statistics)

 

English (or English or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

+ 1 of:

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

Otago Polytechnic

UE

 

 + Rank score if required

Law degrees:

high First Year Law performance leads to second year law selection

English

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

Drama

 

History, Geography or language rich

English

 

Mathematics or Statistics

 

depending on initial degree:

Physics, History, Geography, Drama, Economics, Language

A high standard of English skills required

 

University of Auckland

Rank score and courses for another degree

 

AUT University, Victoria University

Rank score

Nannying Certificates & Diplomas

English

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

Health & PE

English

 

Statistics

 

Health & PE

 

Early Childhood Gateway recommended

 

Usually only require Level 2

 

English

 

Statistics

 

Health & PE

 

Early Childhood Gateway recommended

 

Performing arts Certificates, Diplomas and training

Mathematics

 

English

 

Dance

Drama

 

Music

 

any experience in performance useful

Dance

 

Drama

 

Music

English

 

any experience in performance useful

usually Level 2 or UE required with audition and interview

 

Dance

 

Drama

 

Music

Physical Education, Sports and Recreation degrees

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

Health & PE

Mathematics

 

Biology

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Health & PE (biomechanics standards useful)

 

Physics (preferred for University of Otago and Sports Science degree)

UE+ Rank score if required

Physiotherapy

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

Health & PE

Mathematics

 

Sciences (check specific university courses)

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Health & PE (biomechanics standards useful)

 

 

AUT University

UE

Biology, Chemistry, Physics useful

 

University of Otago

Rank score if required +

 

Mathematics (Calculus or Statistics)

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Pilot

 

Bachelor of Aviation at Massey University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private training

 

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

 

Mathematics

 

Physics and Chemistry

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

 

Usually require Level 2 and ADAPT Pre-screen testing

 Rank score if required +

 

Calculus

 

Mathematics

 

Physics

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

Police

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

Health & PE

English Level 2 10cr

 

Mathematics

 

Health & PE

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award recommended

Normally continue to a degree or full time employment before joining the Police

Science degrees:

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

English

 

Any of:

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Mathematics

 

Geography

 

PE

UE (and Rank Score)

+

English (or language rich such as History)

 

Depending on major, any of:

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Mathematics

 

Geography

 

PE

Social work and Counselling degrees

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

Statistics

 

Biology and / or Chemistry

 

English

Some have an age restriction of 20+

refer to providers

 

UE

+

ALC National Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 recommended

Teaching degrees

 

Early Childhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondary

 

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

Health & PE

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

 

Art

 

Music

 

 

Mathematics

Science

English

 

 

Mathematics or Statistics

 

Biology

 

English

 

Health & PE

 

Early Childhood Gateway recommended

 

 

Mathematics

 

any Science

 

English

 

Painting

 

Music

 

 

English +

other specialist courses

UE + Rank score if required

with at least 4 courses from the approved subject list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UE + Rank score if required

with at least 4 courses from the approved subject list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UE + Rank score if required

with at least 4 courses from the approved subject list

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management degrees

 

Hospitality Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel & Tourism Management

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Accounting

 

Business Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

English

 

Accounting

 

Business Studies

 

 

 

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Statistics

 

Accounting

 

Hospitality or Travel & Tourism (recommended but not a university approved course)

 

English (or language rich such as History or Geography)

 

Statistics

 

Geography

 

Travel & Tourism Gateway (recommended but not a university approved course)

 

 

 

 

UE

with an English rich course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UE

with an English rich course

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Certificates and Diplomas

Mathematics

 

English

 

Business Studies

Mathematics

 

English

 

Business Studies

 

Hospitality or Travel & Tourism Gateway

English rich course

 

Business Studies

 

Hospitality or Travel & Tourism Gateway

 

Usually Level 2 required with some work experience recommended

Veterinary Science degree

high Pre-selection phase performance leads to second semester Professional-phase selection

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Biology

 

Mathematics

 

English

Massey University

80 hours volunteer work experience

+ Rank Score with

UE with preferred:

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Mathematics

English  (or language rich such as History)

Veterinary Technology degree

high Pre-selection phase performance leads to second semester Professional-phase selection

Mathematics

 

Science

 

English

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Biology

 

Mathematics

 

English

Massey University

Rank score with preferred:

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Mathematics

English  (or language rich such as History)


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