Tertiary Education

As with the secondary qualifications, it is hard for the education providers to give us general information that will apply to everyone. They are very happy for people to contact them for individual enquiries.

If your child wants to go on to tertiary learning there are several ways to get admission depending on the institute.


You need to be a ‘domestic’ student.

And fulfill one of the following:

  • University Entrance Standard ie via NCEA, ACE, Cambridge etc
  • Special Admission – be aged 20 or over and a NZ or Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Discretionary Entrance – aged under 20, minimum of 14 points NCEA level 2 and meet numeracy and literacy standards for UE

For direct admission information from the universities, click on any of the links below.


Polytechnics and other 

Polytechs tend to offer a range of qualifications ie degrees, diplomas and certificates. There are differences between entry requirements for the different courses and between institutes. Some of them offer FREE courses.

Polytechs offer ‘Youth Guarantee’ courses. These are aimed at students who are leaving school with no formal qualifications and are generally free for 16-18 year olds. They can be used as a stepping stone to higher qualifications or to get recognized entry level skills for various careers.

Some of the institutes readily accessible in the Wellington region:

Open Polytechnic
Te Wananga O Aotearoa (lots of free courses)
Universal College of Learning
Wellington Institute of Technology (free foundation courses for under 25s)
Whitireia Community Polytechnic
New Zealand Institute of Sport
The Learning Connexion
Te Whaea