School Subject Selection Advice

School Subjects Recommended as Preparation for Tertiary Study

When you are choosing your school subjects, it is important that you consider prerequisite (required) and recommended subjects for any courses in which you are interested. It is important to differentiate between required subjects – those that are needed to gain entry to a degree, and preparation subjects – those that are useful but not required to gain entry to a degree.
The following links will take you to various documents prepared by many of the tertiary institutions in order to assist high school students in their selection of subjects for their senior years.

University of Auckland Subject guide for School Students can be accessed here.

AUT University subject guide for School Leavers can be accessed here

Massey University recommended and required subjects can be accessed here

UNITEC courses outlined here 

University of Waikato guide can be accessed here

Victoria University subject guide can be accessed here

University of Canterbury “Best Preparation for University Study” guide can be accessed here

University of Otago recommended background subject guide can be accessed here

International students currently in the New Zealand secondary school system must note the requirements for New Zealand University Entrance. They cannot substitute IELTS or TOEFL for the AS English requirement to gain literacy.


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