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Subject guide for school students

This subject guide shows the year 13 subjects at school that can be useful preparation for our Bachelor of Science programme.

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 preparation subjects listed in this guide are only suggested and do not affect entry to the University.

For all degree programmes, school leavers must have a university entrance qualification based on NCEA, CIE or IB, and meet the entry requirements for their programme of study. For full information on the requirements for entry and rank scores see entry requirements.

The University of Auckland recommends that students choose school subjects that match those from the NCEA
approved subject list. For the approved subject list see the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

Subject guide for school students


Programme   School subjects required and/or recommended
Bachelor of Science 
(BSc)
Students will be selected on the basis of their rank score. See the list below for recommended preparation subjects relating to the majors. English-rich subjects are useful for any major, particularly those marked.
 

Additional subjects for preparation
*Useful  **Recommended  ***Strongly recommended


English-rich refers to Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majors Chemistry Biology Physics Statistics Calculus Other subjects
Anthropological Science   *   *   ** English-rich
Biological Sciences ** **   *   ** English-rich
Biomedical Science *** ** * * One of either ** English-rich
Biotechnology ** **   * One of either  
Chemistry **   * * One of either  
Computer Science     *   **

** English-rich
* Digital technologies

Data Science     * * One or both

** English-rich
* Digital technologies

Earth Sciences *   * * One of either Geography
Ecology * *   **   Geography
Environmental Science   *   ** One of either Geography
Exercise Sciences * ** *     * Physed
Food Science & Nutrition ** ** * ** One of either  
Geography       ** * Geography
Geophysics     *   *  
Information Systems     * ** One of either Geography 
Logic and Computation       * *  
Marine Science ** **   *    
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics       ** ** ** English-rich
Medicinal Chemistry *** ** ** * One of either ** English-rich
Pharmacology *** ** ** * One of either ** English-rich
Physics   * ***   **  
Physiology *** ** ** * One of either ** English-rich
Psychology   **   **   ** English-rich
Statistics       ** ** * English-rich