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Entry into BE(Hons)

Studying engineering is fascinating and highly rewarding but it is also demanding. Before you enter your first-year in engineering, we check that you have the required background in mathematics and physics to succeed.

Entry tracks

Depending on your learning background, you have three possible entry tracks into the engineering first-year.

Direct entry track

This track proceeds directly with the first-year of engineering without additional preparation.

Minimum requirements:

  • University Entrance
  • 16 credits in Mathematics with Calculus in NCEA at Level 3 (or equivalent), preferably including:
    • Apply the algebra of complex numbers in solving problems (91577)
    • Apply integration methods in solving problems (91579)
  • 14 credits in Physics in NCEA at Level 3 (or equivalent), preferably including:
    • Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems (91524)
    • Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems (91526)
  • 16 credits in Chemistry in NCEA at Level 3 (or equivalent) if you are interested in Chemical & Biological, Environmental, or Materials and Process Engineering

Is this track right for you?

We recommend this track to students who have achieved at least Merits in their internal NCEA standards in Calculus and Physics and expect to achieve at least Merits in each of the specified external NCEA standards above.

Jumpstart entry track

This track starts with two papers in H trimester (Jan.-Feb.) before the national release of external NCEA results. The main goal of these papers is to fill-in knowledge gaps and fully prepare students to enter the BE(Hons) first-year in March (A trimester) of the same year.

Minimum requirements:

  • University Entrance (anticipated)
  • 14 credits in Calculus at NCEA Level 2
  • 14 credits in Physics at NCEA Level 2
  • 8 credits in Mathematics and/or Physics at NCEA Level 3

Is this track right for you?

We recommend all prospective students to join the jumpstart programme. Here's why:

  • Score at least 65% (B-) in the jumpstart papers to guarantee your entry into the BE(Hons) first-year with University Entrance, regardless of your external NCEA results
  • Fill-in gaps in your understanding of critical mathematics and physic concepts and applications
  • Join at no additional cost if you qualify for the fees-free scheme
  • Make new friends and become familiar with the university learning environment ahead of starting a BE(Hons)
  • If you struggle in jumpstart, transfer to the Two-trimester entry track starting in A trimester (March) to fully-prepare yourself to undertake a BE(Hons)

What papers should you take as prerequisites for BE(Hons) entry?

Guaranteed entry into the BE(Hons) first-year requires at least a B- in the specified prerequisite papers.

  • Compulsory

Two-trimester entry track

This track targets students who need strengthening in basic maths, physics and computing. Students can start in March (A trimester) or July (B trimester) and runs to two-trimesters leading up to beginning of the BE(Hons) first-year in March (A trimester) of the following year.

Minimum requirements:

  • 14 credits in Mathematics or Physics at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent), or
  • Discretionary entry for mature students

Is this track right for you?

This track is designed for prospective students who

  • Do not have University Entrance,
  • Want to re-train as a professional engineering but have been away from full-time study for a significant period, and/or
  • Struggled in Calculus and Physics at NCEA Level 2 or 3 with insufficient credits to enter the Jumpstart entry track

What papers should you take as prerequisites for BE(Hons) entry?

Guaranteed entry into the BE(Hons) first-year requires at least a B- in the specified prerequisite papers.

A trimester start
  • Compulsory
  • Elective
B trimester start
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Fast Track Graduate Programme

If you have a relevant degree, you may be able to complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) over two years through our new Fast Track graduate programme. This new accelerated programme has been specially designed for skilled workers whose jobs may have been affected by COVID-19.

View more information here

Applying to study engineering

Once you have identified the best entry track for you, start your application process by creating a MyWaikato account and selecting the BE(Hons) as your qualification.

View the application process