How you're selected - applicants with NCEA

To be eligible for entry applicants with the NCEA must have completed at least 80 credits at Level 3.

To satisfy prerequisites (including English) you will need to complete at least 18 Level 3 credits in the subject with at least 10 credits achieved with merit or above.

The entry requirements for NCEA applicants are:

Course Minimum in best 80 credits* Prerequisites to be completed at NCEA Level 3
Agriculture 0.76 English and Mathematics and Statistics
Arts 0.83 English
Biomedicine 0.93 English, Chemistry and Mathematics with Calculus
Commerce 0.87 English and Mathematics with Calculus
Design 0.83 English
Oral Health 0.83 English and Biology or Chemistry
Science 0.83 English, Mathematics with Calculus and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics

* For domestic applicants (New Zealand citizens and Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents) the selection rank required for offer may be higher than the minimum depending on demand for the course and the number of places available. Only applicants eligible for special entry schemes will be admitted below the minimum.

The University of Melbourne calculates your average in your best 80 Level 3 credits by assigning the following values:

  • 5 for each excellent credit
  • 3.5 for each merit credit
  • 2.5 for each achieved credit

The total of all these is then divided by 400 (the maximum possible) to get your overall score.

Example 1

Brett is a New Zealand citizen (considered a domestic applicant to study in Australia) who has completed the NCEA with the following results:

Subject Total achieved credits Achieved with excellence Achieved with meritAchieved
Chemistry 21 6 15 0
Economics 24 10 9 5
Physics 19 3 4 12
English 20 8 8 4
Calculus 26 9 17 0
TOTALS 110 36 53 21

Brett has completed more than 80 credits at Level 3 so he meets the first entry requirement.

Brett has satisfied the chemistry, English and calculus prerequisites because he has more than 18 credits in each subject including more than 10 achieved with merit or higher. He has not satisfied the physics prerequisite because he does not have 10 credits achieved with merit or higher.

Brett’s overall score would be calculated as:

  • 36 credits achieved with excellence x 5 = 180
  • 44 credits achieved with merit x 3.5 = 154

Note: we calculate over the best 80 credits. So all credits achieved with excellence are included (up to a total of 80), then we move down until the total credits in the calculation equals 80. So, in this case we only use 44 credits achieved with merit as, when added to the credits achieved with excellence, that equals 80.

Add the two totals together:

  • 180 + 154 = 334

Then divide by 400 (the maximum possible score):

  • 334 ÷ 400 = 0.835

With this score and the prerequisites he has satisfied Brett would be eligible for an offer for the Bachelor of Agriculture, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Oral Health or the Bachelor of Science. Although he is eligible for an offer, whether he receives one depends on the selection rank offered to in the intake he applies for (because Brett will be a domestic applicant seeking a Commonwealth supported place).

He has the prerequisites but not the score for an offer for the Bachelor of Biomedicine or Bachelor of Commerce.

Example 2

Murray is a New Zealand permanent resident (considered an international applicant to study in Australia) who has completed the NCEA with the following results:

Subject Total achieved credits Achieved with excellence Achieved with meritAchieved
Classical Studies 20 16 4 0
English 23 11 4 8
Technology 20 16 4 0
Business Studies 17 17 0 0
Statistics 20 12 8 0
TOTALS 100 72 20 8

Murray has completed more than 80 credits at Level 3 so he meets the first entry requirement.

Murray has satisfied the English and statistics prerequisites because he has more than 18 credits in each subject including more than 10 achieved with merit or higher.

Murray’s overall score would be calculated as:

  • 72 credits achieved with excellence x 5 = 360
  • 8 credits achieved with merit x 3.5 = 28

Note: we calculate over the best 80 credits. So all credits achieved with excellence are included (up to a total of 80), then we move down until the total credits in the calculation equals 80. So, in this case we only use 8 credits achieved with merit as, when added to the credits achieved with excellence, that equals 80.

Add the two totals together:

  • 360 + 28 = 388

Then divide by 400 (the maximum possible score):

  • 388 ÷ 400 = 0.97

With this score and the prerequisites he has satisfied Murray would be eligible for an offer for the Bachelor of Agriculture, Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Design.

He has the score for an offer but has not met the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Oral Health or the Bachelor of Science.