Provisional Admission

If you do not achieve University Entrance but do meet certain academic requirements, you can start a Bachelor’s degree in a restricted programme of study.

The Provisional Admission category provides direct admission to Bachelor’s degrees under an initially restricted programme of study. In the first trimester, you will be supported to develop core skills that will set you up for success in your degree and additional support will be provided throughout your first year. As long as you pass your courses in that first trimester, you will be able to progress in your degree of choice.

Students accepted under Provisional Admission can enrol in most undergraduate programmes—see the programme options.


  • In your first trimester, you will be restricted to 2 courses. One of these courses will be EDUC 191: Introduction to Academic Studies—this course is offered in person only.
  • Your course schedule for your first year will be set for you based on your chosen degree and major. It will be set to a minimum of 100 points to ensure you are eligible for StudyLink.
  • If you pass your Trimester 1 courses, you will be able to change your programme but you will be required to discuss any changes with our advising staff.
  • If you fail any of your courses in the first trimester, you will be unable to continue studies toward your degree.
  • Provisional Admission is only available for students starting in Trimester 1.

Mandatory attendance and course engagement requirements

In addition to achieving overall pass marks in both Trimester 1 courses, you must:

  • Complete a University Readiness Quiz.
  • Attend an orientation session for EDUC 191 during Orientation week and complete some diagnostic tests during this week.
  • Attend all EDUC191 workshops unless an exemption is given by your Student Success Adviser prior to missed workshops.
  • Attend all Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions associated with your Trimester 1 subject course unless an exemption is given by your Student Success Adviser prior to missed sessions.
  • Attend designated workshops on time management and well-being management.

These requirements will apply unless alternative arrangements are introduced under COVID management conditions.


To be accepted for Provisional Admission to Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, you must have:

  • an NCEA Level 2 Certificate (or equivalent), and
  • at least 14 credits in approved subjects at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent), and
  • been enrolled in Year 13 at a New Zealand Secondary School.

Students over 20 years old who do not have University Entrance should apply through Special Admission.

Application process

  1. Apply for admission under the Provisional Admission category by 14 February 2022:
  2. Select the EDUC191 course only when you are prompted to enter your course selection.
  3. Select your degree and major.
  4. The University will enrol you in the appropriate courses for the degree and major you have selected.

If you have previously applied under the New Zealand University Entrance category, you should have received an email (by 21 January) with an offer for Provisional Admission. If you did not receive an email but believe you satisfy the requirements for Provisional Admission, please get in touch with us.

Programme options

Select a degree and a major to see the first-year course schedule.

Select your degree