Tertiary Pathways 2022


CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL SUBJECTS Most subjects at University can be started from an introductory level. Depending on what you want to study, you may need to take recommended subjects at school in preparation for particular courses or degrees. If you do not have the required background in a subject, in many cases you can take bridging courses as part of your study to prepare.

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Use this guide and the key below to help choose your school subjects.

ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING SCIENCE Arts, Design, Digital Technologies, Calculus, English, Physics, and Statistics are recommended. No portfolio is required. Students who don’t have 14 NCEA level 3 credits each in at least two of the following subjects—Calculus, Statistics and Physics—will need to include an introductory Applied Physics and Statistics course in their first-year programme.

Recommended subjects Physics Calculus Statistics Design


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Interior Architecture Landscape Architecture History and Theory Project Management



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BUSINESS Accounting, Business Studies, Calculus, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, Languages, Statistics, and essay- based subjects such as English and History will be useful for any Bachelor of Commerce degree, but most majors can be started without any specific background in that subject area. For Actuarial Science, Calculus is strongly recommended. COMMUNICATION There are no prerequisites for the Bachelor of Communication. All majors can be started from an introductory level in the first year. DESIGN INNOVATION Arts, Design, Digital Technologies, Graphics, Media Studies, and Technology are recommended for Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) students. Essay-based subjects are also highly recommended. No portfolio is required. Students who do not have 14 credits in an English-rich subject at NCEA Level 3 must complete a writing-skills course (WRIT 101 or WRIT 151) in their first year of the BDI.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington


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