CIE equivalence

If you have completed Cambridge International Examination (CIE), the following tables show what NCEA credits are considered equivalent to your results. This information is important when deciding whether you meet the entry criteria for programmes at Unitec. You may gain entry into Unitec programmes with a combination of grades from different qualifications.

Please note that the information below is subject to change.

CIE equivalence to NCEA Level 1 and New Zealand School Certificate

CIE IGCSENCEA Level 1 creditsSchool Certificate
Grade A/B24Grade A
Grade CA minimum of 18Grade B
Grade DA minimum of 12Grade C
Grade E/FA minimum of 6Grade D

CIE equivalence to NCEA Level 2 and New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate

CIE ASNCEA Level 2 creditsNZ Sixth Form Certificate
Grade A/BA minimum of 22Grade 1
Grade CA minimum of 19Grade 2
Grade DA minimum of 16Grade 3
Grade DA minimum of 13Grade 4
Grade EA minimum of 10Grade 5
 A minimum of 7Grade 6
 A minimum of 4Grade 7
 A minimum of 1Grade 8
A total of 80 credits in best four subject unitsA total of 60 credits in best four subjectsA total of 16 in best four subjects
A total of 120 credits in best four subject unitsA total of 48 credits in best four subjectsA total of 20 in best four subjects

CIE equivalence to New Zealand University Bursaries examinations

New Zealand University Bursaries 5 subject totalUCAS Tariff best 6 subject unit credit total
250160
270180
280200
300220
320240

The CIE criteria proposed below are based on the UCAS Tariff.

This allocates points to AS and A Level grades as set out below:

GradeDouble credit (A)Single credit (AS)
A12060
B10050
C8040
D6030
E4020

CIE level grade/mark parameters

GradeIGCSEAS and A level
A*90-100N/A
A80-8980-100
B70-7970-79
C60-6960-69
D50-5950-59
E40-4940-49
F30-39 

Entrance standards for undergraduate degrees

StandardNCEACIE
NumeracyA minimum of 14 credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the NQFA minimum of grade D in IGCSE Mathematics
LiteracyA minimum of eight credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (four credits must be in Reading and four credits in Writing)A minimum of grade E in AS English
General subjectsA minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the NQF, including: A minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from the approved list; and A further 14 credits at level 3 or higher from no more than two additional domains on the NQF or from approved subjectsA minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff from a maximum of three subject units from the approved list   A minimum grade D in at least three subject units from the approved list

Please note that you can apply with a mixture of NCEA and CIE standards. The NZVCC has addressed this issue and has determined that applicants meet the common entrance standard as long as they have achieved:

  • Either 14 credits in level 1 Mathematics or a D grade in IGCSE Mathematics
  • Either eight credits in level 2 English (four in Reading and four in Writing) or a D grade in AS English

Either 42 credits in NCEA level 3 (14 in two subjects; 14 from no more than two other subjects) or 120 points on the UCAS Tariff and at least three D grades in approved subjects.