Because the International Baccalaureate is a two-year diploma that secondary school students usually do in Years 12 and 13, the equivalence is only to NCEA Level 3.

Admission requirements for Unitec programmes are stated on the programmes pages on this website. The International Baccalaureate admission criteria will not be explicitly stated for each programme. You may gain admission into Unitec programmes with a combination of grades from different qualifications.

Please note that the information below is subject to change. Find the most up to date IB requirements.

International Baccalaureate equivalence to NCEA Level 3

If you have completed the International Baccalaureate, you will meet the general admission requirements for an undergraduate degree if you:

  • Have a minimum total of 24 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP); and
  • Meet the literacy requirements by having at least four points in an English-rich subject in the IBDP; and
  • Meet the numeracy requirements by having at least four points in maths in the IBDP or by meeting the necessary numeracy requirements by some other means.

Please be aware that some Unitec programmes have further programme-specific admission requirements. For more information about this, please refer to the admission requirements for the programme you're interested in.