Declined admission to Victoria

If you’ve applied to study at Victoria in 2018 and have been declined admission, entry into some courses or waitlisted—find out what your options are.

Check your results

Check your results with NZQA. Ask for information regarding your University Entrance status.

Short of credits?

If you’re a couple of credits short of University Entrance you need to contact your school as soon as possible. They may allow you to do assessments so you can gain the extra credits you need.

You’ll need to complete the work and your school will need to send it to NZQA. We require your updated results by Friday 16 February 2018.

Check your exam booklets and results

Review and carefully check your exam booklets and your internal results from the year. If you feel there has been a mistake in your results, contact your school and NZQA.

Find out what is involved in the reviews and reconsiderations process on the NZQA website.

Delay studying and get prepared

You can consider delaying your studies and re-apply for the next intake in Trimester 2 in July 2018.

To get prepared to study at Victoria you can take the first half of the year to:

  • complete a related level 4 qualification
  • enrol in a Certificate of University Preparation
  • complete standards/credits through Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu—The Correspondence School of New Zealand for University Entrance requirements.

See Entrance Level Qualification for more details.

*If you complete any study prior to applying to Victoria it needs to be at level 4 or higher to be eligible for admission.

Get advice to make sure you are completing the right courses/qualification and that it is relevant to what you want to study at Victoria.

Special Admission

Consider taking a gap year and applying for Special Admission.

You can apply for Special Admission if you’re over 20 years of age, are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident and you do not hold a recognised University Entrance Qualification.


If you’ve applied after the deadline you may be put on a waitlist. When a place becomes available in the courses or programme you chose, it will be offered to you.

Faculty decline

If you have University Entrance and the Guaranteed Entry Score, you will automatically be accepted into your first year programme.

You may not be successful in gaining admission into all the courses you applied for. This might be because you were not selected for a limited entry course, or may not have met the prerequisites (e.g. audition or theory requirements, NCEA level credits in a specific subject).

Declined entry by your Faculty—current students

Academic hold

If you have an academic hold on your record, you may be unsuccessful in gaining admission to study in 2018. To appeal, follow the instructions in the email/letter sent to you by the University.

Prerequisites and Limited entry courses

You might be unsuccessful in gaining admission into some courses because you have not completed the prerequisite courses for entry or you were not selected for a limited entry course.

If you want to apply for another course, contact your Faculty office.