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Pathways into the Diploma in University Studies

The following pathways are the minimum entry standards that have been approved for admission and are correct at the time of publishing. Admission staff encourage applicants with alternative qualifications to apply for individual assessments.

Pathways into the Diploma in University Studies

The following pathways are the minimum entry standards that have been approved for admission and are correct at the time of publishing. Admission staff encourage applicants with alternative qualifications to apply for individual assessments.

Diploma in University Studies (two-semester pathway) Diploma in University Studies (three-semester pathway)
New Zealand 38 NCEA credits at Level 3 or higher (including three approved subjects with a minimum of 10 credits in each subject, plus UE literacy and numeracy)
OR
Any LincolnFirst Level 4 programme with high achievement
32 NCEA credits at Level 3 or higher (including 20 credits over two approved subjects with a minimum of 10 credits in each subject, plus UE literacy and numeracy)
OR
Any LincolnFirst Level 4 programme with high achievement
OR
Any LincolnFirst Level 3 programme with high achievement
Australia Year 12 Certificate and ATAR of 62 or higher Year 12 Certificate and ATAR of 60 or higher
OR
Queensland OP at 15 or lower
Bangladesh Year 12 Higher Secondary Certificate with a minimum GPA of 4.5 Year 12 Higher Secondary Certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.75
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio with an average of 7.0 in four academic courses Certificado de Ensino Medio with an average of 6.0 in four academic courses
Brunei Darussalam GCE A levels with passes in two academic courses with one at grade C, or better GCE AS level with passes in three academic courses, or GCE A levels with passes in two academic courses
China Senior High School Graduation Diploma, 85% overall average over four academic subjects over three years, excluding English, Chinese and politics
OR
Senior High School Graduation plus one year of further study at a recognised institution
OR
Gaokao score,  65% - 69%
Senior High School Graduation Diploma, 70% overall average over four academic subjects over three years, excluding English, Chinese and politics
OR
Gaokao score, 60% - 64%
Fiji Fiji Form 7 with an aggregate of 200 marks out of 400 over 4 subjects School Leaving Certificate, with a B in English and Mathematics and passes in all other courses with an overall score of 240 or higher
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), at least two passes at level 4, or better Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), at least two passes at level 2, or better
India Year 12 All India Senior School Certificate with a minimum average of 60% Year 12 All India Senior School Certificate with a minimum average of 55% over four academic courses
Indonesia An average grade of 86 over the National Exam (SMA/SMK) and the School Exam results

An average grade of 71 in either:

  • National Exam (SMA/SMK), or
  • National Exam (SMA/SMK) and the School Exam results
International Baccalaureate (IB) On application. Minimum diploma score 22 On application. Minimum diploma score 20
Japan Senior High School Kotogakko Certificate 3.5 average over 3 years Senior High School Kotogakko Certificate 3 average over 3 years
Malaysia Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with a maximum of 21 over 6 subjects
OR
STPM, 2 principal passes
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with a maximum of 24 over 6 subjects
OR
STPM, 3 passes with at least 1 principal pass OR
SPM, A average
Middle Eastern Countries 85% average in academic subjects, including mathematics 75% average in academic subjects
Pakistan One year successful study towards a bachelor degree at a recognised institution Higher Secondary or Intermediate Certificate 70% average in four academic courses
Papua New Guinea Year 12 Higher School Certificate or Upper Secondary School results with 85% average (or an average of A) over five courses, and a minimum C grade in Mathematics
OR
Successful two year diploma from a recognised instiution
Year 12 Higher School Certificate or Upper Secondary School results with 75% average  (or an average of B) over five courses, and a minimum C grade in mathematics
Philippines High School Diploma (Grade 12) with an average 85%, or better High School Diploma (Grade 12) with an average 70%, or better
Russia Successful completion of Certificate of Unified State Examination Certificate of Secondary School: Attestat with 3.5 or higher in four academic courses, including mathmatics
Singapore Minimum of 3 H2 passes with at least 2 at grade C, or better A minimum of 2 H2 passes in academic subjects
Solomon Islands Pacific Senior Secondary certificate (Grade 3 or better) Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (Grade 4 or better)
South Africa Successful completion of the National Senior Certificate with a matriculation endorsement for further study at either Higher Certificate, Diploma or Degree level Senior Certificate, on application
South Korea Senior High School Diploma with a minimum average of 80% in four academic subjects, or better Senior High School with 60% average in four academic courses, or better
Sri Lanka GCE A levels with passes in two academic courses with one at C, or better Sir Lankan GCE A levels with at least 2 A level passes
Taiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate with a minimum average of 85% across four courses Senior High School Year 3 with a 70% minimum average across four academic courses
Thailand Matayom 6 with an average grade of 3.5 Matayom 6 with an average grade of 2.5
United Kingdom GCE A levels with passes in two academic courses with one at grade C or better GCE A levels with passes in two academic courses
United States of America High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum SAT score of 1110, or ACT 22 High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum SAT score of 950, or ACT 18
Vanuatu Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (Grade 3 or better) Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (Grade 4 or better)
Vietnam Year 12 with a 8.0 average in four academic courses Year 12 with a 6.5 average in four academic courses
Western Samoa Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (Grade 3 or better) Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (Grade 4 or better)
 

English Language Requirements

 
IELTS (Academic) TOEFL Cambridge Lincoln's EAP
Diploma in University Studies (two-semester pathway) 5.5, with no individual component less than 5.5 53 iBT
(Writing 18)  
Overall CAE or FCE score of 162, with no individual component less than 162 60%, with no individual component less than 60%
Diploma in University Studies (three-semester pathway) 5.5, with 5.5 for reading and writing, and with no individual component less than 5.0 46 iBT
(Writing 18)
Overall CAE or FCE score of 162, with reading and writing not less than 162 and speaking and listening not less than 154 60%
 
If you need to improve your English skills before applying for one of the Lincoln University preparation qualifications, see our English Language programmes.