Domestic students

Domestic Students

BHSc  Domestic Students Entry Criteria

Candidates must demonstrate they meet the University Entrance requirements as defined by NZQA or fulfil one of the following modes of entrance:

– Admission ad eundem statum

– Special Admission

– Discretionary entrance

NCEA University Entrance Standard:

Candidates must have:

  • A minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework(NQF), including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from the approved NZQA subject list; a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the NQF Framework or approved subjects
  • A minimum of 10 credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics on the NQF
  • A minimum of 10 credits at level 2 or higher on the NQF in English; 5 credits must be in Reading and 5 credits must be in Writing

Cambridge International Examinations: 

Candidates must have:

  • 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level from any syllabus groups from those available in NZ which are broadly equivalent to those in the approved list of subjects for NCEA with an minimum grade of D in at least three different syllabus groups ( excluding Thinking Skills);
  • A minimum D pass in IGCSE or GCSE Mathematics or any mathematics passed at AS level ;
  • A minimum E pass in any AS English

Other Qualifications:

May be deemed equivalent to the university entrance standard either on their own or in combination with NCEA (as specified by the NZ universities vice chancellors committee)

Special Admission and Mature entry :

Persons over the age of  20 years who are NZ or Australian citizens or Permanent Residents may enrol without having obtained university entrance at the decision of the Programme Management Team (PMT).

Applicants who do not meet all the entry requirements should contact NZCCM to explore their options. Subject to the NZCCM Board’s statutory powers to decline enrolment, a person may enrol for the first year Bachelor of Health Science programme if the Academic Director/PMT  is of the opinion that the applicant could undertake the programme with  reasonable prospects of success and the applicant meets the English level entry requirement.

Discretionary Entrance:

The Discretionary Entrance Regulations  provide a route to university study for students who have not continued secondary education beyond Year 12. The chief features of the regulations are as follows:

  • They apply only to New Zealand or Australian citizens and permanent residents under 20 years of age.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 14 credits in an approved subject at Level 2 towards NCEA.
  • Applicants must also have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance.
  • A reference from a school principal or other suitable person is required and there will be an interview.
  • Students who have undertaken Year 13 study beyond 1 June in any year are ineligible to apply in the same year but may be considered for mid-year admission in the following year.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • If a domestic student is not a native speaker of English, he/she must demonstrate his/her command of English is equivalent to the NZ University Entrance requirements and of a level of proficiency and capability relevant to the level of programme to enable them to be successful in their studies, Or students must provide evidence of full time study within a New Zealand school for a period of two (2) years and proof that they have completed a minimum of NCEA level 2.
  • NZCCM welcomes those who intend to graduate as practitioners of Chinese medicine, and our support services are intended to assist students with any health issues or disability on a path towards confident, independent professional practice. Any such issues must be stated clearly in the Enrolment Form/Health Declaration and will be discussed during the interview, allowing NZCCM to consider whether appropriate support can be provided, and the likelihood of the applicant’s ability to meet professional requirements and practice independently on completion of the  programme.
  • Applicants are required to declare all criminal or pending criminal convictions with their enrolment.

Assessment of Prior Learning:

Applicants who believe they already have the experience or knowledge to achieve the learning outcomes of a course or courses may seek Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) by completing the application form and paying the $100.00 application fee. If the application is successful this may reduce the number of courses necessary to gain the qualification.   APL may be awarded up to a maximum of 33% of the total programme credits. Credits are not available for level 7 courses.

Appeal against non-selection:

Any applicant who is refused permission  to enrol or who objects to any condition of enrolment imposed can within 10 working days of being notified of the decision, appeal in writing to the Chair of Academic Board.

Selection / Interview Procedure

All domestic students will be interviewed prior to their enrolment application being accepted.

  • The student will be assessed for skills relating to their prospective study and to ensure they have a fair chance of success on the study they have selected.
  • Any special learning needs will be identified as part of the interview process
  • English language ability is checked. If an applicant is declined due to English language levels, they can be assessed and referred to appropriate English course, or can enrol with NZCCM to meet the English language criteria.
  • Applicants career aspirations will be discussed to determine a match between them and the educational opportunities of the College.

The result of all enrolment applications will be presented to the applicant in writing. The registration fee will be refunded in full to all declined applicants

Students wishing to transfer from another provider

Any applicant wishing to transfer from another institution must agree to the following documentation being passed directly between the registrars of the institutions involved:

  • A certified transcript of qualifications and courses, and any results

The information received in relation to a transferring student will be examined by the Programme Management Team and a decision made whether to accept or decline the application for admission. The decision of the PMT is final and there is no appeal against this decision.

Note:   For further enrolment information please contact NZCCM administration staff

NZ Certificate in Chinese Medicine Health Maintenance – Level 4

Domestic students must be at least 18 years of age ,[provide proof of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency , and undertake an interview before being enrolled to ascertain whether they have a genuine desire to complete this course.

NZ Certificate in English Language  – Level 4

There are no mandatory pre requisites to meet regulatory , or legislative requirements for this qualification, however students must be 18 years of age or over at the time of enrolment .

It is desired that learners have an achievement in NZ Certificate in English Language (level 3) or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

All learners must sit an entry test prior to enrolment to ensure that the programme of study chosen is appropriate and that they will have a reasonable chance of success.

Enrolment Fee

The $200 Enrolment Fee for students must be paid when you lodge your Enrolment application. This fee is only refundable if your application is declined or your course does not take place.

All course fees are determined by the Board of NZCCM and may be reviewed annually and in line with Tertiary Education Commission guidelines and approval.  Students are required to pay tuition fees in full prior to the commencement of courses.


Enrolment Application Process

 Step 1


Please read all the information provided in this section of the Prospectus. Then fill in the Enrolment Form and compile all the required attachment documents.


Step 2

Enrolment Fee and Interview

Send us or bring in your completed Enrolment Form and Enrolment Fee of $200 as soon as you can together with the required documents to avoid missing out on your place of study.

The interview is designed as an opportunity for you to ask any questions and find out information you require to assess the course meets your personal career and study goals and for NZCCM to see that the intended qualification is suitable for you, any special needs you may have, and your likely ability to complete the study requirements, including English language ability.


Step 3

Conditional Offer of Place

After your interview , we will complete the selection process and write to successful applicants with an offer of place which means your enrolment will be complete once your pay the invoice included with the letter.

Step 4

Enrolment Completed

If you are accepted to the desired course you will receive a timetable , and a letter welcoming you to orientation after your fees have been paid. Where the College declines an application for enrolment the applicant is informed in writing. The Enrolment  Fee will be refunded in full to all declined applicants. If your application was declined because your English language does not meet the entry level, your can undertake an assessment with an appropriate provider and/or enrol with NZCCM or with another appropriate English Language training college.

Step 5

Documentation Completed

Public Trust documentation must be signed and initialled before any tuition fee is paid to NZCCM. This must be completed within five working days of starting the course – ie during the first week. Students who do not complete the fee payment documentation will be suspended from class, unless they have written exemption from NZCCM.