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How to prepare for your Undergraduate degree at Otago

So you're interested in studying business at Otago - you probably have questions such as:

  • What grades do I need at secondary school?
  • What subjects are best to take at school?
  • I've never studied Business before, is that a problem?

This page aims to provide a basic information to help you on the way to your business degree.

For High School Students Wanting to Study Business

While there are no prerequisite subjects for completing a Bachelor of Commerce, we strongly recommend students still at secondary school study English and Maths (e.g. Statistics) to Year 13 (Level 3 NCEA).

Because the business world is truly global, we also recommend studying a language - although you can always pick one up as an interest paper once you get to Otago.

Are There Limited Places Available in the BCom Programme?

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is one of many degrees at Otago with 'managed enrolments'. This means there is a 'cap', or a maximum number of students that can enrol in a BCom each year.

Caps have been introduced with selection primarily based on academic merit. The selection process also includes an enhanced system for Māori and Pacific applicants.

Otago University Entrance Pathways

There are two pathways for admission to the BCom for new domestic undergraduate students (and certain students who have enrolled at Otago previously):

Further information about University entrance pathways and requirements is available on the University of Otago website.

And If You Don't Have University Entrance...

If you have not achieved the required entrance qualification at secondary school or failed to gain entry through either Preferential or Competitive entry, you may still be able to complete a Foundation Year.


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