Waikato Pathways College

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements for Waikato Pathways College

To enrol at Waikato Pathways College, you need to have a minimum level of English language proficiency (IELTS score or equivalent). If you are planning to study the Foundation programme, you also need to meet the academic entry requirements for your home country listed below. Entry requirements vary by programme.

When you have completed your programme at Waikato Pathways College, you can progress to a degree at the University of Waikato, provided you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Foundation Studies

Country Standard foundation programme Accelerated foundation programme
Argentina Título de Bachiller – grade average of 7.0 (lowest passing grade of 6) Título de Bachiller – grade average of 8.0 (lowest passing grade of 6)
Australia Successful completion of Year 11 70% grade average in Year 11
Bangladesh Higher School Certificate (HSC) with a 50% GPA Higher School Certificate (HSC) with a 70% GPA
Chile Licencia de Educación / Enseñanza Media – grade average between 5.0 to 5.6 Licencia de Educación / Enseñanza Media – grade average of 5.7 or higher
China Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 60% or above in relevant subjects 70% or above in Senior Year 2; or 65% or above in Senior Year 3 in four subjects; or Gaokao Tier 2 score (either stream)
Colombia Bachiller Académico – grade average of 3.5/5 or 70/100 Bachiller Académico – grade average of 4.0/5 or 80/100
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate – 65% average over four subjects (must include English) Fiji School Leaving Certificate – 75% average over four subjects (must include English)
Hong Kong Form 5, pass in three academic subjects HKDSE – four passes with a minimum of three Level 3 grades
India All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) 50%; Higher Secondary School Examination 50%; Indian School Certificate (ISC) 45% All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) 65%; Higher Secondary School Examination 65%; Indian School Certificate (ISC) 60%
Indonesia SMA 2 (Year 11) – GPA 7.0 in four academic subjects SMA 2 (Year 11) – GPA 8.0 in four academic subjects
International qualifications - including United Kingdom IGCSE / O-Levels with C grade average in four relevant academic subjects, or equivalent. IGCSE / O-Levels with B grade averages in four relevant academic subjects, or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate – 18 points in six subjects
International Baccalaureate – 20 points in six subjects
Iran Year 11 with 16 out of 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 18 out of 20 in academic subjects
Japan Kotogakko / Senior High School Year 2 – minimum of 60% in academic subjects (grade 2- 3 on a scale of 1-5); or successful completion of Senior High School Year 3 Kotogakko / Senior High School Year 2 – minimum of 70% in academic subjects (grade 4 on a scale of 1-5); or Senior High School Year 3 – minimum of 60% in academic subjects (grade 3 on a scale of 1-5)
Kenya KCSE with 2 C grades and 2 D grades in relevant subjects KCSE C grades in 4 relevant subjects
Korea

High School Year 2 - Rank 3-4

High School Year 2 - Rank 1-2
Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama / General Secondary School Certificate with pass Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama / General Secondary School Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects
Macau Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 - 65% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 - 75% in academic subjects
Malaysia SPM – minimum four passes (Grade C) in four subjects (forecasted results accepted); or UEC – minimum Grade C7 in four subjects (forecasted results accepted) SPM – Grade B average in four subjects (forecasted results accepted); or UEC – Grade B4 average in four subjects (forecasted results accepted); or STPM – at least one C grade
Mexico Bachillerato General – grade average of 7.0 (lowest passing grade of 6) Bachillerato General – grade average of 7.5 (lowest passing grade of 6)
Myanmar Successful completion of the Basic Education High School Examination / Matriculation Examination Successful completion of the Basic Education High School Examination / Matriculation Examination with 75% overall
Nepal Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 11) with a grade average of 50% Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 11) with a grade average of 60%
New Zealand NCEA level 2 certificate with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three university approved subjects, plus numeracy and literacy. Students must achieve 60 credits at Level 2 or above + 20 credits from any level NCEA level 2 certificate with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three university approved subjects, plus numeracy and literacy. Students must achieve 60 credits at Level 2 or above + 20 credits from any level
Nigeria West African School Certificate / NECO – grade C6 or higher in five academic subjects West African School Certificate / NECO – grade C4 or higher in five academic subjects
Oman General Education Diploma with a 60% average General Education Diploma with a 70% average
Pakistan Intermediate / Higher Secondary School certificate – average of 50% (Second Division) in academic subjects Intermediate / Higher Secondary School certificate – average of 60% (First Division) in academic subjects
Peru Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa – grade average of 14 Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa – grade average of 16
Philippines Year 11 - C grade average (to reflect new K - 12 system) Year 11 - B grade average (to reflect new K - 12 system); Year 12 - C grade average (to reflect new K - 12 system)
Russia Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) – minimum of grade 3 in five subjects (compulsory and optional subjects) Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) – minimum of grade 3 in three subjects (optional subjects) and a minimum of grade 4 in two subjects (compulsory subjects)
Samoa School Certificate or SPFSC – 65% Average School Certificate or SPFSC – 75% Average
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 60% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects
Singapore Singapore / Cambridge O Levels – minimum C6 grade in four subjects (forecasted results accepted) Singapore / Cambridge O Levels – minimum B4 grade in four subjects (forecasted results accepted); or attempted Singapore/Cambridge GCE A Levels with at least one H2 pass at C grade
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan / Cambridge O Levels – C grade average in four subjects (forecasted results accepted) Sri Lankan / Cambridge O Levels – Grade B average in four subjects (forecasted results accepted)
Taiwan 70% or above in Senior Year 2; or 65% or above in Senior Year 3 80% or above in Senior Year 2; or 75% or above in Senior Year 3
Thailand Matayom 5 (M5), GPA 2.5 Matayom 5 (M5), GPA 3.0
Turkey State or Private High School Diploma or the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi or Devlet Lise Diplomasi – 2.5 out of 5 (50%) State or Private High School Diploma or the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi or Devlet Lise Diplomasi – 3.5 out of 5 (70%)
UAE Tawjihiya / General Secondary School Education Certificate with 65% average in academic subjects Tawjihiya / General Secondary School Education Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects
Vietnam Year 11, GPA of 7.0 Year 11, GPA of 8.0

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies

One semester programme Two semester programme
IELTS overall 5.5 or above, and at least a 5.5 in writing with no band less than a 5.0 IELTS score 5.5 or above, with at least a 5.0 in writing
iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) minimum score of 46 with a writing score of 18 iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) minimum score of 46 with a writing score of 14
B grade or better and a B grade in writing in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English Level 6 PTE Academic overall score of 49 and no less than 38 for writing
PTE academic overall score of 49 and no less than 40 for Writing Completed B grade or better in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English Level 6
All other evidence is considered on a case-by-case basis All other evidence is considered on a case-by-case basis

International Diploma (Business)

Country Academic entry requirements English language entry requirements
Argentina Título de Bachiller – grade average of 8.0 (lowest passing grade of 6) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Australia 70% grade average in Year 11 IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 70% GPA

HSC awarded by Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education or Bangladesh Technical Board (BTEB)
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Médio – grade average of 7.0 in three academic subjects (0-10 scale, lowest passing grade of 5) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate with an overall average of 60% in the best four academic subjects only
Grading scale: 0 - 100% (40% pass)
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Chile Licencia de Educación / Enseñanza Media – grade average of 5.7 or higher
Grading scale: 1 - 7 (4 pass)
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
China 70% or above in Senior Year 2 (Gao Er) in four subjects;

65% or above in Senior Year 3 (Gao Sun) in four subjects;

Gaokao Tier 2 score (either stream)
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Colombia Bachiller Académico – grade average of 80% IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate – 75% average over four subjects (must include English) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Hong Kong Successful completion of Senior Secondary 2 (HKDSE) with passing grades in four academic subjects;

HKDSE Diploma  – four passes with a minimum of three Level 3 grades;

Passing grades in four relevant IGCSE/O Level academic subjects.
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent

or

Level 2 and Writing 2 in English language in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
India All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) 65%;

Higher Secondary School Examination 65%;

Indian School Certificate (ISC) 60%
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Indonesia SMU2 (Year 11) with average of 8.0 in four academic subjects or completion (pass in all academic subjects) of SMU III (Year 12) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
International Qualifications IGCSE / O Levels – B grade averages in four relevant academic subjects, or equivalent;

International Baccalaureate – 20 points in six subjects
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent

or

IB Qualification completed and awarded. (teaching and assessment must have been conducted in English)

or

A Level qualification - passing grade in one A Level Examination (teaching and assessment of this subject must have been conducted in English)
Iran Year 11 with 18 out of 20 in academic subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Japan Kotogakko / Senior High School Year 2 – minimum of 70% in academic subjects (grade 4 on a scale of 1-5);

Senior High School Year 3 – minimum of 60% in academic subjects (grade 3 on a scale of 1-5)
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Kenya KCSE C grades in four relevant subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Korea Year 11 – High School Certificate: 70%
Year 12 – High School Certificate: 60%
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama / General Secondary School Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Macau Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 – 75% in four academic subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Malaysia SPM – total score of 20 in four best academic subjects (forecasted results accepted);

Grading scale from 2009 onwards:
A+ = 9, A = 8, A- = 7, B+ = 6, B = 5, C+ = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1, G = 0

UEC – minimum four passes in academic subjects (forecasted results accepted);

STPM – passes in two academic subjects;

Grading scale: A = 7, A- = 6, B+ = 5, B =
4, B- = 3, C+ = 2, C = 1, with partial passes C-, D+ and D = 0
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent

or

SPM English A1 or A2
STPM General English B grade

or
 
UCLES English O levels (English 1119) with a grade C
Mexico Bachillerato General – grade average of 7.5 (lowest passing grade of 6) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Myanmar Successful completion of the Basic Education High School Examination / Matriculation Examination with 75% overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Nepal Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 11) with a grade average of 60% IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
New Zealand (international students) The equivalent of 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Nigeria SSCE (WAEC/NECO) – grade C4 or higher in five academic subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Oman General Education Diploma with a 70% average IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Pakistan Intermediate / Higher Secondary School certificate – average of 60% (First Division) in academic subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Peru Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa – grade average of 16 IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Philippines Year 11 – B grade average (to reflect new K - 12 system);

Year 12 – C grade average (to reflect new K - 12 system)
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Russia Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) – minimum of grade 3 in three subjects (optional subjects) and a minimum of grade 4 in two subjects (compulsory subjects) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Samoa School Certificate or SPFSC – 75% average IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Singapore Singapore / Cambridge O Levels – minimum B4 grade in four subjects
(forecasted results accepted; independent and school-assessed O Levels are not sufficient);

Singapore/Cambridge GCE A Levels with at least one H2 pass at C grade
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan / Cambridge O Levels – B grade average in four subjects
(forecasted results accepted; independent and school-assessed O Levels are not sufficient).
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Taiwan 80% or above in Senior Year 2; or 75% or above in Senior Year 3
(independent and school-assessed O Levels are not sufficient).
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Thailand Matayom 5 (M5) – GPA 3.0

Matayom 6 (M6) – GPA 2.0
IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Turkey State or Private High School Diploma or the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi or Devlet Lise Diplomasi – 3.5 out of 5 (70%) IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
UAE Tawjihiya / General Secondary School Education Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects or US High School Diploma IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent
Vietnam Year 11 – GPA 8.0 IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent

English language programmes 


Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL)

Structure:
8 levels, from elementary to advanced

The course will teach students:
Reading, writing, listening, speaking skills, note-taking and oral presentation skills.

  Entry requirements Entry to university
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
You will enter into a level based on your current English proficiency No, at the end of the course progress to CAEL below
Level 4 IELTS 4.0 (4.0 writing, no band less than 3.5)  
Level 5 IELTS 4.5 (4.5 writing, no band less than 4.0)  
Level 6 IELTS 5.0 (5.0 writing, no band less than 4.5) Complete Level 6

Foundation Studies programme
Level 7 IELTS 5.5 (5.5 writing, no band less than 5.0) Complete Level 7

Most undergraduate degrees
Level 8 IELTS 6.0 (6.0 writing, no band less than 5.5) Complete Level 8

Most postgraduate degrees and some undergraduate degrees, such as Law and Social Work

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