Certificate of University Preparation

This one-trimester programme is for students who have a New Zealand secondary school qualification but need additional academic preparation to meet the entry requirements for their chosen degree at the University of Waikato.

The Certificate of University Preparation programme is a university bridging course designed to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree at the University of Waikato.

If you need additional academic preparation, or you are seeking a career change, then this programme will give you the confidence you need for your university degree.

Why choose the Certificate of University Preparation programme?

  • A pathway to most undergraduate degrees at the University of Waikato.
  • Recognised by all New Zealand universities.
  • Develop skills you need for university, including research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.
  • Access to full student services and facilities on the University of Waikato campus.
  • Join a welcoming community.
  • Experience electives in your chosen discipline.
Entry requirements Visit entry requirements page
Duration 1 trimester
Start dates Trimester A – February
Trimester B – July
Trimester C – November
Location Hamilton

Course planner

As a full-time student, you will study around 17 hours of class and 20 hours of self-directed study a week. There is also an option to study part time, with approval.

During the programme, you will take a total of four papers: two compulsory and two electives (listed below).

  • Compulsory papers

    All papers are available in Trimester A, B or C.

    • FOUND001 Introduction to Study Skills
    • FOUND002 Introduction to Critical Thought and Expression
  • Elective papers

    All papers are available in Trimester A, B or C.

    Any two elective papers are required.

    • FOUND003 Bridging Arts
    • FOUND004 Bridging Social Sciences
    • FOUND005 Bridging Business Studies
    • FOUND006 Bridging Accounting
    • FOUND007 Bridging Calculus
    • FOUND008 Bridging Mathematics and Statistics
    • FOUND009 Bridging Biology
    • FOUND010 Bridging Chemistry
    • FOUND011 Bridging Physics
    • FOUND012 Bridging General Science

Progression

Successful completion of the Certificate of University Preparation programme will enable you to progress to any New Zealand university and most undergraduate degrees at the University of Waikato.

How to apply

For more information and to apply, visit the University of Waikato website.

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