Waikato Pathways College

Foundation Studies

Once you have completed the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (Foundation Studies programme), you will be able to begin an undergraduate degree at the University of Waikato.

Why choose the Foundation Studies programme?

  • The programme offers guaranteed entry to most University of Waikato undergraduate degrees upon successful completion
  • The programme is recognised by all New Zealand universities
  • The curriculum develops subject knowledge and skills as well as leadership and teamwork skills to help equip you for university
  • The programme offers flexible intakes, with three points of entry during the year
  • There are five, eight and nine-month course options (one or two semesters)
  • The courses are taught on the University of Waikato main campus so you have access to all services and facilities as degree level students
 

The modules you will study

Accelerated
Five months (one semester)
Standard
Eight to nine months (two semesters*)
Compulsory subjects:
English for Academic Purposes 2
Compulsory subjects:
English for Academic Purposes 1
English for Academic Purposes 2
Study Skills
Elective subjects (choose three):
Accounting
Arts
Biology
Business Studies
Calculus
Chemistry
Critical Thought and Expression
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Science
Social Sciences
Study Skills
Elective subjects (choose five):
Accounting
Arts
Biology
Business Studies
Calculus
Chemistry
Critical Thought and Expression
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Science
Social Sciences

*Completion of the standard programme in eight months includes summer school

Qualification Title: Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies
Courses will be delivered by Study Group NZ Limited on behalf of the University of Waikato

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Waikato Pathways College offers you:

  • Qualified, experienced, and caring teachers
  • A supportive and personalised learning environment
  • Opportunity to mix with domestic students to improve your English skills and make local friends

Semester dates

2019

Summer school - November

  • Semester: 11 November 2019 - 14 February 2020
  • Semester Break: 15 February - 1 March 2020

2020

February

  • Orientation: 24 February 2020
  • Semester: 2 March 2020 - 26 June 2020
  • Semester break: 27 June 2020 - 12 July 2020

July

  • Orientation: 6 July 2020
  • Semester: 13 July 2020 - 6 November 2020
  • Semester break: 7 November 2020 - 15 November 2020

Summer school - November

  • Orientation: 9 November 2020
  • Semester: 16 November 2020 - 19 February 2021
  • Semester break: 20 February 2021 - 7 March 2021

Entry requirements

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Fees

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Visa information

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Students with a New Zealand secondary school qualification

Students who have completed a New Zealand secondary school qualification, but do not initially meet the entry requirements for their preferred undergraduate degree at a New Zealand university, are able to apply for the Certificate of University Preparation (CUP).

Students who enter the CUP programme will study at the Waikato Pathways College for the duration of one semester and learn the tools and skills they need to transition to the University of Waikato, or any other university in New Zealand. CUP students have full access to all the facilities and services at the University of Waikato during their studies. For more information about this programme, including fees, entry requirements and how to apply, visit waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-university-preparation.