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The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies - Standard - 12 months (4 terms)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Foundation Course


12 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2022


The University of Auckland International College


Partnered with the leading university in New Zealand, the University of Auckland International College has been delivering the Foundation programme for more than 20 years on behalf of the University of Auckland. All teachers are trained and registered with the Teaching Council of New Zealand. The University of Aukcland Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) is delivered by UP International College New Zealand Limited trading as University of Auckland International College on behalf of the University of Auckland.

All our subjects are delivered through a combination of live and flexible activities.

Your teachers will work through materials with you and your classmates (both onshore and offshore) during scheduled live lessons on Microsoft Teams. With the help of breakout rooms and other tools, your teachers will give you every opportunity to engage with your classmates and learn. You will practise your English skills in these live lessons – skills that are crucial to your success at University.

Outside of these live lessons, you will be given clear instructions to guide you through flexible learning activities. These activities involve a combination of digital tools and other resources to deepen your learning – whenever and wherever you want to. You will watch interactive videos, complete online quizzes, read digital texts and more. Your progress will be monitored and you will receive personalised feedback based on your understanding and performance.

Assessment method

50% final examinations + 50% internal assessment
Pass mark for elective courses is 50%

A number of courses are increasing the variety of their assessment methods to include one or more of the following:

Collaborative assessments
Research-based assessments
Practical assessments
Assessments that include a presentation (e.g. face-to-face, video)
Assessments that give students choices
Assessments that are larger, spread over a longer time, and allow for drafting/checking in throughout.

Starts on February and July

Entry criteria

Students must have NCEA or equivalent qualification.

English language requirements

IELTS 5.0 and no band less than 4.5

Alternatives to IELTS

TOEFL Paper Based (pct.): 500 (Writing 4.0 TWE)

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): 35 (Writing 14)

University of Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test - Academic: PToE (Academic) 36-41.

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