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Diploma in University Studies (Three Semester Pathway)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Diploma

Duration

1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Nov 2022

Campus

Lincoln University

Summary

Prepare for degree-level academic study so you can grow your career prospects in the land-based industries.

Whether you passed University Entrance or just missed out, our Diploma in University Studies (DUS) is a supported study programme that will take you from pre-degree through to entry into the second year of a recognised Bachelor’s degree.

If you decide to continue on to a Bachelor's degree, you will graduate with the DUS before beginning your degree programme. Once you have completed the degree, you will hold two Lincoln University qualifications (the DUS and your bachelor's degree).

If you choose not to continue with a bachelor's degree programme, you will graduate with the DUS only.

Depending on your entry level and qualifications, you can complete the DUS in two or three semesters.

How you’ll grow

  • Develop your study, communication and research skills so that you’re ready for the focused, in-depth learning a degree programme provides.
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding with a range of courses chosen from Lincoln’s bachelor programmes.
  • Round off your capabilities and career-readiness with the core Bachelor course.

You will also take part in our specialised Skills for Success programme, which offers additional tutoring in a range of academic disciplines and provides assistance with study skills, assignments and general guidance.

Programme Structure

Diploma in University Studies - 3 Semester pathway (DUS 3)

Compulsory for all students:

  • LUAC 010 - Academic Communication and Study Skills (15 credits)
  • ACEN 103 - Academic Communication for Undergraduates (15 credits)

Plus two from the following courses:

  • LUAC 011 - Mathematics and Statistics for Tertiary Study 2 (15 credits)
  • LUAC 012 - Business and Economics (15 credits)
  • LUAC 013 - Science for Tertiary Study (15 credits)
  • LUAC 014 - Te-Tu-a-Uri: Introduction to Maori Culture and Society (15 credits)
  • LUAC 015 - Land and Environment (15 credits)

Plus: Eight 100-level courses from the Bachelor's degree schedule and a compulsory 'Skills for Success' programme.

Diploma in University Studies - 2 Semester Pathway (DUS 2)

Compulsory for all students:

  • ACEN 103 - Academic Communication for Undergraduates (15 credits)

Plus: Seven 100-level courses from the Bachelor’s degree schedule, and a compulsory 'skills for success’ programme.

Entry criteria

Two semester pathway (1 year):

  • 38 NCEA credits at Level 3 or higher (must include three approved subjects with a minimum of 10 credits in each subject).
  • Plus University Entrance literacy and numeracy.

Three semester pathway (1.5 years):

  • 32 NCEA credits at Level 3 or higher (including 20 credits over two approved subjects with a minimum of 10 credits in each subject).
  • Plus University Entrance literacy and numeracy.
  • A Lincoln First Level 4 programme
  • A Lincoln First Level 3 programme with high achievement

Other pathways may be considered.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Diploma in University Studies (two-semester - DUS2) - On application. Minimum diploma score 22
  • Diploma in University Studies (three-semester - DUS3) - On application. Minimum diploma score 20

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 5.5 overall, with at least 5.5 for Reading and Writing, and no other component less than 5.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 46 (with at least 18 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 162, with at least 162 in Reading and Writing and 154 in Speaking and Listening
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 42, with at least 42 in Reading and Writing and at least 36 in other communicative skills
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 60%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)

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