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Foundation Year - Sciences/Applied Science/Life Sciences

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Foundation Course

Duration

26 weeks

Next start date

Expected Oct 2022

Campus

University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre

Summary

This 26-week programme consists of 10 academic papers. Students who successfully complete the two 13-week semesters are awarded the Foundation Studies Certificate which guarantees possible to their chosen University of Otago first-year course (except those with limited intakes). The certificate is recognised by all New Zealand universities as an entrance qualification.

On campus or online

For over 20 years, this programme has been transforming the lives of domestic and international students, both on campus in Dunedin – and from 2020 – online from their homes outside of New Zealand.

Whether online or on campus, Foundation Studies Certificate students enjoy the same high-quality teaching and learning experience, where all students are supported to develop the academic skills and confidence to succeed in their future studies.

The Life Science stream may lead you to study towards the following university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Oral Health (These programmes have competitive entry to the first year of study)
  • Bachelor of Dental Technology (These programmes have competitive entry to the first year of study)
  • Bachelor of Surveying (This programme has competitive entry to the second year of study)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (first year only at Otago)

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed GCE O-Levels with 20 Points and below in 5 subjects; International Baccalaureate with 18 Points in 6 subjects (on a scale of 0-7) or any other overseas equivalent qualifications.

IELTS - 5.5 (without any band below 5.0); IELTS Online - 5.5 (without any band below 5.0); iBT TOEFL - 70 (with a writing score of 15). TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes; TOEFL (Paper-Based) - 525; TOEFL (Computer-Based) - 196; Cambridge FCE - Grade B; Cambridge CAE - Grade C; Cambridge CPE - Grade C; GCE O-Level English - C6; GCE A-Level English - D7; HK CEE (English Syllabus B) - 3; HK ALE (Use of English) - D7; LanguageCert - B2; SPM Bahasa Inggeris - B+; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36. Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes; English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment - Level 1; NZCEL - NZCEL 3 Academic endorsement.

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