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Foundation Connect

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Foundation Course


6 months

Next start date

Expected Apr 2023


Wellington Campus


Delivered by UP Education, Foundation Connect provides a comprehensive, English-rich curriculum to prepare students for the Certificate in Foundation Studies. This six-month extension programme allows students to develop their English skills, confidence and apply these English skills in an academic setting. Foundation Connect includes engagement in Mathematics and optional academic courses to give students a broader foundation for future learning.

While the programme is aimed at providing learners with the skills to study effectively in an academic setting, it also provides a direct pathway to the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies with students guaranteed entry to Foundation provided they achieve the minimum criteria.
The main aim of Foundation Connect is to provide learners with the skills necessary to study effectively in an academic setting and a clear pathway to further study. Any student who wishes to enter the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies but does not yet meet the entry requirements based on English language skills would benefit from studying this extension program.

Course Structure

Through engaging lessons and study materials, students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will explore a wide range of stimulating and current topics; participate in discussions, conversations, and presentations; read a variety of adapted and authentic texts in English; and learn to write for different tasks, purposes, and audiences. Students will also expand their academic and thematic vocabulary, as well as learn instructional words commonly used in academic studies. A strong emphasis is made on teaching grammatical structures and encouraging students to develop skills and strategies for improving their shortcomings in this area of language learning.

There are two compulsory subjects (English and English for Mathematics) and two academic subjects per term. These academic subjects will be used to prepare students for their future academic studies and contextualise their academic English usage.

English – 10 hours per week; English for Mathematics – 3 hours per week and 1 Flexible Learning Activity (FLA); Academic subjects – 3 live lessons and 1 FLA – students do all four academic subjects with two in the first term and two in the second term. The academic subjects available are: Business; Science; Humanities (Geography) and Media. Each Term:

  • English – 10 live lessons per week
  • Maths – 3 live lessons and 1 FLA per week
  • 2 Academic subjects – 3 live lessons – 1 FLA


Foundation Connect will have a combination of internal assessments and exams with a minimum of 40% of the assessment weightings being exams.

>p>The first semester of Foundation Connect is taught at our campus in Wellington and around the world, online.

There are four intakes per year: February, April, July, and October. All intakes will be available on campus and online.

Entry criteria

To enrol in Foundation Connect, students will need to meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements:

You must be at least 15 years old.

IELTS?4.5 (no band less than 4.0) or an accepted equivalent including the UP English Language Test

For all Academic Requirements please refer to the University of Auckland International College Entry Requirements insert.

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