Programme overview

The Certificate of University Preparation is for students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for studying a degree in New Zealand, who need to be more academically prepared, or who have left school some time ago.

This programme is the equivalent of University Entrance and is here to help you make the transition into degree-study. We offer this programme in collaboration with Massey University.

To complete this programme you'll need to pass four courses within your chosen stream

  • Business, Marketing, Finance, and Architecture, or
  • Education, Social Science, and Social Development, or
  • Science (this includes Natural Science, Medical Imaging, and Engineering), or
  • Health Science (this includes Nursing, Osteopathy, and Sports)

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 34 credits at NCEA Level 3 including:

  • 14 credits in one approved subject
  • 10 credits in two other approved subjects

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

4. Completed Year 13 in a New Zealand secondary school or equivalent

5. If English is your second language, you will need to have one or more of the following:

  • An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of 6, with no band score lower than 5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form
  • B grade average in the DEEP Academic English qualification

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Study Skills and Strategies (FSTU192042) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides an introduction to the study skills and strategies necessary to be successful in the undergraduate tertiary environment.
Critical Academic Skills (FSTU192043) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides an introduction to critical thinking, reading, writing and numeracy skills essential for undergraduate studies.
Bridging Studies in Maori Culture and Society (FSTU150001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course prepares students for university level study of M?ori culture, social sciences and education and examines the principles and implications of biculturalism and the Treaty for New Zealand?s social institutions and practices.
Foundation Communications (FSTU192011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides an introduction to the skills necessary for successful communication both individually and in groups, across a variety of contexts.
Foundation Human Bioscience (FSTU214003) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides an introduction to the core concepts in human biology and basic physiology.
Foundation Humanities (FSTU230001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides a structured and focused introduction to the Humanities. It draws on selected examples of subject studies and provides further opportunity to conceptualise critical ideas and practice oral and written expression.
Foundation Social Sciences (FSTU230002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides a structured and focused introduction to the Social Sciences. It draws on historical and contemporary examples to illustrate the impact events and ideas upon modern social sciences.
Foundation Mathematics 1 (FSTU247001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces students to basic mathematical and statistical concepts. Content includes numeric and algebraic skills, functions, graphs and statistics. The paper is designed to lead into 100-level courses that require basic mathematics and/or statistics.
Foundation Physical Sciences (FSTU247003) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course focuses on basic physical concepts including units of measurement, dynamics and forces, as well as the properties of atoms, atomic structure, and basic concepts of chemistry.