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Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)

Have you just missed out on University Entrance but you don't want to go back to school? The Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4) is the equivalent of University Entrance (UE). This means graduates of this programme can apply to any university, institute of technology or polytechnic in New Zealand.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert, Waitākere
Start dates
Programme no longer offered
Full-time for 16 weeks

Programme overview

Please note: Semester 2 2019 was the last intake for this programme, and it won't be running from 2020 onwards. If you are interested in finding out more about Bridging Education programmes for February 2020, please contact our Enrolment Manager below.

I'm interested!

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
  • Health Science (this includes Nursing, Osteopathy, and Sports), or
  • Science (this includes Natural Science, Medical Imaging, and Engineering

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post study work visa upon completion of this programme.

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.

Courses Credits Aim
Study Skills and Strategies (FSTU192042) 15.0 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.
Courses Credits Aim
Bridging Studies in Maori Culture and Society (FSTU150001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course prepares students for university level study of Maori 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 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) An introduction to a number of humanities disciplines and subject areas through study of the underlying philosophies and values of the humanities.
Foundation Social Sciences (FSTU230002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) An introduction to the concepts, methods and scope of the Social Sciences through study of contemporary social issues in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and in global contexts.
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.