The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS) is offered as a standard one year programme or an accelerated five month programme for those with higher English Language/and or academic abilities.
The course includes compulsory English language and learning skills papers and electives across a range of study areas. Classes include New Zealand students to encourage international students to improve their English and make New Zealand friends.
Standard Foundation Studies Programme
Standard 1 year (A & B semester)
Fast Track 8 months (must include summer school option).
Accelerated 5 months (one semester)
A Semester – 27 February to 23 June 2017
B Semester – 10 July to 27 October 2017
Summer School – 6 November to end of February 2018
- Standard Foundation: You will study a total of eight papers. Three compulsory papers (CAFS001, CAFS002 and CUPR001) plus five electives from the list below.
- Accelerated: You will study a total of four papers – English 2 (compulsory) and any three electives from the list of papers below.
- Students can have up to 20 hours of class per week (4 papers) with a further 20 hours to be spent on homework and revision.
- Classes are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
CUPR008 Bridging Mathematics and Statistics
CUPR025 Bridging General Science
CAFS004 Bridging Calculus
CAFS006 Bridging Accounting
CAFS009 Bridging Biology
CAFS010 Bridging Chemistry
CAFS011 Bridging Physics
fCAFS015 Bridging Business Studies
CUPR002 Critical Thought and Expression
CUPR003 Bridging Arts
CUPR004 Bridging Social Sciences
CUPR026 Te Huarahi Bridging Maori
The approximate cost for Standard NZD $20,852.00, Accelerated NZD $10,426.00
Scholarships and prizes
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Standard Foundation Studies Programme (two semesters) Entry Requirements
- To be 16 years of age or over
- Have completed secondary school study, equivalent to New Zealand Year 12, or
- Have a completed secondary school qualification from your country of origin (view table below*)
- Have an IELTS score 5.5 or above (with at least a 5 in writing) or
- Have successfully completed Level 6 Certificate of Attainment in Academic English
|Bangladesh||Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Intermediate Certificate completed after 12 years of schooling with a Second Division Pass (45% or above).|
|China||Completion of Senior High School in Year 11 (Senior Grade Two) or Year 12 (Senior Grade Three).|
|Fiji||Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) with 65% average in your best four subjects, which must include English.|
|Germany||Intermediate School Leaving Certificate (Realschulabschluss, Mittlere Schulabschluss or Realschulreife) on graduation from Grade 10 with a grade 3 average.|
|Hong Kong||Successful completion of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education with a Grade 2 or better in four core subjects.|
|India||All India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE) with a 45% grade average in four subjects or Indian School Certificate (ISC) with a 50% grade average or Higher School Certificate (HSC) with a 65% average, OR passed Tenth Grade in Kerala.|
|Indonesia||Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate of Completion (Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Atas (STTB SMA)) with grade average of 6.5.|
|Iraq||Sixth Form Baccalaureat (Adadiyah) with an overall 60% average.|
|Japan||Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho with a grade 3 average.|
|Malaysia||Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with a grade B4 average in five subjects.|
|Maldives||University of Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Levels with a B4 average in four main subjects.|
|Oman||Successful completion of the Secondary School Certificate (Thanawiya Amma) with at least an 80% average.|
|Pacific Islands||Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) with an overall grade 5 average in four subjects, including a grade of 6 in English.|
|Russia||Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o Srednem obrazovanii) on graduation from Grade 11 or Grade 12 with a grade 3 average.|
|Saudi Arabia||Successful completion of the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawhijiyah, Tawjihi or Shahadat Al-Maharlat Al-Thanawiyyat) with a 60% overall average.|
|Singapore||Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ Levels with a B4 average in four main subjects.|
|South Korea||Graduated from senior high school with a C grade average in Year 3 (Grade 12) of senior high school.|
|Taiwan||Senior High School Learning Certificate with a C grade average in Grade 12 (Year 3) of senior high school.|
|Thailand||Matayom 6 (M6) with a passing grade (1.0) in each subject studied.|
|Turkey||Successful completion of the State High School Diploma (Develt Lse Diplomasi) or the Private High School Finishing Diploma (Lise Bitirme Diplomasi) with an overall grade 3 average.|
|UAE||Secondary School Certificate (Tawjihiyya) with at least a 70% average.|
|Vietnam||Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Bang tot nghiep pho tong trung hoc) or Diploma of General Education (Bang tu tai) with scores of 5.0 or better on a 10 point scale.|
Accelerated Foundation (one Semester) Entry Requirements
English Requirements IELTS overall 5.5 or above and at least a 5.5 in writing with no band less than a 5
Certificate of Attainment in Academic English Level 6 with an overall ‘B’ grade and a ‘B’ in writing at the University of Waikato Pathways College.
|China||Complete Senior High School Year 2 or 3 with 80% and over in four subjects OR GaoKao Band 2 (high end)|
|Hong Kong||HKDSE with 3 subjects at level 3.|
|Indonesia||SMA between 6.5 and 8.5|
|Kuwait||GSEC higher than 70% average (academic subjects only)|
|Malaysia||Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with a grade A2 average in 5 subjects/STPM at least 1 C grade.|
|Oman||GSEC with 70% average|
|Saudi Arabia||GSEC with 85% average (academic subjects only)|
|Singapore||Attempted A (H) levels with at least 1 H2 pass at C grade|
|Vietnam||Intermediate Diploma (post school qualification|
|NZ High School||Attempted NCEA Level 3 and narrowly missed attaining University Entrance.|
All applications assessed on a case by case basis.