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Pathways Programmes

Waikato pathways programmes put tertiary study within your reach. If you haven’t studied for a while and would like to brush up your skills, or if you didn’t get the marks needed for direct entry into university, then Waikato has a pathway to help you achieve your goals.

Waikato Pathways College (WPC) focuses on future learning opportunities for all students within the University. Programmes providing pathways to successful degree study are offered and include academic, specific purpose and general English Language programmes. These programmes will prepare you with the research and study skills you need and offer support and guidance which will make successful university study not just possible, but probable.

Find out more about Waikato Pathways College.

Certificate of University Preparation (CUP)

The Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) is a full-time formal qualification offered jointly by the University of Waikato and Wintec. It will be taught in both A and B semester on the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus in Hillcrest and students will have access to the full range of services and facilities.

CUP is for students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, or who need additional academic preparation. If you left school but have studied to year 13 in New Zealand, or you left school some time ago, then this Certificate programme can help you make the transition into degree-level study.

Find out more about the Certificate of University Preparation (CUP).

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS)

Foundation Studies is a full-time academic programme specifically designed to prepare international students whose first language is not English with a programme which will prepare them for study in a New Zealand university. Classes are small with excellent interaction and communication with teachers.

The certificate provides skills in academic English, university study skills and covers the subject areas of mathematics, science, economics and accounting, arts and social sciences.

Students must meet English language entry requirements and must have a secondary school qualification.

Find out more about the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS).

Academic English

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language (Level 1-3) and the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (Level 4-8) are full-time course with 23 hours of tuition each week for 11 weeks. There are a number of intakes each year and at the start of each intake new students are tested and placed in an appropriate level from Elementary to Advanced.

The core programme focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Higher level CAAE classes also focus on skills needed for successful university study such as note-taking, research and oral presentations. In addition, students will be directed to study options to assist them in their main areas of immediate need*. Lower-level students will be directed to either Reading & Writing or Speaking & Listening classes.

Students in higher-level classes may be directed to Reading & Writing, Speaking & Listening or IELTS preparation, as appropriate.

*Directed study options will be determined by students' performance in either the placement test or in their previous block of CAEL study.

Find out more about the Certificate of Attainment in English Language.

Short Bridging Courses

The Waikato Pathways College runs a number of short bridging courses, including New Start, Quick Start and Bridging for Women. Varied in length, timing and content, this group of courses is designed to suit the needs and commitments of a range of adult learners who want to ensure that they are well prepared before beginning tertiary study. The courses cover research skills, reading, referencing, note taking, essay writing and computer skills.

Find out more about short bridging courses.

Bridging Science and Mathematics Courses

The Waikato Pathways College offers subject specific bridging programmes in the areas of science and mathematics. These courses are for those who intend to take degree level study in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and would benefit from a pre-entry course in biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics.

The College also offers a Bridging Mathematics for Psychology course for those intending to study in the field of psychology who would benefit from an introduction to mathematics in psychology.

Find out more about bridging science and mathematics courses.

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