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 programmes

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, B and the summer semesters on the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus in Hillcrest. CUP is for students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic preparation or left school some time ago. This Programme will give you University Entrance and can help you make the transition into degree-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. The certificate provides skills in academic English, university study skills and covers the subject areas of mathematics, science, business studies, 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 programmes and run for 10 weeks. There are a number of intakes each year in February, May, August and October.

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.

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

Additional courses

General English Language Programme

Our General English programme is designed to improve your everyday language skills. This may be for you If you're a short-term visitor to New Zealand wanting to upskill your use of the language.You can study general english for a minimum of three weeks and for as long as up to six months. The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will receive a Waikato Pathways College Certificate of Attendance. Individual graded reports are also available.

Find out more about the General English Language programme

Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

Are you a teacher who wants further professional development or are you interested in teaching English to adults? With a University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) qualification you can teach English language to adults at language schools and Universities throughout the world.

Find out more about the Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults


Waikato Pathways College- Te Huanui

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO or + 64 7 858 5600