1 semester
Feb Jul
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) is a bridging programme that prepares you for the next step in your education or career. When you have completed the programme you can apply for a range of certificates and diplomas at Unitec and other tertiary education providers. Or, if your goal is to study for a degree, you can go onto the Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4). This prepares you to apply for a degree at a university, institute of technology or polytechnic in New Zealand. Highlights include:

  • Develop the skills and confidence for further study at certificate or diploma level.
  • A pathway into the Certificate of University Preparation, if you want to apply for a degree programme.
  • Guidance designing a learning pathway that gets you where you want to go.
  • A supportive study environment: our lecturers are friendly and knowledgeable, and you'll be studying alongside students of different ages and ethnic backgrounds.
  • A mix of group and individual work, seminars, debates, whanau hui, oral and written exercises, and self-directed learning.
  • Pre-entry assessment to make sure you are studying at the right level.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
  • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
    • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
    • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
  • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
  • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
  • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
  • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.