The University Of Auckland Certificate In Foundation Studies

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies Programme is intended to prepare students whose first language is not English for admission to the University of Auckland in particular and to New Zealand universities in general. Suitably qualified students who meet the minimum entrance requirements upon entry to the Programme may also be required to include English Language Acquisition courses offered by the University of Auckland.


1 In order to be admitted to this programme a student needs to:

a satisfy the Academic Board that they have completed secondary schooling to at least the equivalent of NCEA Level 2.

b have a level of English language proficiency equivalent to a score of 5.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


2 Students enrolled for this certificate have to follow an approved programme of at least one semester.

Structure and Content

3 The programme consists of: English Language, Computer Skills, Study and Learning Skills, and at least four courses chosen from the following list of subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Statistics

or other approved NCEA Level 3 subjects.

4 Students must:

a pass at least four of the courses from the list above.


b (i) achieve a B grade in English for Academic Purposes


(ii) have passed an IELTS examination at a level approved by the Academic Board with an overall score of at least 6.0 and all bands 5.5 or better in the academic module


(iii) have completed the Foundation Certificate for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) or English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS) offered through the English Language Academy, with a C- or higher.

5 Students must complete all required class work and written examinations which will be similar in standard and content to NCEA Level 3.

6 The programme of each student must be approved by the Academic Board.

Admission to University

7 a Students who satisfactorily complete the Certificate in Foundation Studies will satisfy the minimum requirements for entry to the University.

b Students who complete up to 30 points in University courses may apply to have those points credited towards a degree or diploma at the University.