Regulations - Foundation Studies


Foundation Studies Certificate – FoundStCert

The Foundation Studies Certificate 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 this certificate may also be required to include English Language Acquisition courses offered by the University of Auckland.

Admission

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

a completed secondary schooling to at least NCEA Level 2, and achieved a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA level 2, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects including Mathematics; or the equivalent as approved by the Board of Studies

and

b a level of English language proficiency equivalent to a score of 5.0, with no band less than 4.5, in the Academic International English Testing System (IELTS) or alternative English Language test approved by the University of Auckland.

Duration

2 Students enrolled for this certificate must follow an approved programme of:

a at least 41 weeks (standard delivery) if they have undertaken secondary schooling to at least NCEA Level 2, and achieved a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA level 2, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects including Mathematics; or the equivalent as approved by the Board of Studies; and have a level of English language proficiency equivalent to a score of 5.0, with no band less than 4.5 in the Academic International English Testing System (IELTS) or alternative English Language test approved by the University of Auckland

or

b at least 31 weeks (intensive delivery) if they have undertaken secondary schooling to at least NCEA Level 2, and achieved a minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects including Mathematics; or the equivalent as approved by the Board of Studies; and have a level of English language proficiency equivalent to a score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 in the Academic International English Testing System (IELTS) or alternative English Language test approved by the University of Auckland

Structure and Content

3 A student enrolled for this certificate must complete:

a English for Academic Purposes

and

b four courses from Accounting, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Economics, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics with Calculus, Physics, or other courses equivalent to NCEA Level 3 approved by the Academic Director.

4 Students must:

a achieve at least 65 percent in English for Academic Purposes

or

b achieve at least 50 percent in English for Academic Purposes and pass IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.0 in the academic module with no band less than 5.5

or

c have completed the Foundation Certificate for Academic Purposes or English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies from the English Language Academy, with a C- or higher.

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

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

7 A student enrolled in this certificate must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

University Entrance

8 A student who satisfactorily completes the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies will be deemed to have the equivalent of University Entrance.

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