Regulations - Other Programmes

New Start for Adults

New Start provides part-time University preparation courses for adults over the age of 20 who need skills and confidence to undertake academic study. No previous qualifications are required. Students are required to be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Students gain information on the structure of university degrees, and an insight into the standard of work expected. Educational guidance is an integral part of New Start and ongoing planning is offered during the semester.

In addition, students are required to complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity ACADINT A01 course while they are with New Start.

New Start General NSGEN 47

New Start General introduces students to many lecture topics in humanities, social sciences, education and law and offers tutorials, assignments with written feedback and a final test.

This is a 13-week part-time, day or evening course providing a comprehensive overview of first-year degree study. This course is compulsory for all students.

Depending on the final grade achieved students may apply for admission into an undergraduate degree in the faculties of Arts, Business, Education and Social Work and Law.

New Start General is offered at three campuses throughout the year: University of Auckland City Campus (Semester One or Semester Two), Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga Campus, Manukau (Semester One or Semester Two) and Tai Tokerau Campus in Whāngarei (Summer School or Semester Two).

New Start Mathematics

Two mathematics options are taught at the University of Auckland City Campus: Mathematics Fundamentals NSMAT 10 and Mathematics Preparation for University NSMAT 14. Students intending to enrol in these courses must first sit a maths assessment.

Note that Mathematics Preparation for University is designed to be taken with New Start General as a pathway to Business School. Results will be used to recommend the best pathway for students.

Mathematics Fundamentals NSMAT 10

Mathematics Fundamentals NSMAT 10 is a short intensive course taught over four consecutive Saturdays in a workshop environment designed to build students’ skills and confidence. Students will be working together collaboratively, either as a class or in groups, but sometimes there will be lectures. The course includes workshops, assignments and a final test. Students who require additional mathematics support are advised to enrol in this course before undertaking Mathematics Preparation for University NSMAT 14.

This course is offered in Summer School or can be taken in the mid-semester break before the start of Semester Two.

Mathematics Preparation for University NSMAT 14

A variety of topics of everyday interest is explored with the aim of clarifying the underlying mathematics and statistics.

This is a 12-week part-time, evening course held in Semester One or Semester Two. The course includes workshops, lectures, assignments and a final test.

This course is compulsory and taken together with New Start General NSGEN 47 for students planning to pathway to an undergraduate degree in Commerce or Property at the University’s Business School.

A grade of A– or above achieved in this course and New Start General NSGEN 47 enables students to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Property.

Further Information

Further information can be obtained from the

New Start Office,

Building 206,

14-16 Symonds Street,


Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext. 87832 or 82920