Preparing for degree-level study
Some students may not be ready for degree-level study straight away. We offer a number of introductory courses and programmes to prepare students for study.
If there are certain courses you want to take but you don’t have the right background from your school studies then we offer introductory or bridging courses.
You don’t need to have completed any previous courses to apply—they’re available to both new and current students, and you’ll gain the necessary requirements and preparation for further study in your chosen subject.
To find out if you need to take an introductory course for your degree of choice, contact Student Recruitment.
Secondary school students
If you wish to enrol for an introductory course while waiting for your NCEA results, you’ll need to make an application for Discretionary Entrance. Your enrolment for the next year will still depend on you gaining University Entrance and getting the Guaranteed Entry Score.
The Diploma in Māoritanga/Tohu Māoritanga is a unique undergraduate diploma offered by Te Kawa a Māui—School of Māori Studies. This is designed as a pathway for people who might not have the usual university entrance qualifications and allows students who are aged 16 or over to enrol.
The diploma is one year of full-time study that includes a range of Bachelor of Arts courses taught by Te Kawa a Māui as well as three special Diploma courses focusing on various aspects of tikanga Māori.
This programme provides students with a foundation in four areas: Māori language, Māori culture and society, Māori customs and practice and academic study skills.
Diploma in University Studies (Pasifika Pathways)
The Diploma in University Studies (Pasifika Pathways) is a one-year full-time diploma programme designed to help you transition to university. If you want to study at university but do not have university entrance or think you might need to gain some more skills first, then this is the right choice for you. Engage with Pasifika perspectives while exploring study pathways and career opportunities.
English language preparation
If you're an international student and English is not your first language, we offer the English Proficiency Programme to help you become fluent enough to succeed in your chosen programme of study.
Our Foundation Studies Programme is designed to help international students who don’t meet our undergraduate entry requirements. It offers successful students guaranteed entry into Victoria University of Wellington’s undergraduate programmes.