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.

Introductory courses

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 our liaison officers.

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.

Tohu Māoritanga

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 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. The EPP is available both on-campus and online, and it is open to international students and domestic students.

Foundation Studies

The Foundation Studies Programme is designed to help international students who don’t meet our undergraduate entry requirements. It offers successful students guaranteed entry into our undergraduate programmes.