Certificate in Foundation Studies

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If you do not have the academic requirements for admission to University, you can apply to enrol in the Certificate in Foundation Studies. Successful completion of this two-semester qualification will give you admission to University and prepare you for undergraduate study.

What is it like?

Why do the certificate in Foundation Studies?

If you do not have the academic requirements for admission to University, you can apply to enrol in the Certificate in Foundation Studies. Successful completion of this two-semester qualification will give you admission to University and prepare you for undergraduate study.

To complete the Certificate you will do eight courses - four compulsory courses that focus on academic language, study and research skills and four elective courses from your area of academic interest. Elective courses can be chosen from Business, Science, Health and Humanities/Social Science pathways (subject to academic approval).

On successful completion of the Certificate in Foundation Studies you will be eligible for admission to unrestricted undergraduate programmes at Massey University and other New Zealand universities. If you are intending to take an undergraduate degree with additional subject or portfolio requirements, you should contact the University for advice.

A good fit if you:

  • Have completed a qualification which is equivalent academically to New Zealand’s NCEA Level 2
  • Have you achieved 14 literacy credits at NCEA level 1 or higher
  • Have achieved a 5.5 IELTS (no band less than 5.0) and need additional academic credits for admission to university
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