AUT University
Certificate in
Foundation Studies

The AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies prepares students for entry into AUT undergraduate degree programmes.
AUT University Certificate in Foundation

The AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies helps international students transition to an AUT undergraduate degree of choice. The certificate programme is taught by UP International College in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, close to public transport and a wide range of accommodation.

New Zealand’s fastest growing university, AUT University is home to 30,000+ students, including 5,400+ international students from over 95 countries. AUT has a reputation for strong industry links and high graduate employment rate.

01.

University Pathways

Students who achieve required grades in the AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies are guaranteed entry into an appropriate AUT undergraduate degree. The programme is also approved for entry into all other New Zealand universities and selected Australian universities.

Two offers of place from the start

Students who enrol in the AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies receive two offers of place: a letter of offer for the Foundation Studies course and a conditional letter of offer for an undergraduate degree at AUT. Once students successfully complete their certificate and meet other admission requirements, AUT sends a confirmed offer of place.

Academic excellence – the key to success

UP Education recruits top specialists in each field of study so you can achieve the best possible results. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials and self-study periods, with laboratory and practical classes for some subjects. Expect 20–29 hours of contact teaching each week, with another 20 hours a week in self-study. Each student is assigned a tutor to be on hand to help with any issues. AUT University staff also meet with students to discuss degree options and answer questions.

Facilities

UP International College facilities include well equipped air-conditioned classrooms and computer laboratories and all students have access to the University library, learning centre and sports facilities.
02.

Intakes and Fees

Applying for the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies is simple. Applications can be made in person at our UP International College Auckland campus, online, or by filling out a hard copy application form and emailing or posting it to us.

Intakes

The AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies takes 6 to 18 months (two to six terms) to complete, depending on the student’s academic background and level of English

 

Course Duration English Level Start Dates Cost
Fast Track 6 months
(2 terms)
IELTS 6.0
(a minimum of 5.0 in all bands)
28 January, 28 April,
15 July, 2 October
NZD18,000
Standard 8/9 months
(3terms)
IELTS 5.5
(a minimum of 5.0 in all bands)
28 January, 28 April,
15 July, 2 October
NZD21,000
Standard Plus 12 months
(4 terms)
IELTS 5.0
(a minimum of 4.5 in all bands)
28 January, 28 April,
15 July, 2 October
NZD28,000
Extended 18 months
(6 terms)
IELTS 4.5
(a minimum of 4.0 in all bands)
28 January, 28 April,
15 July, 2 October
NZD42,750
Fast Track
Duration 6 months(2 terms)
English Level IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands)
Start Dates 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 October
Cost NZD18,000
Standard
Duration 8/9 months(3terms)
English Level IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands)
Start Dates 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 Octoberr
Cost NZD21,000
Standard Plus
Duration 12 months (4 terms)
English Level IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands)
Start Dates 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 Octoberr
Cost NZD28,000
Extended
Duration 18 months (6 terms)
English Level IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands)
Start Dates 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 Octoberr
Cost NZD42,750

The academic year is divided into four terms and there are four start dates each year. Fast-track, Standard, Standard Plus and Extended are available at the start of each term.

Start dates 2020

Fast-track 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 October
Standard 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 October
Standard Plus 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 October
Extended 28 January, 28 April, 15 July, 2 October
These start dates include Orientation, which students must attend.

Entry requirements for the AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies:

Students must be at least 16 years of age and be able to show proof of successful academic experience and qualifications at:

  • New Zealand Year 12 level (NCEA Level 2); or
  • Grade 12/11 (Asia); or
  • Senior high school 3rd/2nd year, or
  • agreed equivalent

 

For the 6-month (two-term) Fast-track programme option:

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.0 in all bands); or
  • UP English Studies Level 5; or
  • equivalent in UP English Language Test; or
  • agreed equivalent

For the 8-month (three-term) Standard programme option:

  • IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in all bands); or
  • UP English Studies Level 4; or
  • equivalent in UP English Language Test; or
  • agreed equivalent

For the 12-month (four-term) Standard Plus programme option:

  • IELTS 5.0 (minimum of 4.5 in all bands); or
  • UP English Studies Level 3; or
  • equivalent in UP English Language Test; or
  • agreed equivalent

For the 18-month (six-term) Extended programme option:

  • IELTS 4.5 (minimum of 4.0 in all bands); or
  • UP English Studies Level 2; or
  • equivalent in UP English Language Test; or
  • agreed equivalent
English I 50% tests/assignments
English II 50% tests/assignments
and 50% final exam
Culture and Society 100% tests/assignments
(no final exam)
Tertiary Study Skills 100% tests/assignments
 (no final exam)
Design Studio 100% portfolio and workbook
(no final exam)
Drawing 100% portfolio and workbook
(no final exam)
Academic Subjects 30% tests/assignments and 70% final exam
Statistics 50% tests/assignments and 50% final exam
03.

Subjects

In this subject, students will:

  • Engage in academic discussions and improve their presentation skills
  • Develop language and research skills that are necessary for writing academic essays
  • Practise a range of strategies for reading and understanding complex academic texts
  • Develop summary and paraphrasing skills
  • Use citations and references in the APA Style
  • Practise critical thinking and independent study skills that are essential for successful university studies
  • Learn to take effective notes using a range of strategies and techniques
  • Undertake independent research

Topics include:

  • Language development through reading
  • Listening, collaboration and leadership
  • Academic research and report writing skills development
  • Oral presentation and peer review working in groups

Topics include:

  • Study skills
  • Exam techniques
  • Academic listening and note-taking
  • Listening for organisation in lectures
  • Lecture comprehension and note-taking practice
  • Microsoft Word Intermediate – Advanced
  • Microsoft Excel Intermediate – Advanced
  • PowerPoint
  • Referencing (The Harvard System)
  • Research project
  • The case study (case analysis report)
  • Oral presentations

Topics include:

  • Geographical features of New Zealand
  • New Zealand social customs
  • Consumer issues in New Zealand
  • Education
  • New Zealand politics
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Major historical events
  • Conservation in New Zealand
  • The New Zealand legal system
  • Employment in New Zealand

Topics include:

  • Basic design methodologies
  • Design brief
  • Typography
  • Layout and visual image
  • Digital manipulation of image and text
  • Research

Topics include:

  • Drawing materials and processes
  • Observational skills
  • Handling drawing materials
  • Development of ideas
  • Drawing in a range of discipline contexts including design, visual arts, architecture and fashion

Topics include:

  • Users of accounting information
  • Forms of business ownership
  • Features of a sole proprietor
  • Financial reports for a sole proprietor business
  • Accounting concepts
  • The accounting equation
  • Processing transactions for a sole proprietor including journals, ledgers and the trial balance
  • Balance day adjustments
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial reports for a sole proprietor

Topics include:

  • Scarcity and allocation
  • Consumer demand
  • Producer supply
  • Market equilibrium
  • Market situations

Topics include:

  • Circular flow of income
  • Money and credit market
  • Government budget and money supply
  • Foreign exchange market
  • Government monetary and fiscal policy

Topics include:

  • Algebra functions
  • Trigonometry conics
  • Geometry

Topics include:

  • Differential and integral calculus with applications
  • Differential equations
  • Complex numbers
  • Graphs of combinations of functions
  • Numerical solutions
  • Numerical integration

Topics include:

  • Sampling
  • Picturing distributions
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Normal distributions
  • Correlation and regression
  • Describing relationships
  • Probability
  • Random variables

Topics include:

  • Periodic table
  • Chemical bonding
  • Formulae and structure
  • Chemical reactions
  • Acids and bases
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Solubility
  • Simple nuclear transformations
  • Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry

Topics include:

  • Classification
  • Ecosystems – factors, trophic levels & nutrient cycles
  • Conservation
  • Population studies
  • Community dynamics
  • Genetics – Mendelian problems and inheritance
  • Evolution – evidence of evolution, natural selection & variation

Topics include:

  • Biochemistry – water, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein & lipids
  • DNA & RNA – structures & replication
  • Protein synthesis
  • Mutation & karyotype
  • Cell structures, processes & division
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular respiration
  • Alternation of generations

Topics include:

  • Direct current electricity
  • Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Capacitors in DC circuits
  • Elecromagnetism
  • Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws
  • Alternating current electricity
  • RC,RL and RCL Circuits – Resonance

Topics include:

  • Linear motion
  • Rotational motion
  • Circular motion
  • Work, power and energy
  • The work-energy method
  • Concurrent and Non-concurrent force systems
  • Reaction at beam supports
  • Shear force and bending moment diagrams

Topics include:

  • Arithmetic skills
  • Linear equations and inequalities
  • Percentages, progressions and interest rates
  • Non-linear functions and optimisation
  • Constrained linear optimisation
  • Time series analysis
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Microsoft Excel is also introduced to solve some of the applied problems

Topics include:

  • Role of government in achieving efficient & equitable outcomes for society
  • Resource allocation by Planned & Market economies.
  • Market failure to allocate resources efficiently or fairly. For example:
  • –Monopolies
  • –Merit & demerit goods
  • –Mixed goods
  • Income distribution & inequalities of wealth
  • Economics of immigration

Assessments

We prepare students for assessments that will get them into AUT’s degree programmes.

Our assessments are benchmarked against international standards and are a stepping stone to achievement.

The final mark for subjects is made up of a combination of tests, assignments and the final exam.

04.

Location & Facilities

The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies is taught at the UP International college in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, close to public transport and a wide range of accommodation. Students on this programme also have access to the world-class facilities at AUT.

The UP International College is located in the heart of Auckland at 345 Queen Street, close to public transport, accommodation and a vibrant range of entertainment and cultural offerings.

Our modern, air-conditioned classrooms are well equipped with the latest multimedia capabilities, all computers have email and internet access, and computer laboratories are available for independent study from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Other campus facilities include a large student common room, espresso coffee cart and café offering fresh food and drinks. All students enrolled in the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies also have access to AUT’s library, learning centre and excellent sporting facilities.

Contact us
Location
AUCKLAND

345 Queen St
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
PO Box 78-359
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245

T +64 9 307 5399
F +64 9 377 7125

WELLINGTON

Level 3, West wing
Wellington Railway Station
2 Bunny St
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

T +64 4 9795566

Following the Government announcement, New Zealand has now moved to Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19. This means all UP Education campuses are closed for face to face delivery of education from Tuesday 24 March 2020 for four weeks minimum. While our campuses aren’t physically open, we will be continuing the education of our students via virtual/online modes of delivery. Our absolute priority is the safety of our students and staff during these challenging and unprecedented times. For further information head to our parent company, UP Education for further information