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Pre-Foundation Programme

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
22 weeks
Start date: 13-July-2020
Taylors College Auckland
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Course details


The Pre-Foundation programme is a 22-23 week programme for students who do not meet the academic or English entry requirements for the University of Auckland's Foundation Studies Certificate programme. The registered name for the Pre-Foundation programme is The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) and is developed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and delivered by Study Group NZ Limited trading as Taylors College.

What will I study?

During this course you will receive an introduction to the subjects that you will study at foundation level, including academic English. You will receive high quality academic tuition, as well as one-to-one support from your teachers. Taylors College Auckland will help you develop and improve your English language skills throughout the programme.

Core subjects


A focus on the four basic language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Includes an introduction to academic reading and writing skills, with an emphasis on independent learning, interpreting resources and using new knowledge to answer questions and write essays.


Develops a skill base that will prepare you to specialise in statistics and/or calculus during the Foundation Studies Certificate programme.

Information Technology

Focuses on essential skills needed to study the Foundation Studies Certificate programme, including wider computing skills, presentation skills, and internet use for study and research.


On successful completion, you will be awarded a New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2).

When you complete the programme

Once you have successfully completed the Pre-Foundation programme, you can apply for the Foundation Studies Certificate programme. This programme is held on the same campus, so you will be familiar with your study environment and the friendly teaching staff at Taylors College Auckland.

Due to recent changes in regulations, effective from 01 January 2019, students studying the Pre-Foundation programme at Taylors College Auckland must achieve an IELTS score or other internationally recognised English test outcome as required by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to gain entry to the Foundation Studies Certificate programme.

Entry criteria

Students must be 16 years old to enrol.

Have completed a qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 1.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Meet the English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 4.5 (writing no less than 4.5), TOEFL (PB) score of 450 (TWE 3.5), TOEFL (iBT) score of 32 (writing no less than 12), PTE Academic 34 (writing no less than 35), CAE - 147.

Course variation

January-2021 - Taylors College Auckland

Taylors College Auckland
Tuition fees:
23 weeks
Start date: January-2021
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