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The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies


This programme is specially designed to prepare international students from non-English speaking countries for study in a New Zealand university. It is taught and administered by the Centre for Foundation Studies and includes papers in mathematics, economics and New Zealand government and society, and also develops language and learning skills in an academic context.

Regulations for the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CertAttainFoundSt)
1.   Every candidate for the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies must be accepted by the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
2.   There are no formal prerequisites for admission to the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies programme. However, candidates for the certificate must produce evidence which satisfies the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences that they are proficient in English language to the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of Level 5 in the Writing Band. Candidates must also have reached a standard of education at least equivalent to 6th form level in a New Zealand secondary school.
3.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study for not less than two semesters.
4.   Candidates must gain 120 points including 45 points from the three compulsory papers as set out in the schedule in the Calendar.
5.   Every candidate for the certificate must complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board such class work, practical work, assignments, tests and oral and written examinations as may be required.

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