College Programmes (2024)

University of Waikato College offers a variety of Foundation, Diploma and English language programmes to prepare students for studies at undergraduate and postgraduate degree level. The College is home to students from all over the world, who enjoy a welcoming and diverse student community, and all the support needed to graduate will the skills necessary for higher level study.


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  • Non-Assessed English Language Courses

    The University of Waikato College offers a variety of international English Language programmes to students including a General English course and tailor-made professional, academic and vocational study tours.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CertAttainEngLang)

    The Certificate of Attainment in English Language is offered at the University of Waikato College and has three levels, from Elementary to Pre-Intermediate. The level of admission will depend on the student's current level of proficiency in English language.

    CAENL001, CAENL002 and CAENL003 are taught in Hamilton and offered on a full-time basis. These papers aim to provide international students whose first language is not English, with a programme which will develop their proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking English in a variety of formal and informal contexts in preparation for the higher levels.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CertAttainAcadEng)

    The Certificate of Attainment in Academic English is offered at the University of Waikato College and has five levels, from Intermediate to Advanced. This certificate is for students with an equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 4.0 or higher. The level of admission will depend on the student's current level of proficiency in English language.

    CAENL004, CAENL005, CAENL006, CAENL007 and CAENL008 are taught in Hamilton and offered on a full-time basis. Classes focus on the skills needed for successful study in higher education in New Zealand such as academic writing, listening, note-taking, reading, and oral presentation skills. Higher levels can provide entry to the Foundation Studies and Diploma programmes or a range of undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at the University of Waikato.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CertAttainFoundSt)

    The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies provides international students whose first language is not English with a programme that will prepare them for study in a New Zealand university. All students should have achieved an IELTS score of at least 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 (or approved equivalent assessment) prior to admission.

    Candidates enrolled in the 120 point CertAttainFoundSt must complete one of two pathways:

    1. Hamilton pathway - Students must complete: FOUND001, FOUND021 and FOUND022.

    2. China Learning Centre pathway - Students must complete: FOUND072, FOUND073, FOUND074, FOUND075 and FOUND076.

    Under both pathways, the remaining points must be selected from: FOUND002, FOUND003, FOUND004, FOUND005, FOUND007, FOUND008, FOUND009, FOUND010, FOUND011, FOUND012, FOUND014 or FOUND015.

    Candidates enrolled in the 60 point CertAttainFoundSt must complete FOUND001 and FOUND022. The remaining points must be selected from: FOUND002, FOUND003, FOUND004, FOUND005, FOUND007, FOUND008, FOUND009, FOUND010, FOUND011, FOUND012, FOUND014 or FOUND015.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • Certificate of University Preparation (CUP)

    The Certificate of University Preparation is a one-trimester programme taught in Hamilton. On successful completion you will gain the equivalent of University Entrance as well as the tools and skills to help you transition to degree-level study.

    To complete the Certificate students must pass both FOUND001 and FOUND002 and two of FOUND003, FOUND004, FOUND005, FOUND007, FOUND008, FOUND009, FOUND010, FOUND011, FOUND012, FOUND014 or FOUND015.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • Prescriptions for the International Diploma (IntDip)

    The International Diploma in Business is primarily available to international students as an alternative pathway to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree. Students of the IntDip(Bus) must complete ACCTN101, ECONS101, ENSLA100, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MNGMT101, MRKTG101, STMGT101, and the four modules INDIP101, INDIP102, INDIP103 and INDIP104.

    The International Diploma in Computer Science is primarily available to international students as an alternative pathway to the second year of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a major in Computer Science or Data Analytics, or the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc) degree. Students of the IntDip(CompSc) must complete COMPX101, COMPX102, DATAX111, ENSLA100, MATHS135, MATHS165, and the four modules INDIP101, INDIP102, INDIP103 and INDIP104.

    Students wishing to progress to the BSc should also complete COMPX161 and one of CSMAX175 or MATHS168.

    Students wishing to progress to the BCompSc should take MGSYS101, and one of CSMAX175 or MATHS168.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • Prescriptions for the Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation - Pre-Masters (DipPP)

    The DipPP is a Pre-Masters programme primarily available to international students as an alternative pathway to enter specific Masters qualifications.

    The qualification regulations define the requirements for the DipPP.

    To complete the DipPP students must complete FOUND101, FOUND201, FOUND202, FOUND300, FOUND302, FOUND303 and FOUND304.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • 000 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    CAENL001Elementary English 143.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24L (Hamilton)
    This paper provides English language training at low-elementary level. It provides basic training in face-to-face communication with an emphasis on the listening and speaking skills necessary in familiar New Zealand social contexts.
    CAENL002Elementary English 243.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24L (Hamilton)
    This paper is intended for learners at elementary level to develop listening and speaking skills. The range of linguistic contexts is expanded and there is greater focus on general reading and writing skills.
    CAENL003Pre-Intermediate English43.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24L (Hamilton)
    Learners' abilities to use English for communicative purposes are extended and a more integrated approach is taken to developing the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
    CAENL004Intermediate English (Academic English)43.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24L (Hamilton)
    At intermediate level language skills are developed systematically. The range of language functions developed through listening and speaking skills training is extended. Reading and writing skills development begins to focus on academic contexts.
    CAENL005Upper Intermediate English 1 (Academic English)43.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24L (Hamilton)
    This paper develops effective strategies in managing academic study in western educational contexts. Proficiency is enhanced in areas such as listening, reading and note-taking. Learners are made aware of features of academic texts. The description and comparison of information is explored in the development of writing skills.
    CAENL006Upper Intermediate English 2 (Academic English)43.024I (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton), 24L (Hamilton) & 24Z (Hamilton)
    At post-intermediate level academic study skills development continues and is extended into areas such as library research projects, summarising and report writing, referencing and recording bibliographies. Training in tutorial and seminar presentation skills is introduced.
    CAENL007Advanced English 1 (Academic English)43.024I (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton), 24L (Hamilton) & 24Z (Hamilton)
    The reading and writing skills required for project, dissertation and thesis work are further refined at this level and learners explore the organisation of written texts in these areas. Listening and speaking skills development focuses on longer texts.
    CAENL008Advanced English 2 (Academic English)43.024I (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton), 24L (Hamilton) & 24Z (Hamilton)
    The development of reading and writing skills focuses further on the purposes structures and style of particular academic texts. More specialised subject content is offered, in consultation with particular groups of learners.
    FOUND001Academic Essentials15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the academic context and learning strategies aimed to foster success in university study. Students will develop skills in academic reading and writing, planning and giving presentations, note-taking, goal-setting, planning, and reflection. They will be introduced to the principles of academic integ...
    FOUND002Foundations of Critical Thought15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to ways of analysing information people encounter in their everyday lives and in university papers. We begin by explaining what critical thinking is and looking at components of persuasive arguments. Then, we explore various forms of faulty argument and introduce formal logic. Skills developed are the...
    FOUND003Foundations of Arts15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the study of the arts, primarily through exploring human engagement with stories, both fictional and nonfictional. We begin by considering the origins of the human storytelling instinct and the earliest forms of stories, myths. Then we'll investigate various folktales and begin exploring the struct...
    FOUND004Foundations of Social Sciences15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the social sciences. We begin by considering what the social sciences are, and consider when, where, how, and why they developed. We look at how social scientists view the world, consider personal worldviews and their powerful influence on how people make sense of their lives and others'. We also e...
    FOUND005Foundations of Business Studies15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the key concepts of strategic management, marketing, supply chain, management systems and digital business and how they interrelate. Through analysis of case studies students will consider how key concepts can be applied to real-world business decisions, as well as the challenges faced by managers ...
    FOUND007Foundations of Calculus15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to introduce students to concepts of pure mathematics. We begin with basic algebra, functions, and co-ordinate geometry. The majority of our time will be devoted to differentiation, integration, and differential equations. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply them to a variety of mathemati...
    FOUND008Foundations of Mathematics and Statistics15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to strengthen students' mathematical skills and deepen their understanding of key mathematical concepts. We begin with number, basic algebraic methods, coordinate geometry, and trigonometric relationships. Then we devote time to methods of calculus, statistics, and probability. Students will develop problem...
    FOUND009Foundations of Biology15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to deepen students' understanding of key concepts in biology. We begin with cells, genes, and heredity. Then we devote time to study how organisms consume and transform energy to maintain homeostasis. We also study plant and animal systems in relation to whole organism functioning, cell organisation, and ge...
    FOUND010Foundations of Chemistry15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to deepen students' understanding of key concepts in organic and inorganic chemistry. We begin with properties of subatomic particles, atoms, and atomic structure. We then study moles, equilibrium, bonding, and acids and bases. Students' learning will be supported by a range of experiments and demonstration...
    FOUND011Foundations of Physics15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to develop students' understanding of Physics by exploring some of the principles that underlie the physical realm. We begin by looking at mechanics, the study of motion. We then study electricity and magnetism and the relationship between these two fields, the characteristics of waves and atomic/nuclear ph...
    FOUND012Foundations of Science15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper will introduce students to the nature of Science, scientific inquiry, and fundamental scientific conceptual frameworks. We begin by looking at key concepts in Physics and Biology. We then consider key concepts in Chemistry and Earth Sciences. We will also explore how scientists gather and analyse empirical data.
    FOUND014Foundations of Business Financials15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the wider financial world. Throughout the paper students will learn about the concepts and interconnections between accounting, finance and economics and how to apply these in business decision-making. They will also learn how to prepare, analyse and interpret financial and economic data.
    FOUND015Foundations of Health15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    Drawing on Maaori, Pacific and western knowledges, students will develop a holistic and authentic knowledge of themselves in relation to health and the human body. Students will gain an understanding of key health-related concepts and perspectives, and areas of knowledge, including the body, the languages(s) of health, and the Aote...
    FOUND021English for Foundation Studies 115.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper uses a framework of relevant contemporary topics, including Te Ao Maori to develop students' language competence. We will begin by identifying the main ideas in academic texts. We will then work on developing written and oral communication skills. Throughout the paper, students will build their academic vocabulary and co...
    FOUND022English for Foundation Studies 215.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper uses a framework of relevant contemporary topics, including Te Ao Maori to enhance students' language competence. We will begin by analysing the main ideas in academic texts. We will then work on developing written and oral communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. Throughout the paper, students will b...
  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    FOUND101English for Academic Purposes 115.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    Students are introduced to academic discourse, academic research process, and New Zealand university systems, including academic integrity. They will produce tertiary-level academic scholarship individually and with peers.
    INDIP101English for Academic Purposes0.024W (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
    This module is part of a suite of four modules designed to develop English language skills for academic purposes as well as cultivate the study skills needed to excel in a university setting. The purpose of this module is to introduce students to academic study in a New Zealand context and equip them with an understanding of Englis...
    INDIP102Positive Learning Practices0.024W (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
    This module is part of a suite of four modules designed to develop English language skills for academic purposes as well as cultivate the study skills needed to excel in a university setting. The purpose of this module is to develop students' awareness of positive learning practices in relation to academic integrity and success.
    INDIP103Academic Skills and Practices0.024A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton)
    This module is part of a suite of four modules designed to develop English language skills for academic purposes as well as cultivate the study skills needed to excel in a university setting. The purpose of this module is to foster independent learners with increased intercultural competence and the evaluative skills and practices ...
    INDIP104Critical Reflection0.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This module is part of a suite of modules designed to develop English language skills for academic purposes as well as cultivate the study skills needed to excel in a university setting. The purpose of this final module is to cultivate students' ability to critically think about, reflect on, and interpret personal learning and acad...
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    FOUND201English for Academic Purposes 215.024A (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with the opportunity to further develop their academic literacy skills, including enhanced understanding and interrogation of academic texts, and more in-depth research and referencing techniques.
    FOUND202Personal and Professional Capabilities15.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper enables students to obtain the personal and professional capabilities they need to succeed in postgraduate study in New Zealand. Students will develop critical thinking skills, analysing their own preferences and capabilities, raising self-awareness and understanding the impact of these on their professional behaviour.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    FOUND300New Zealand Context and Society15.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    Students will develop an understanding of how culture, heritage and New Zealand specific environments influence aspects of New Zealand life. Students will develop an awareness of historical events and how they have shaped New Zealand society, and will be able to use the acquired knowledge to analyse social, cultural, political and ...
    FOUND302Professional Communication15.024A (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    This paper will focus on the skills required to communicate clearly in a variety of oral, written and digital formats to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences. Students will develop; the ability to contribute effectively to collaborative tasks and projects, the capacity for cross-cultural communication and skills for...
    FOUND303Professional Project30.024A (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    Students undertake a practical project in the context of a New Zealand organisation or industry and report on their findings. This project provides students with the opportunity to evidence the synthesis of their learning throughout the programme.
    FOUND304Research Methods15.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
    Students will develop an understanding of different research and data collection and analysis methods and will be able to select the appropriate method for a given problem. Students will also develop an awareness of research ethics and will gain the necessary skills for reviewing and evaluating published research and developing and...

2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 27 February 2024 10:33am

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