College Programmes (2022)

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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  • Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CertAttainEngLang)

    The Certificate of Attainment in English Language is offered at the University of Waikato College and has eight levels, from Elementary to Advanced. The level of admission will depend on the student's current level of proficiency in English language. Students who do not have an IELTS result of 4.0 or equivalent are given a placement test that is administered by the College in order to determine the level at which a student may enter the programme.

    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.

    CAENL004, CAENL005, CAENL006, CAENL007 and CAENL008 are also 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 programme 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 a minimum of 5.0 in writing (or approved equivalent assessment) prior to admission.

    Candidates must complete the equivalent of 120 points (eight papers). Students 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 or FOUND014.

    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, or FOUND014.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • 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.

  • 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, FOUND301, FOUND302 and FOUND303.

    For further information, contact the University of Waikato College.

  • 000 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    CAENL001Elementary English 143.022J (Online) & 22L (Online)
    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 243.022J (Online) & 22L (Online)
    This paper is intended for learners at elementary level and extends the listening and speaking skills developed in CAENL001. The range of linguistic contexts is expanded and there is greater focus on general reading and writing skills.
    CAENL003Pre-Intermediate English43.022J (Online) & 22L (Online)
    This paper builds on the foundations laid down in CAENL001 and CAENL002. 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)43.022I (Online), 22J (Online), 22K (Online) & 22L (Online)
    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)43.022I (Online), 22J (Online), 22K (Online) & 22L (Online)
    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)43.022I (Online), 22K (Online), 22L (Online) & 22Z (Online)
    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)43.022I (Online), 22K (Online), 22L (Online) & 22Z (Online)
    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)43.022I (Online), 22K (Online), 22L (Online) & 22Z (Online)
    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 Essentials15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Online)
    This is a skills-based paper which focuses on note-taking, research, essay writing, exam preparation and the other learning processes that are fundamental to successful university study.
    FOUND002Foundations of Critical Thought15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Online)
    In this paper, students are introduced to the skills and concepts of critical thought and expression which help them to maximise their success at university.
    FOUND003Foundations of Arts15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Online)
    This paper provides students with an introduction to the Humanities. It focuses especially on arts subjects offered at the University of Waikato, such as English, History, Languages, Music, and Screen and Media Studies. This paper leads in to degrees with arts based content such as the LLB and BTchg, as well as the BA.
    FOUND004Foundations of Social Sciences15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with a structured and focused introduction to the Social Sciences. It draws on historical and contemporary examples in order to illustrate how important events and ideas have shaped the modern social science subjects. The paper also offers an applied introduction to social science research. This paper l...
    FOUND005Foundations of Business Studies15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper prepares students for degree-level study in management-related disciplines. It introduces and applies foundation business concepts, so that students develop both business and tertiary skills at the same time.
    FOUND007Foundations of Calculus15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper gives the necessary preparation in pure mathematics for students wishing to undertake first year university mathematics papers. Particular attention is paid to the areas of algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus.
    FOUND008Foundations of Mathematics and Statistics15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Online)
    The paper introduces students to basic algebraic and geometric concepts, trigonometric methods, calculus and statistics. The paper is designed to lead in to one of MATHS165, MATHS168 or STATS121.
    FOUND009Foundations of Biology15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to prepare students for 100 level papers in Biology. Students will study different systems in living organisms. They will also learn about cell structure, genetics and evolution, as well as discuss contemporary issues in biology.
    FOUND010Foundations of Chemistry15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to prepare students for 100 level papers in Chemistry. Students will study energy changes, aqueous solution chemistry, atomic structure, bonding and the periodic table, organic substances, inorganic substances, and oxidation-reduction.
    FOUND011Foundations of Physics15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Online)
    This paper is designed to prepare students for 100 level papers in Physics or to provide a background in Physics for other tertiary study. Students will study mechanics, wave motion, electromagnetism, and atomic/nuclear physics. They will do a wide range of experiments related to the topics and also conduct a special research assig...
    FOUND012Foundations of Science15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to basic concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences within a Maori and Pacific context and is designed to prepare students for science study at university, particularly in Earth Sciences or Ecology.
    FOUND014Foundations of Accounting, Finance and Economics15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22C (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the fundamental concepts of accounting, finance and economics. It will demonstrate the interconnections between these disciplines.
    FOUND021English for Foundation Studies 115.022A (Online), 22B (Online) & 22C (Online)
    This paper provides students with English language development in the areas of reading and writing skills as they relate to their subject area studies.
    FOUND022English for Foundation Studies 215.022A (Online), 22B (Online) & 22C (Online)
    This paper provides students with further English language development in the areas of reading, writing and speaking with a focus on understanding and producing more complex spoken and written text types.
  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    FOUND101English for Academic Purposes 115.022B (Online) & 22C (Online)
    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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    FOUND201English for Academic Purposes 215.022A (Online) & 22C (Online)
    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 Capabilities15.022B (Online) & 22C (Online)
    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
    FOUND301New Zealand Context and Society30.022B (Online) & 22C (Online)
    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 this lens to analyse social, cultural, political and economic norm...
    FOUND302Professional Communication15.022A (Online) & 22C (Online)
    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 Project30.022A (Online) & 22C (Online)
    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.

2022 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 21 September 2021 3:21pm

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