Certificate of University Preparation (UG:Certificate)

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About Certificate of University Preparation at University of Waikato

Summer school option starts 6 November 2017 and finishes in time to start your degree in A semester.

CUP has been designed to help students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic preparation or left school some time ago and are looking for a career change.

This programme will introduce you to an adult learning situation including lectures, tutorials and workshops. The Certificate of University Preparation is an academically approved qualification that covers skills such as note taking, research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.

Taught on the Hamilton campus students have full access to University facilities and services, enabling you to adapt to this new environment prior to starting your degree. Following your successful completion of CUP, you'll be eligible for entry at all New Zealand Universities and most undergraduate degrees.


One semester full-time (four papers)

Available Dates:


  • B Semester - 10 July to 27 October 2017
  • Summer School* - 6 November to 15 December 2017 and 3 January to 16 February 2018
    *Students will study the two compulsory papers (C semester) plus one T semester and one S semester papers. 


  • A Semester - 26 February to 23 June 2018
  • B Semester - 9 July to 2 November 2018
  • Summer School - 5 November to end of February 2019

Course requirements:

Students are required to take four papers, two compulsory and two elective. For a full-time student, there are up to 17 hours of class, and around 20 hours of self-directed study a week. Classes are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Student have the option to study part-time with approval.

Compulsory papers:

Paper Title Paper Code Semesters papers are availableIntroduction to Study Skills FOUND001 A, B & C semesters Introduction to Critical Thought and Expression FOUND002 A, B & C semesters

Please note: The paper codes shown above are for 2018 these differ from the 2017 codes.


Paper Title Paper code Semesters papers are availableBridging Arts FOUND003 A, B & T semesters Bridging Social Sciences FOUND004 A, B & S semesters Bridging Business Studies FOUND005 A & B Semesters Bridging Accounting FOUND006 A & B semesters Bridging Calculus FOUND007 A, B & S semesters Bridging Mathematics and Statistics FOUND008 A, B & S semesters Bridging Biology FOUND009 A, B & T semesters Bridging Chemistry FOUND010 A, B & S semesters Bridging Physics FOUND011 A, B & T semesters Bridging General Science FOUND012 A, B & T semesters Te Huarahi Bridging Māori FOUND013 A & B semesters

Please note: The paper codes shown above are for 2018 these differ from the 2017 codes.

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