Foundation studies pathways into AUT degrees

If you haven’t achieved University Entrance, don't meet the academic entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, have had a break from formal study or need to build your confidence before starting a bachelor’s degree, consider enrolling in a foundation certificate at AUT.

Foundation certificates at AUT (PDF, 1 page, 50 KB)

Entry requirements for foundation certificates

Domestic students

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis but you generally need:
One-year certificates (120 points)
  • Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • 48 credits at level 2; and
  • 8 credits at level 1 or higher in a subject that demonstrates literacy
One-semester certificates (60 points):
  • Completion of Year 13 or equivalent

International students

You need to have:

  • Completed two years of secondary education in New Zealand; or
  • Successfully completed secondary school in your country of origin; and
  • An academic IELTS score of 5.5 overall, with at least 5 in each band

Other foundation programmes

These certificates are primarily for international students, and provide pathways to AUT degrees.

  • ACG Norton College’s AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies
  • Taylors College’s Foundation Certificate

Foundation programmes for international students


Other tertiary institutes may also offer relevant preparatory programmes for domestic and international students.

Last updated: 01-Feb-2017 1.11pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.