Entry requirements

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Entry requirements for the Foundation Studies Certificate programme

To enrol in University of Auckland’s Foundation Studies Certificate programme, you need to have a minimum level of English language proficiency (IELTS score) and meet specified academic entry requirements. When you have successfully completed the Foundation Studies Certificate programme you will go on to study your undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland. Find out more about progression requirements.

You can now apply for the Foundation Studies Certificate programme (Standard and Intensive length) with all start dates in 2021, using your Duolingo English Test result. For more information on how to use Duolingo as an alternative to other standardised English language proficiency tests click here.

English language requirements

English test Foundation Studies Certificate programme (standard delivery 46, 47 or 42 weeks) Foundation Studies Certificate programme (intensive delivery 35 or 33 weeks)
IELTS (Academic) IELTS 5.0 (no band less than 4.5)* IELTS 5.5** (no band less than 5.0)
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 35 (writing no less than 14) 46 (writing no less than 18)
Paper-based TOEFL 33 (writing no less than 14) 44 (writing no less than 14)
Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary Overall score of 154 and no bands below 147 Overall score of 162 and no bands below 154
Cambridge English: B2 First Overall score of 154 and no bands below 147 Overall score of 162 and no bands below 154
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 36 42
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ISE I with no less than distinction in any band ISE II with no less than pass in any band
LanguageCert - International ESOL B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Duolingo English test *** An overall score of at least 80 An overall score of at least 90
IELTS Indicator^ IELTS 5.0 (no band less than 4.5) 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
TOEFL Special Home Edition^ 35 (writing no less than 14) 46 (writing no less than 18)
TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution^ Overall score of 510, with 45 in Structure and Written Expression, and 19 in Interview and Speaking Overall score of 540, with 50 in Structure and Written Expression and 12 in Interview and Speaking

*This requirement is under review, and may change in 2020.
**The current English language requirement is an overall IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent. This requirement is subject to final approval.
***This exception is due to the current difficulties experienced as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, and applies for 2021 intakes only.
^Available in 2021 only across all available intakes.

Academic requirements (country-specific)

  • Academic requirements
    Country Pre-Foundation programme Foundation Studies Certificate programme (standard delivery, at least 41 weeks) Foundation Studies Certificate programme (intensive delivery, at least 31 weeks)
    Australia Year 11
    (60% in relevant subjects)
    Year 11
    (70% in relevant subjects)
    Year 11
    (75% in relevant subjects)
    China Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 60% or above in relevant subjects First semester of Senior Year 2, Senior Year 2, or Senior Year 3 – 70% or above in relevant subjects* Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3 - 80% or above in relevant subjects
    Hong Kong Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects
    HKDSE - 2 Level 2 and 1 Level 1 in relevant subjects
    Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects
    HKDSE - 3 relevant subjects at Level 2
    Form 5 with satisfactory results in 4 academic subjects
    HKDSE - 2 Level 2 and 1 Level 3 in relevant subjects
    India Year 11 60% in 4 relevant subjects Year 11 - 70% in 4 relevant subjects Year 11 - 80% in 4 relevant subjects
    Indonesia SMA 2 - 65% in 4 academic subjects SMA 2 - 70-75% in 4 academic subjects SMA 2 - GPA 80%-85% in 4 academic subjects
    Iran Year 11 with 14 / 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 16 / 20 in academic subjects Year 11 with 18 / 20 in academic subjects
    Japan Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate Year 2 - Grade 3-4 in academic subjects Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Year 2 - Grade 4-5 in academic subjects Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Year 2 with superior grades in academic subjects
    Korea High School Certificate Year 2 - Rank 4 - 5 High School Certificate Year 2 - Rank 2 - 3 High School Certificate Year 2 - Rank 1
    Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama / General Secondary School Certificate with 70% average in academic subjects Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama / General Secondary School Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama / General Secondary School Certificate with 90% average in academic subjects
    Macau Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 60% - 65% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 65% - 75% in academic subjects Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 75% - 80% in academic subjects
    Malaysia SPM (or forecast) - aggregate of 30 or less across 5 academic subjects SPM (or forecast) - aggregated of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects SPM (or forecast) - aggregate of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
    Mexico Completion of Bachillerato - 6.0/60% in four relevant subjects Completion of Bachillerato - 7.0/70% in four relevant subjects Completion of Bachillerato - 7.5/75% in four relevant subjects
    New Zealand Completion of 38 credits at NCEA Level 1 with no fewer than 12 credits in each of 3 subjects (including Maths) Achieved a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA level 2, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects including Mathematics; or the equivalent Achieved a minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects including Mathematics; or the equivalent
    Russia Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 2 in 3 subjects and a grade of 3 in 2 subjects Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum a grade 3 in 5 subjects Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - minimum of a grade 3 in 3 subjects and a minimum of grade 4 in 2 subjects
    Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 70% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 75% average in academic subjects Tawjihiyah / General Secondary Education Certificate with 90% average in academic subjects
    Singapore Singapore O Levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 30 or less across 5 academic subjects Singapore O Levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects Singapore O Levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
    Sri Lanka Sri Lankan O levels - C grade in 4 academic subjects Sri Lankan O levels - B grade in 4 academic subjects Sri Lankan O levels - 2 A grades and 2 B grades in 4 academic subjects
    Taiwan Senior Year 2 - 60% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 - 70% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 - 80% or above in 4 relevant subjects
    Thailand Matayom 5 GPA 2.2 in academic subjects Matayom 5 GPA 2.5 in academic subjects Matayom 5 GPA 3.0 in academic subjects
    Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma Grade 2 or above in academic subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 2 in 3 subjects and Grade 3 in 2 subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi / State High School Diploma - minimum of Grade 3 in 3 subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
    Vietnam Year 11 - GPA of 7.0 Year 11 - GPA of 7.5 Year 11 - GPA of 8.0

    * First Semester of Senior Year 2 is only applicable to July 2020 Foundation Studies Certificate programme standard delivery only

Don't meet the entry requirements?

If you don't meet the entry requirements above, you can apply for the Pre-Foundation programme or English Language Preparation course. Entry requirements are detailed below.

  • English language requirements

    Check the English language entry requirements for the Pre-Foundation programme and English Language Preparation course below.

    English test Pre-Foundation programme English Language Preparation course
    IELTS Academic IELTS 4.5 (writing no less than 4.5) IELTS 4.0 (no band below 3.5) recommended
    TOEFL PB 450 (TWE 3.5) N/A
    TOEFL IBT 32 (writing no less than 12) N/A
    PTE Academic 34 (writing no less than 35) N/A
    CAE 147 N/A
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