The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is designed to prepare Aotearoa New Zealand citizens or permanent residents for university study. The CUP programme provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment with small classes and individual attention to help you develop your confidence to succeed at university.
CUP is recommended for people of all ages, those who have been out of study for a while and want to refresh their study skills, or school leavers who want to gain University Entrance. Course places are limited to allow for small classes, which could include a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, exercises, and group tasks.
CUP is a one-semester programme of study for full-time students, with three intakes per year. Flexible part-time and distance options are also available. Full-time study could mean up to 40 hours of study per week, including up to 24 hours of classes and time spent on self-directed learning.
The core course, TRNS 001 Academic Writing and Study Skills is delivered in partnership with Hagley College in the February and July intakes.
The CUP programme will help you to develop the skills necessary for successful university study, including:
The CUP programme provides an environment for students to:
For the full qualification requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in University Preparation.
We accept students into the CUP programme based on:
All students have an interview before they start to help design an appropriate pathway around their future ambitions and current needs.
Our intention is for students to succeed in tertiary study, and some background knowledge is required for certain degree pathways.
We have a partnership with Hagley College to deliver an extended pathway into degree study, if required.
See the apply for preparatory programmes webpage for application information. The Regulations for the Certificate in University Preparation has all regulatory details.How to apply
To apply for entry into the Certificate in University Preparation programme, you need to apply to enrol online with myUC.