If you are thinking about doing a polytechnic or university course but don’t have enough NCEA credits, consider doing a bridging or foundation course. Bridging courses can help build up your skills and meet the minimum entry requirements for a degree course. Foundation courses are usually a full year of study and are an excellent way to develop good study habits before you start your degree course, even though they don't count towards your degree.
Some tertiary institutes have foundation year scholarships available, so find out if you are eligible.
Bridging and foundation courses are for you if:
- you don't meet the minimum entry requirements for a tertiary course
- you are unsure of your ability to cope with tertiary study
- you haven't studied for some time
- you want to see what tertiary study is like before you make a financial commitment
If this sounds like you, explore the various courses on offer below or visit the website of your chosen tertiary institution, as new classes become available all the time!
Tertiary Foundation/Bridging Courses
- Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Auckland University of Technology
- Lincoln University
- Massey University
- Manukau Institute of Technology
- Southern Institute of Technology
- Taylors College
- Te Wananga o Aotearoa
- Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi
- University of Auckland
- University of Canterbury
- University of Otago
- University of Waikato
- Victoria University of Wellington