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Waikato Pathways College programmes

Waikato Pathways College (WPC) focuses on future learning opportunities for all students within the University. Programmes providing pathways to successful degree study are offered and include academic, specific purpose and general English Language programmes. These programmes will prepare you with the research and study skills you need and offer support and guidance which will make successful university study not just possible, but probable.

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Certificate of University Preparation (CUP)

The Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) is a full-time formal qualification offered jointly by the University of Waikato and Wintec. It will be taught in both A, B and the summer semesters on the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus in Hillcrest. CUP is for 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. This Programme will give you University Entrance and can help you make the transition into degree-study.

Find out more about the Certificate of University Preparation (CUP).

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS)

Foundation Studies is a full-time academic programme specifically designed to prepare international students whose first language is not English with a programme which will prepare them for study in a New Zealand university. The certificate provides skills in academic English, university study skills and covers the subject areas of mathematics, science, business studies, accounting, arts and social sciences.
Students must meet English language entry requirements and must have a secondary school qualification.

Find out more about the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS).

Academic English

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language (Level 1-3) and the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (Level 4-8) are full-time programmes and run for 10 weeks. There are a number of intakes each year in February, May, August and October.

The core programme focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Higher level CAAE classes also focus on skills needed for successful university study such as note-taking, research and oral presentations.

Find out more about the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL).

Additional courses

General English Language Programme

Our General English programme is designed to improve your everyday language skills. This may be for you If you're a short-term visitor to New Zealand wanting to upskill your use of the language.You can study general english for a minimum of three weeks and for as long as up to six months. The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will receive a Waikato Pathways College Certificate of Attendance. Individual graded reports are also available.

Find out more about the General English Language programme

Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

Are you a teacher who wants further professional development or are you interested in teaching English to adults? With a University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) qualification you can teach English language to adults at language schools and Universities throughout the world.

Find out more about the Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

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What students think about University of Waikato

    Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

    Testimonial from Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences), student at University of Waikato

    Smaller class sizes, enthusiastic lecturers and field trips to exciting North Island locations has made Earth Sciences study at Waikato a top experience for student Billy Bodger.

    Billy completed a BSc in Earth Sciences before beginning an MSc in 2013, with a focus on geology.

    "The flexible BSc course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help," says Billy.

    Some memorable field trips have included a six day excursion to the Hawke's Bay for a sedimentary geology paper and a trip to the GNS Science Wairakei Research Centre for a volcanic geochemistry paper.

    "Both of these field trips and all the other practical activities and applied research I have undertaken at Waikato have given me a valuable insight into the tasks that I could expect to encounter in industry. I have no doubt that these experiences will give me a head-start career-wise."

    A School of Science Masters Research Scholarship in late in 2013 helped kick-start Billy's masters study. Now undertaking research in volcanic geology and gold mineralisation, Billy has been fortunate to work with an international mining corporation and is now trained to use a range of Waikato's excellent laboratory facilities specific to his research.

    "Being able to tailor my degree to suit my strengths and interests makes Waikato a top choice for study. Once you come to Waikato, the doors will open for you and the opportunities are endless."

    Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management)

    Testimonial from Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management), student at University of Waikato

    A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

    She says one of the reasons she chose to study at Waikato was that it was the only university in New Zealand where she could continue both dance and academic studies.

    Kaylee has been dancing since she was four years old and mainly trains in classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2013, Kaylee was accepted into three dance schools in Australia; the prestigious Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she spent a term in 2014 experiencing full-time dancing before returning to her studies, Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

    In 2013 she was awarded honours in both her Advanced 2 BBO Ballet and Contemporary exams, and she was nominated to compete in the 2012 NZ Young Performer of the Year Awards.

    Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce)

    Testimonial from Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce), student at University of Waikato

    Master of Electronic Commerce student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.

    Originally from Taumarunui, he is now half-way through completing his MECom degree online, while continuing to work full-time as a product architect at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a global IT firm in Wellington.

    Since graduating from a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce in 2008, Waylon quickly found work as a business analyst, and his career has gone from strength to strength.

    He now oversees a diverse team of developers, user experience designers and analysts at Hexagon, who are creating a new mobile app designed to help police officers do their jobs more easily by putting critical information at their fingertips. The goal is to reduce paperwork so that police officers can spend more time in the field investigating crimes.

    Last year Waylon decided he wanted to “beef up” his academic credentials, be exposed to the latest ideas in e-commerce technologies, and gain an internationally-recognised master’s degree that offers a passport to working overseas.

    “I thought about doing an MBA, but I really wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MECom really fits the bill in that respect. I also liked the fact that the Professional stream was taught completely online, because most professionals can’t quit their jobs for an entire year.”

    Waylon says his favourite paper was ‘MCOM502 - Managing Virtual Teams’, as it helped him understand how to communicate better with members of his own development team at Hexagon; some of whom are based in India and the United States.

    For the professional field internship paper, MSYS519, Waylon spent 10 weeks working on a variety of small research projects for Contact Energy, his former employer.

    “The internship is really designed to kick-start your career in e-commerce and help solidify your knowledge base, which is great for people who are new to this field.”

    “If you’re already working in e-commerce, it gives you permission to research a topic in-depth that you’ve been thinking about for some time, because you have to write a 10,000 word report at the end of it.”

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