Waikato Pathways College, University of Waikato New Zealand

About Waikato Pathways College, University of Waikato

Waikato Pathways College, located on the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, offers several Foundation Studies and English Language programmes that help students gain university entrance, as well as international study tours for vocational, professional, and academic individuals and groups.

The College has a key role in contributing to the distinctiveness, excellence and international connectedness of the University of Waikato.

Waikato Pathways College offers you:

  • Qualified, experienced, and caring teachers
  • A supportive and personalised learning environment
  • Smaller class sizes (maximum of 22 students) and individualised attention

Academic English

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language (entry of IELTS score 2.5 to 3.5) and the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (entry of IELTS score 4.0 to 6.0) are full-time programmes, with face-to-face teaching of 23 hours per week. The 10-week blocks have a number of intakes each year and at the start of each intake new students are tested and placed in an appropriate level from Elementary to Advanced.

All students study a core programme, which helps to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Higher level classes focus on skills needed for successful university study such as academic writing, listening and note-taking, academic reading, and oral presentation skills.

Attaining specific grades in the upper levels of the Academic English programme gives students the English language entry requirement to enter Foundation Studies and University undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

For more information, see www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-attainment-in-academic-english or www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-attainment-in-english-language

General English

General English is a programme designed for students to improve their everyday English and is suitable for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme. The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, and fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

It is available as a full-time programme of 23 hours per week or part-time for 15 hours per week. Students can start every second Monday and study for three weeks to six months (except New Zealand public holidays).

For more information, see www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/general-english-language-programme

Foundation Studies

The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies programme is for international students that have not met the academic entry requirements for undergraduate study at a New Zealand university.  This programme will teach you skills for successful tertiary study within New Zealand, with compulsory English language and elective papers across a range of study areas. Classes include New Zealand students to encourage international students to improve their English and make New Zealand friends.

Students can have up to 20 hours of class per week with a further 20 hours to be spent on homework and revision.

For more information, see www.pathways.waikato.ac.nz

Certificate of University Preparation

The Certificate of University Preparation is an academically approved qualification that has been designed to help students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic preparation or left school some time ago and are looking for a career change.

This programme will introduce you to an adult learning situation including lectures, tutorials and workshops. It covers skills such as note taking, research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.

Students can have up to 17 hours of class per week with a further 20 hours to be spent on homework and revision.

For more information, see www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-university-preparation

International Study Groups

Study programmes can be customised for international groups and combine English with almost any other activity or specialist area, according to academic, professional or vocational need. Programmes run for a minimum of two weeks and students must be 16 years or older. Group and Study Tour programmes include the following:

  • English plus specialised training (based on any of the degree programmes offered at the University of Waikato)
  • English and New Zealand Life and Culture (offering a choice of activities and weekend trips to Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, horse riding, jet boating, kayaking, hot pools, farm visits, black water rafting)
  • English for University Preparation (experience of life at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, including meeting students and staff, and attending university lectures)
  • English and International Business (lectures on international business at the Waikato Management School, for students with at least an upper intermediate level of English).

For more information or to request a quote, email pathwaysqueries@waikato.ac.nz

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Office

The University of Waikato is the IELTS testing centre for the Waikato region. IELTS is designed to assess the English language proficiency of candidates who need to study or work in English. IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

For more information, see www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways/about-us/ielts-testing

For more information about IELTS, see www.ielts.org

Teacher Education

The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is an initial four-week intensive training programme in practical aspects of teaching English as a foreign language. It is internationally recognised as the first step for those intending to make a career in teaching English as a foreign language. Besides daily sessions on teaching methodology and language analysis, the programme offers teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and the completion of a range of practically focused written assignments.

For more information, see www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-english-language-teaching-to-adults

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