Foundation programmes

If you don’t have the academic qualifications required for direct entry into an AUT programme, you have the option to enrol in a Foundation programme. If you successfully complete the programme and obtain the required grades, you are guaranteed entry to an appropriate programme.

AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies from Academic Colleges Group (ACG)


The AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies is delivered by an independent education provider Academic Colleges Group (ACG). AGC has one of the best NZ records in international education.

ACG is located in the central business district, a 5-minute walk to AUT City Campus, and offers a foundation certificate in a wide range of subjects: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Culture and Society, Design, Drawing, Economics, Electromechanics, English, Mathematics, Statistics and Tertiary Study Skills. The curriculum includes core training in English and  independent learning skills.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Foundation Studies, and meeting the published requirements, students are guaranteed entry to an appropriate AUT undergraduate degree.

Course duration ranges from seven months to fifteen months and there are four starting dates per year - January, May, July and October.

While studying the Certificate in Foundation Studies at ACG students will have access to the AUT Library, Learning Development Centre and sports facilities.

For more information email admissions@acgedu.com or view the current prospectus for the AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies.

Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year (AFY)

Taylors College is one of the leading university preparation specialists not only in New Zealand and Australia, but also in the UK and in the United States.

Successful completion of The Auckland Foundation Year (AFY) guarantees international students entry to any AUT undergraduate provided they achieve the published requirements for that programme. Taylors College is proud of the high rate of success its students have in gaining admission to university.

Students in The Taylors College AFY programme follow an academic programme comprising 5 subjects, selected from the following options:  Accounting, Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Classical Studies,
English (Compulsory), Geography, Information Technology, Physics, Statistics.

Courses are of  7 to 15 months duration and there are five starting dates per year - in January, April, July, August and October.

The college campus is located in the heart of Auckland City and includes fully-equipped science laboratories, computer facilities, wireless internet access, library and common rooms. It also offers a full range of student services through its admissions and student welfare teams, and the university advisor. For more information please email infonz@studygroup.com or view the current prospectus for the  Auckland Foundation Year Programme.

Last updated: 04-May-2017 11.23am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.