Pre-degree courses and programmes

Some students may not be ready for degree-level study straight away. We offer a number of introductory courses and programmes to prepare students for study.

Introductory courses

If there are certain courses you want to take but you don’t have the right background from your school studies then we offer introductory or bridging courses.

You don’t need to have completed any previous courses to apply—they’re available to both new and current students, and you’ll gain the necessary requirements and preparation for further study in your chosen subject.

To find out if you need to take an introductory course for your degree of choice, contact Student Recruitment.

Secondary school students

If you wish to enrol for an introductory course while waiting for your NCEA results, you’ll need to make an application for Discretionary Entrance. Your enrolment for the next year will still depend on you gaining University Entrance and getting the Guaranteed Entry Score.

Tohu Māoritanga

The Tohu Māoritanga programme (Diploma in Māoritanga) is a unique undergraduate diploma offered by Te Kawa a Māui—School of Māori Studies. This is designed as a pathway for people who might not have the usual university entrance qualifications and allows students who are aged 16 or over to enrol.

The diploma is one year of full-time study that includes a range of Bachelor of Arts courses taught by Te Kawa a Māui as well as three special Diploma courses focusing on various aspects of tikanga Māori.

This programme provides students with a foundation in four areas: Māori language, Māori culture and society, Māori customs and practice and academic study skills.

English language preparation

If you're an international student and English is not your first language, we offer two English language preparation programmes to help you become fluent enough to succeed in your chosen programme of study.


Find out how admissions to our pre-degree programmes work and the courses you need to complete.