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Waikato Pathways College

Waikato Pathways College comprises the University’s foundation and bridging programmes, continuing education activities, English language teaching to students with English as an additional language, entrepreneurial non-formal educational activity, and international study groups. The College has a key role in contributing to the distinctiveness, excellence and international connectedness of the University.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is an integral part of the College and the wider University, functioning as a key liaison between the University and the Community. Non-assessed programmes are developed in conjunction with University academic staff to share advanced knowledge and to disseminate research to the community.

Short Bridging Courses

Continuing Education is also responsive to the needs and aspirations of adults wishing to study by providing a range of bridging and refresher programmes. These courses are for those wishing to return to or begin University study. Varied in length, timing and content, these courses are designed to suit the needs and commitments of a range of adult learners to ensure they are prepared for tertiary study. Completion of bridging courses can assist with special admission to the University, or to gain support for entry into qualifications requiring competency standards. Courses offered include New Start, Bridging for Women, Bridging for Māori, QuickStart and Science Foundation.

Science Foundation offers subject-specific bridging programmes in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Science Foundation runs in February prior to Semester A. These pre-entry courses are suitable for those with UE who need to brush up their science and maths before enrolling in degree level study in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Bridging Mathematics for Psychology is also offered.

Research Based Courses

A wide variety of short courses covering all areas of University endeavour is offered throughout the year through the Centre for Continuing Education. The University has a responsibility to share its research findings in the community and expert lecturers are engaged to present one-off seminars or mini lecture series. These presentations inform and reflect on the latest University research, and discussion among the community participants is encouraged. Popular subjects include the Arts, History, Ecology, Writing, Māori culture, Education, and current global issues.

General English

General English programmes offer an exciting opportunity for people from around the world to learn everyday English in an English-speaking environment, integrating aspects of New Zealand culture. General English programmes from elementary to advanced levels are offered in Hamilton. Students at intermediate level and above can choose special afternoon study options including: Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation; Reading, Writing and Grammar; Business English; News and Current Affairs. General English is a full-time programme of 23 hours per week or part-time for 15 hours per week. Students can start any Monday (except New Zealand public Holidays).

International Study Groups

Study programmes are customised for visiting international groups and combine English with almost any other activity or specialist area. Programmes run for a minimum of two weeks and with a minimum of 10 students (students must be 16 years or older). Groups and Study Tour programmes are held in both Hamilton and Tauranga and include the following: English plus Specialised Training (based on any of the degree programmes at the University of Waikato); English and New Zealand Life and Culture (offering a choice of activities such as weekend trips to Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, snow skiing, horse riding, jet boating, kayaking, hot pools, farm visits, black water rafting, indoor rock climbing); English with a University Focus (experience of life at the University of Waikato Hamilton or Tauranga campuses and including meeting students and staff, and attending university lectures); English and International Business Focus (lectures on international business at the Waikato Management School, for students with at least an upper intermediate level of English).

Academic English

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language (Levels 1-3) and the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (Levels 4-8) are full-time courses with 23 hours of tuition each week for approximately 12 weeks. There are four intakes each year and at the start of each intake new students are tested and placed in an appropriate level from Elementary to Advanced. On successful completion of the course, students receive a University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in English Language or Certificate of Attainment in Academic English. All students study a core programme in the morning which helps students 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. In the afternoon, there is a compulsory Language Skills programme for students in the lower levels (elementary and pre-intermediate). Students in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English can choose one of the following afternoon options: IELTS Preparation, Business English, Reading and Writing, Speaking and Pronunciation. Attaining specific grades in the upper levels of the programme gives students the English language entry requirement to enter University degree programmes. For more information, see Pathways Programmes.

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 language proficiency of candidates who need to study or work in English. Second language learners can sit the IELTS test at either our Hamilton or Tauranga centres. Further information is available on the website: www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways.

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies

See Pathways Programmes

Certificate of University Preparation

This programme is offered in collaboration with Wintec. For more information, see Pathways Programmes.