Auckland Foundation Year

University preparation programmes in New Zealand

The Auckland Foundation Year prepares you to enter one of our three partner universities in New Zealand.

 We offer two different programme options - Standard and Intensive - so you can choose the right one for you, based on your academic grades and English language level. Both options offer guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree on successful completion of the course.

What will I study?

On both the Standard and Intensive Programmes you will study English language and four elective subjects. You will also develop important study skills and employability skills.

You can choose four elective subjects to focus on. These four subjects will prepare you for undergraduate study in a related degree.

Elective subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Art*
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics.

*Art is offered for January and July intakes only, and will only be available if there is sufficient student demand for the subject. If you wish to enrol in this subject, please check availability when you apply for this programme and subject.

See all subject descriptions

Course facts


Programme length: 4 terms (40/38/35 weeks depending on intake date)
Minimum age: 16
Intakes: January, July and August
English language requirement: IELTS score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0, or approved equivalent.

For start dates and orientation see table below. 


Programme length: 3 terms (31 weeks)
Minimum age: 16
Intakes: April and October
English language requirement: IELTS score of 5.5, with no band less than 5.0, or approved equivalent.

For start dates and orientation see table below. 

View all entry requirements and programme fees

Qualification title: Foundation Studies Certificate (Level 3). This course, developed by the University of Auckland, is delivered by Study Group NZ Limited trading as Taylors College.

Intake dates

Intake Length Orientation Start date
January 40 weeks 18/01/2019 21/01/2019
July 38 weeks 05/07/2019 08/07/2019
August 35 weeks 16/08/2019 19/08/2019
Intake Length Orientation Start date
October 31 weeks 28/09/2018 01/10/2018
April 31 weeks 12/04/2019 15/04/2019
October 31 weeks 27/09/2019 30/09/2019

Progressing to university

You are guaranteed a place at the University of Auckland, AUT University and Massey University when you complete your Auckland Foundation Year and meet the university’s entry requirements. You can also apply to other universities in New Zealand, Australia or across the world. You will choose which university you wish to progress to when you successfully complete the Auckland Foundation Year.

To progress to university you need to:

  • Achieve the minimum average score requirements for your chosen degree
  • Meet the minimum overall English mark (65%)
  • Complete all compulsory subjects specified for your chosen degree
  • Meet any additional requirements set out by the university.

Auckland Foundation Year student Chang

"Taylors College is good at preparing you, because it offers so many different subjects, developing the basics of what you need in university."

Chang from Malaysia, now studying Architecture at Univerisity of Auckland

Entry requirements

Auckland Foundation Year student Chang

A guide to the academic and english language entry requirements for the Auckland Foundation Year and our partner universities.


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Gain career skills

Three AFY students in Auckland

The Auckland Foundation Year include our integrated CareerAhead service. This helps you to plan for your future and develop important employability skills.