Pre-Foundation Programme

Preparation for the Auckland Foundation Year

The Pre-Foundation Programme is a 22-23 week programme, designed for students who do not meet the academic or English entry requirements for the Auckland Foundation Year.

On this course you will receive an introduction to the core subjects that you will be studying at foundation level.

You will receive high quality academic tuition, as well as one-to-one support from your teachers, to ensure you are ready to begin the Auckland Foundation Year at the end of the programme.

We will help you develop and improve your English language skills throughout the programme.

There are two intake dates available, based on the planned intake date for your foundation course.

When you complete the programme

Once you have successfully completed the Pre-Foundation Programme you will progress to the Auckland Foundation Year Standard Programme. This programme is held on the same campus, so you will be familiar with your study environment and the friendly teaching staff at Taylors College Auckland.

What will I study?

In this course you will study three core subjects and two out of three elective subjects.

Core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Information Technology

Course facts

Programme length: 22 weeks (January), 23 weeks (July)
Minimum age: 16
Intakes: January and July 
English language requirement: IELTS score of 4.5 (writing no less than 4.5) or approved equivalent

See all entry requirements and fees

Qualification title: New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2). This course, developed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, is delivered by Study Group NZ Limited trading as Taylors College.

Due to recent changes in regulations, effective from 01 January 2019, students studying the Pre-Foundation Programme at Taylors College Auckland must achieve an IELTS score or other internationally recognised English test outcome as required by NZQA to gain entry to the AFY programme.

Elective subjects:

  • Science
  • Commerce
  • Social Studies

See full subject descriptions

Intake dates

There are two different intake dates available, depending on when you plan to start your Auckland Foundation Year.


Intake Length Orientation Start date
January 22 weeks 18/01/2019 21/01/2019
July 23 weeks 05/07/2019 08/07/2019


Intake Length Orientation Start date
January 23 weeks 17/01/2020 20/01/2020
July 22 weeks 10/07/2020 13/07/2020
Alumni Julia from Vietnam

"My teachers were excellent. They not only helped me with my studies but also with the practical aspects of life in New Zealand."

Julia from Vietnam

AFY graduate, has since completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is currently employed in New Zealand

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