Foundation Studies Programme

Entry requirements

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Academic requirements

Australia
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 60%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 70%
  • Fast-track: 75%
Bangladesh
  • Qualification: HSC
  • Extended: 50%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 60%
  • Fast-track: 70%
Bhutan
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 50%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
Bhutan
  • Qualification: Year 12
  • Extended: 40%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 45%
  • Fast-track: 50%
Brazil
  • Qualification: Certificate de Ensino Medio
  • Extended: 6
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 7
  • Fast-track: 7.5
Cambodia
  • Qualification: Diploma of Upper Secondary Education
  • Extended: D
  • Standard and Standard Plus: C
  • Fast-track: B
Canada
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 60%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 70%
  • Fast-track: 80%
Chile
  • Qualification: Chilean Higher Secondary Schooling (Licencia de Educacion Media) 
  • Extended: 4.5
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 5
  • Fast-track: 5.5
China
  • Qualification: Senior High School
  • Extended: Senior 1 and Term 1 of Senior 2-70%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: Senior Year 2 or Senior Year 3-70%
  • Fast-track: Senior Year 2 80% or Senior Year 3-80%
Colombia
  • Qualification: Bachillerator
  • Extended: 6
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 7
  • Fast-track: 7.5
Ecuador
  • Qualification: Bachillerator
  • Extended: 13
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 15
  • Fast-track: 16
Hong Kong 
  • Qualification: Form 5
  • Extended: 2 Cs and 2 Ds
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 4 C grades or higher
  • Fast-track: 2 Bs and 2 Cs
Hong Kong 
  • Qualification: HKDS
  • Extended: 2 Level 2 and 1 Level 1
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 3 relevant subjects at Level 2
  • Fast-track: 2 Level 2 & 1 Level 3 relevant subjects
India
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 60%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 70%
  • Fast-track: 80%
Indonesia
  • Qualification: SMA2 (private school)
  • Extended: 6.5
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 7
  • Fast-track: 8
Indonesia
  • Qualification: SMA2 (government school)
  • Extended: 6.5
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 7.5
  • Fast-track: 8
Iran
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 14/20 
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 16/20
  • Fast-track: 18/20 
Japan
  • Qualification: Kotogakko/ Upper secondary School Certificate – Year 2
  • Extended: Grade 3-4 in academic subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: Grade 4-5 in academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Superior grades
Japan
  • Qualification: Upper Secondary School Equivalency Exam (The Ministry of Education)
  • Extended: C grades 
  • Standard and Standard Plus:  2Bs and 2C  
  • Fast-track: 1A and 2Bs
Kazakhstan
  • Qualification: Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Extended: Year 10 GPA 4/5
  • Standard and Standard Plus: Year 11 GPA 4/5
  • Fast-track: Year 11 GPA 4/5
Kenya
  • Qualification: KCSE
  • Extended: 2 C and 2 D grades
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 4 D grades
  • Fast-track: 4 B grades
Kuwait
  • Qualification: Shahadat AI-Thanawaya AI-Aama/General Secondary School Certificate
  • Extended: 70%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 75%
  • Fast-track: 90%
Laos
  • Qualification: Completion of Baccalaureate 
  • Extended: 55%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 65%
  • Fast-track: 70%
Macau
  • Qualification: Form 5/ Senior Middle 2 (good schools)
  • Extended: 60%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 65%
  • Fast-track: 75%
Macau
  • Qualification: Form 5/ Senior Middle 2 (other schools)
  • Extended: 65%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 75%
  • Fast-track: 80%
Malaysia
  • Qualification: SPM – Forecast/Prelim/Actual
  • Extended: 30
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 20
  • Fast-track: 15
Mexico
  • Qualification: Bachillerator
  • Extended: 6.0/60%
  • Standard and Standard Plus:  7.0/70%
  • Fast-track: 7.5/75%
Mongolia
  • Qualification: Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
  • Extended: 4 Ds
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 2 Cs and 2 Ds
  • Fast-track: 4 Cs
Myanmar
  • Qualification: BEHS/Matriculation Exam
  • Extended: 55%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 65%
  • Fast-track: 75%
Nepal
  • Qualification: Higher Secondary Education Certificate
  • Extended: 55%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
New Zealand **
  • Qualification: NCEA
  • Extended: 38 credits at level 1 with no fewer than 12 credits in each of 3 subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 40 credits at level 2 with no few than 12 credits in each 3 subjects
  • Fast-track: 48 credits at level 2 with no few than 12 credits in each 3 subjects
Nigeria
  • Qualification: SSCE Exams (West African Education Council WAEC)
  • Extended: D
  • Standard and Standard Plus: C
  • Fast-track: B
Pakistan
  • Qualification: Intermediate/ Higher Secondary School Certificate
  • Extended: 50%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 55%
  • Fast-track: 60%
Peru
  • Qualification: Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education
  • Extended: 12
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 14
  • Fast-track: 16
Philippines
  • Qualification: High School Diploma
  • Extended: 80%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 85%
  • Fast-track: 95%
Russia
  • Qualification: Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat)
  • Extended: Grade 3 in 2 relevant subjects and Grade 2 in 3 subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: Grade 3 in 5 relevant subjects 
  • Fast-track: Grade 3 in 3 relevant subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
Saudi Arabia
  • Qualification: Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Extended: 70%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 75%
  • Fast-track: 90%
Singapore
  • Qualification: Singapore O level (or forecast)
  • Extended: aggregate of 30 or less across 5 academic subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: aggregate of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
South Africa 
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 65%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 70%
  • Fast-track: 75%
South Korea
  • Qualification: High School Certificate Year 2
  • Extended: 65-74% OR  Rank 6-7
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 75-84% OR Rank 4-5
  • Fast-track: 85% OR Rank 2-3
Sri Lanka
  • Qualification: O Level
  • Extended: C Grade in 4 relevant subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: B Grade in 4 relevant subjects
  • Fast-track: 2A Grades and 2B grades in 4 relevant subjects
Taiwan
  • Qualification: Senior Year 2 
  • Extended: 60%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 70%
  • Fast-track: 80%
Thailand
  • Qualification: Matayom 5
  • Extended: 2.2
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 2.5
  • Fast-track: 3
Turkey
  • Qualification: Devlet Lise Diplomasi/State High School Diploma
  • Extended: grade 2 in academic subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: grade 2 in 3 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: grade 4 in 2 academic subjects
Venezuela
  • Qualification: Bachiller 
  • Extended: 12 in 4 relevant subjects
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 14 in 4 relevant subjects
  • Fast-track: 15 in 4 relevant subjects
Vietnam
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Extended: 7
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 7.5
  • Fast-track: 8
UAE
  • Qualification: Secondary School Certificate Year 12
  • Extended: 70%
  • Standard and Standard Plus: 75%
  • Fast-track: 90%
USA
  • Qualification: Completion of Year 11
  • Extended:  C/70-79/2.0 
  • Standard and Standard Plus: B/80-89/3.0
  • Fast-track: A/90-100/4.0
Uzbekistan
  • Qualification: Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Extended: (Year 10) GPA 4/5
  • Standard and Standard Plus: (Year 11) GPA 4/5
  • Fast-track: (Year 11) GPA 4/5
Zambia
  • Qualification:  School Certificate
  • Extended:  grade of 5
  • Standard and Standard Plus: grade of 4
  • Fast-track: grade of 3
Qualification Extended Standard and Standard PlusFast-track
Global Assessment Certificate  – GACLevel 2 22.63.3
International Baculureate  – IB **First year of IB diploma 2 Grade 4 and 2 Grade 3
in 4
relevant subjects
Grade 4 in 4 relevant subjects2 Grade 4 and 2 Grade 5
in 4
relevant subjects
Cambridge International Examinations O level/IGCSE/GCSE ** 2 C grades and 2 D grades
in 4 relevant subjects
2 B grades and 2 C grades
in 4
relevant subjects
B grades in 4 relevant subjects
Cambridge International Examinations A level ** 

36 UCAS points. Local language

48 UCAS points. Local language

70 UCAS points. Local language

QualificationGlobal Assessment Certificate  – GAC
Extended 2
Standard and Standard Plus2.6
Fast-track3.3
QualificationInternational Baculureate  – IB **
Extended 2 Grade 4 and 2 Grade 3 in 4 relevant subjects
Standard and Standard PlusGrade 4 in 4 relevant subjects
Fast-track2 Grade 4 and 2 Grade 5 in 4 relevant subjects
QualificationCambridge International Examinations O level/IGCSE/GCSE **
Extended 2 C grades and 2 D grades in 4 relevant subjects
Standard and Standard Plus2 B grades and 2 C grades in 4 relevant subjects
Fast-trackB grades in 4 relevant subjects
QualificationCambridge International Examinations A level **
Extended 36 UCAS points
Standard and Standard Plus48 UCAS points
Fast-track70 UCAS points

Applications are also assessed on the basis of:

  • Current and previous academic reports
  • Comments on academic reports
  • Attendance rates
  • Medical issues

**Teachers’ comments and attendance rate are considered to determine entry. An interview is applicable if studied in New Zealand.

This information is to be used as a guide only to determine entrance. UP Education reserves the right to change the requirements at any time without prior notice.

English requirements

Programme optionIELTS
Fast-track 6.0 and no band less than 5.0
Standard

5.5 and no band less than 5.0 

Standard Plus5.0 and no band less than 4.5
Extended4.5 and no band less than 4.0
 IELTS 4.5IELTS 5IELTS 5.5IELTS 6
TOEFL Paper Based (pct.)450 (Writing 3.5 TWE)500 (Writing 4.0 TWE)550 (Writing 5.0 TWE)550 (Writing 5.0 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based (iBT)30 (Writing 12)35 (Writing 14)46 (Writing 14)60 (Writing 18)
University of Cambridge
English Examinations
B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 150. No less than 150 in each skill;B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill;B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill;B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;
NZCEL
NZ Certificate of English Language
Level 2 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or AcademicLevel 3 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or AcademicLevel 4 with an Academic endorsementLevel 4 with an Academic endorsement
Pearson Test – AcademicPToE (Academic) 29-35PToE (Academic) 36-41PToE (Academic) 42-49PToE (Academic) 50-57
City and Guilds IESOL B1 achiever – 43B2 Communicator – 42C1 Communicator – 66
Language Certificate B1 achiever – PassB2 Communicator – High PassC1 Communicator – Pass
Duolingo English Test708090100
     
Evidence also accepted    
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade B2Grade B2Grade C
Cambridge English Scale Scores 154162169
Cambridge English: FirstGrade B1Grade C  
GCE O-Level, IGCSE, GCSE or Oxford GCSE* #Grade EGrade DGrade CGrade B
GCE A-Level and AS Level* # Grade EGrade EGrade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H2 level #   Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H1 level #   Grade C
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Higher Level) Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Standard Level) Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
IB (English Language B Higher Level) Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority HKEAAGrade 2Grade 3Grade 3Grade 4
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)B1B1B2B2
University of Auckland English Language AcademyEAP Introduction EAP 1EAP 2 or EAP 3 (C+ grade)
Victoria University English Proficiency Programmeminimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3minimum of two ratings of
4 and two ratings of 3
minimum of three ratings of
4 and one rating of 3
UP English for Future Studies (registered as Intensive General English)1233
NCEA **  10 Literacy Credits at L2 or higher (5 reading and 5
writing credits)
14 Literacy Credits at L2 or higher
(7 reading and 7
writing credits)
TOEFL Paper Based (pct.)
IELTS 4.5450 (Writing 3.5 TWE)
IELTS 5500 (Writing 4.0 TWE)
IELTS 5.5550 (Writing 5.0 TWE)
IELTS 6550 (Writing 5.0 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based (iBT)
IELTS 4.530 (Writing 12)
IELTS 535 (Writing 14)
IELTS 5.546 (Writing 14)
IELTS 660 (Writing 18)
University of Cambridge English Examinations
IELTS 4.5B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 150. No less than 150 in each skill;
IELTS 5B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill;
IELTS 5.5B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill;
IELTS 6B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;
NZCEL NZ Certificate of English Language
IELTS 4.5Level 2 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or Academic
IELTS 5Level 3 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or Academic
IELTS 5.5Level 4 with an Academic endorsement
IELTS 6Level 4 with an Academic endorsement
Pearson Test - Academic
IELTS 4.5PToE (Academic) 29-35
IELTS 5PToE (Academic) 36-41
IELTS 5.5PToE (Academic) 42-49
IELTS 6PToE (Academic) 50-57
City and Guilds IESOL
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5B1 achiever - 43
IELTS 5.5B2 Communicator - 42
IELTS 6C1 Communicator - 66
Language Certificate
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5B1 achiever - Pass
IELTS 5.5B2 Communicator – High Pass
IELTS 6C1 Communicator - Pass
Duolingo English Test
IELTS 4.570
IELTS 580
IELTS 5.590
IELTS 6100
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5Grade B2
IELTS 5.5Grade B2
IELTS 6Grade C
Cambridge English Scale Scores
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5154
IELTS 5.5162
IELTS 6169
Cambridge English: First
IELTS 4.5Grade B1
IELTS 5Grade C
IELTS 5.5
IELTS 6
GCE O-Level, IGCSE, GCSE or Oxford GCSE* #
IELTS 4.5Grade E
IELTS 5Grade D
IELTS 5.5Grade C
IELTS 6Grade B
GCE A-Level and AS Level* #
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5Grade E
IELTS 5.5Grade E
IELTS 6Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H2 level #
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5
IELTS 5.5
IELTS 6Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H1 level #
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5
IELTS 5.5
IELTS 6Grade C
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Higher Level)
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5Grade 3
IELTS 5.5Grade 4
IELTS 6Grade 5
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Standard Level)
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5Grade 3
IELTS 5.5Grade 4
IELTS 6Grade 5
IB (English Language B Higher Level)
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5Grade 3
IELTS 5.5Grade 4
IELTS 6Grade 5
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority HKEAA
IELTS 4.5Grade 2
IELTS 5Grade 3
IELTS 5.5Grade 3
IELTS 6Grade 4
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)
IELTS 4.5B1
IELTS 5B1
IELTS 5.5B2
IELTS 6B2
University of Auckland English Language Academy
IELTS 4.5EAP Introduction
IELTS 5
IELTS 5.5EAP 1
IELTS 6EAP 2 or EAP 3 (C+ grade)
Victoria University English Proficiency Programme
IELTS 4.5minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3
IELTS 5minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3
IELTS 5.5minimum of two ratings of 4 and two ratings of 3
IELTS 6minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3
UP English for Future Studies (registered as Intensive General English)
IELTS 4.51
IELTS 52
IELTS 5.53
IELTS 64
NCEA **
IELTS 4.5
IELTS 5
IELTS 5.510 Literacy Credits at L2 or higher. 5 reading and 5 writing credits
IELTS 614 Literacy Credits at L2 or higher. 7 reading and 7 writing credits

Country specific qualifications

We also accept the following country-specific qualifications. We may require you to have achieved a specific score or mark in an approved English-intensive subject within your qualification.

Country Qualification
Australia Recognised Year 12 qualification
Canada Recognised Canadian High School Diploma
Denmark Tudentereksamen
Fiji Fiji Year 12 Certificate Examination (7th Form
Finland Ylioppilastutkinoto, Studentexamen or the Upper Secondary School Certificate.
Germany Abitur or DAAD
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
India Indian School Certificate (ISC) or All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) Year 12 qualifications
Malaysia STPM
Norway Vitnemal
Samoa Foundation English in Foundation Certificate from National University of Samoa
Singapore National University of Singapore (NUS) High School Diploma or a three-year diploma from Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic
Sweden Avgangsbetyg or Slutbetyg
South Africa National Senior Certificate / Senior Certificate / Matriculation
South Pacific Countries South Pacific Form Seven Certificate
The Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
Tonga Tonga National Form Seven Certificate
USA SAT, High School Diploma

Other acceptable English evidence

Evidence of secondary study in English by the student:

Completion of at least four years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction.

Schools:

For programmes delivered by a registered school – other acceptable evidence as approved by the Head of Admissions may be used for entry.

Successful completion of a programme at a language or registered school:

UP Education Partner English Language School: Evidence of successfully meeting course assessment and graduation requirements at selected NZ Language Schools (NZQA Category One PTEs) who have an agreement with UP Education

The UP English Language Test (UPELT) has been developed to help provide prospective students with obtaining their English language scores prior to enrolment.