Foundation Studies Programme

Entry requirements

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Academic requirements

Australia
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: 50%
  • Standard: 50%
  • Fast-track: 55% or completion of Year 12 in Australia
Bangladesh
  • Qualification: HSC
  • Foundation Connect: Year 11: 60%
  • Standard Plus: 50%/3.0
  • Standard: 55%/3.0
  • Fast-track: 60%/3.5
Bhutan
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: 50%
  • Standard: 55%
  • Fast-track: 60%
Bhutan
  • Qualification: Year 12
  • Fast-track: 50%
Brazil
  • Qualification: Certificate de Ensino Medio
  • Standard Plus: Satisfactory completion – GPA5.0-GPA 5.0-GPA 5.0Satisfactory completion-GPA 5.0
  • Standard: GPA 5.5
  • Fast-track: 6
Cambodia
  • Qualification: Diploma of Upper Secondary Education
  • Foundation Connect: Upper Secondary Schools – Year 2: 80-89% Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: D
  • Standard: D
  • Fast-track: C
Canada
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Foundation Connect: Upper Secondary Schools – Year 2: 80-89% Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 55%
  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
Chile
  • Qualification: Chilean Higher Secondary Schooling (Licencia de Educacion Media)
  • Fast-track: 4
Chile
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Foundation Connect: Completion with good grades
  • Standard Plus: 5
  • Standard: 6
China
  • Qualification: Senior High School and Vocational – Year 2
  • Standard Plus: 60%
  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 70%
China
  • Qualification: Senior High School and Vocational – Year 3
  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
Colombia
  • Qualification: Bachillerator
  • Standard Plus: 6
  • Standard: 6.5
  • Fast-track: 7
Ecuador
  • Qualification: Bachillerator
  • Foundation Connect: Secondary Schools – Year 2: 7.6 Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 6
  • Standard: 7
  • Fast-track: 7.5
Hong Kong
  • Qualification: Form 5
  • Standard Plus: 3 passes
  • Standard: 3 passes
  • Fast-track: 4 passes
Hong Kong
  • Qualification: HKDS
  • Standard Plus: 2,1,1
  • Standard: 2,1,1
  • Fast-track: 2,2,1
India
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: 55%
  • Standard: 55%
  • Fast-track: 60%
India
  • Qualification: HSC
  • Fast-track: 50%
Indonesia
  • Qualification: SMA2
  • Standard Plus: 6.0 (60%) in 4 academic subjects
  • Standard:  6.5 (65%) in 4 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: 7.0(70%), in 4 academic subjects
Iran
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: 14/20
  • Standard: 14/20
  • Fast-track: 16/20
Japan
  • Qualification: Kotogakko/ Upper secondary School Certificate – Year 2
  • Standard Plus: Completion of year 2
  • Standard: Grade 2 in academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Grade 3 average in academic subjects
Japan
  • Qualification: Upper Secondary School Equivalency Exam (The Ministry of Education)
  • Standard Plus: 3Cs
  • Standard: 1Bs and 2Cs
  • Fast-track: 3Bs
Kazakhstan
  • Standard Plus: Year 11 GPA 3/5
  • Standard: Year 11 GPA 3/5
  • Fast-track: Year 11 GPA 4/5
Kenya
  • Qualification: KCSE
  • Foundation Connect: Completion of Year 11 with good grades Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 4Cs
  • Standard: 4C+s
  • Fast-track: 4B-s
Kuwait
  • Qualification: Shahadat AI-Thanawaya AI-Aama/General Secondary School Certificate
  • Foundation Connect: Secondary Education – Year 2: 80% Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 60%
  • Standard: 64%
  • Fast-track: 69% or higher
Laos
  • Qualification: Completion of Baccalaureate
  • Foundation Connect: Completion of Upper secondary Schools – Year 2: 7/10 Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 5 .5 or 55%
  • Standard: 6.0 or 60%
  • Fast-track: 6.5 or 65%
Macau
  • Qualification: Form 5/ Senior Middle 2
  • Standard Plus: 55%
  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
Macau
  • Qualification: Form 6/ Senior Middle 3
  • Standard: 55%
  • Fast-track: 60%
Malaysia
  • Qualification: SPM – Forecast/Prelim/Actual
  • Standard Plus: Ds in academic subjects
  • Standard: Cs in academic subjects
  • Fast-track: C* in academic subjects
Malaysia
  • Qualification: UEC
  • Standard Plus: Max of 40
  • Standard: Max of 35
  • Fast-track: Max of 30
Mexico
  • Qualification: Bachillerator
  • Foundation Connect: Year 11: 6.0/60% Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 6/60%
  • Standard: 6.5/65%
  • Fast-track:  7.0/70%
Mongolia
  • Qualification: Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
  • Foundation Connect: Certificate of Complete Secondary Education: 4xDs Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 1Cs and 3 Ds
  • Standard: 2 Cs and 2 Ds
  • Fast-track: 4 Cs
Myanmar
  • Qualification: BEHS/Matriculation Exam
  • Standard Plus: 55%
  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
Nepal
  • Qualification: Higher Secondary Education Certificate
  • Foundation Connect: Completion of Year 11 with good grades Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 55%
  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
New Zealand **
  • Qualification: NCEA
  • Standard Plus: “35 credits at NCEA (for both std and std plus) from mixed of level 2 and level 3 with no fewer than 10 credits in each of subjects (combined credits from related subjects) including Mathematics i.e., math combined credits from related subjects would be stastics, calculus and math etc”
  • Standard: “35 credits at NCEA (for both std and std plus) from mixed of level 2 and level 3 with no fewer than 10 credits in each of subjects (combined credits from related subjects) including Mathematics i.e., math combined credits from related subjects would be stastics, calculus and math etc”
  • Fast-track: “38 credits at NCEA from mixed of level 2 and level 3 with no fewer than 10 credits in each of subjects (combined credits from related subjects) including Mathematics i.e., math combined credits from related subjects would be stastics, calculus and math etc”
Nigeria
  • Qualification: SSCE Exams (West African Education Council WAEC)
  • Foundation Connect: Completion of Upper Secondary School – Year 2 with good grades Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: D
  • Standard: D
  • Fast-track: C
Pakistan
  • Qualification: Intermediate/ Higher Secondary School Certificate
  • Standard Plus: 55%
  • Standard: 60%
  • Fast-track: 65%
Peru
  • Qualification: Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education
  • Standard Plus: 13
  • Standard: 14
  • Fast-track: 15
Philippines
  • Qualification: High School Diploma
  • Standard Plus: 75
  • Standard: 80
  • Fast-track: 85
Russia
  • Qualification: Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat)
  • Standard Plus: Grade 3 in 3 relevant subjects
  • Standard: Grade 3 in 4 relevant subjects
  • Fast-track: Grade 3 in 5 relevant subjects
Saudi Arabia
  • Qualification: Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Foundation Connect: Secondary Education – Year 2: 80% Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 65%
  • Standard: 70%
  • Fast-track: 75%
Singapore
  • Qualification: Singapore O level (or forecast)
  • Standard Plus: Aggregate of 30 or less across 5 academic subjects
  • Standard: Aggregate of 25 or less across 5 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects
South Africa
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: 60%
  • Standard: 70%
  • Fast-track: 75%
South Korea
  • Qualification: High School Certificate Year 2
  • Standard Plus: 55% or Rank 8
  • Standard: 60% or rank 7
  • Fast-track: 65% or Rank 7.0
South Korea
  • Qualification: Korean High school graduation equivalency exam (GED)
  • Fast-track: 60%
Sri Lanka
  • Qualification: O Level
  • Standard Plus: 2Ds and 2 Cs
  • Standard: 4Cs
  • Fast-track: 2 Bs and 2 Cs
Taiwan
  • Qualification: Senior Year 2
  • Standard Plus: 60%
  • Standard: 65%
  • Fast-track: 70%
Thailand
  • Qualification: Matayom 5
  • Standard Plus: 2.2
  • Standard: 2.25
  • Fast-track: 2.5
Turkey
  • Qualification: Devlet Lise Diplomasi/State High School Diploma
  • Foundation Connect: Upper Secondary – Year 3: 70/100 Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: Grade 2 in 2 academic subjects
  • Standard: Grade 2 in 2 academic subjects
  • Fast-track: Grade 3 in 2 academic subjects
Venezuela
  • Qualification: Bachiller
  • Foundation Connect: Liceos Bolivarianos/Colegios – Year 4:12 in 4 relevant subjects Year 2: 80-89%
  • Standard Plus: 12 in 4 relevant subjects
  • Standard: 13 in 4 relevant subjects
  • Fast-track: 15 in 4 relevant subjects
Vietnam
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: 6.5
  • Standard:7
  • Fast-track: 7.5
UAE
  • Qualification: Secondary School Certificate Year 12
  • Foundation Connect: General Secondary Schools –
    Year 2: 80%
  • Standard Plus: 65%
  • Standard: 70%
  • Fast-track: 75% or higher
USA
  • Qualification: Completion of Year 11
  • Standard Plus: Completion of Year 11 – D/60-69%/ GPA:1.0
  • Standard: Completion of Year 11 – D/60-69%/ GPA:1.0
  • Fast-track: C/70-79%GPA: 2.0
USA
  • Qualification: Year 12/GED
  • Fast-track: D/60-69%/ GPA:1.0/GED Pass
Uzbekistan
  • Qualification: Year 11
  • Standard Plus: GPA 3/5
  • Standard: GPA 4/5
Uzbekistan
  • Qualification: Year 12
  • Fast-track: GPA 3/5
Zambia
  • Qualification:  School Certificate
  • Standard Plus: Grade 7-8
  • Standard: Grade 5-6
  • Fast-track: Grade of 4

 Qualification Standard Plus (12 Months)
Standard Plus (8/9 Months) Fast-track (6 Months)
Global Assessment Certificate  – GAC Level 2  2.6 2.6 3
International Baculureate  – IB ** First year of IB diploma  Grade 4 in 2 relevant subjects
Grade 4 in 3 relevant subjects Grade 4 in 4 relevant subjects
Cambridge International Examinations O level/IGCSE/GCSE **   2 Ds and 2 Cs 4 Cs 2 B grades and 2 C grades in 4 relevant subjects
Cambridge International Examinations A level **  

40 UCAS points. Local language in AS Level is not accepted

40 UCAS points. Local language in AS Level is not accepted.

48 UCAS points. Local language in AS Level is not
accepted.

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.

Please contact us for more information if the standard of your curriculum is now shown above.

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
Foundation Connect4.5 and no band less than 4.0
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5 IELTS 5.5 IELTS 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 Academic Level 3 with an endorsement of General, Workplace or Academic Level 4 with an Academic endorsement Level 4 with an Academic endorsement
Pearson Test – Academic PToE (Academic) 29-35 PToE (Academic) 36-41 PToE (Academic) 42-49 PToE (Academic) 50-57
City and Guilds IESOL B1 achiever – 43 B2 Communicator – 42 C1 Communicator – 66
Language Certificate B1 achiever – Pass B2 Communicator – High Pass C1 Communicator – Pass
Duolingo English Test 70 80 90 100
Evidence also accepted
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade B2 Grade B2 Grade C
Cambridge English Scale Scores 154 162 169
Cambridge English: First Grade B1 Grade C
GCE O-Level, IGCSE, GCSE or Oxford GCSE* # Grade E Grade D Grade C Grade B
GCE A-Level and AS Level* # Grade E Grade E Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H2 level # Grade E
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level (H1 level # Grade C
Canadian High School final year report Grade 11(B) Grade 12 (C) Grade 12 (C+) Grade 12 (B)
USA High School-final year report Grade 11 – 70% Grade 11 – 80% Grade 11 – 90% Grade 12 – 80%
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Higher Level) Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
IB (English Language A1 or 2 Standard Level) Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
IB (English Language B Higher Level) Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 5
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority HKEAA Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 3
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) B1 B1 B2 B2
University of Auckland English Language Academy EAP Introduction EAP 1 EAP 2 or EAP 3 (C+ grade)
Victoria University English Proficiency Programme minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3 minimum of one rating of 4 and three ratings of 3 minimum 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) 1 2 3 4
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.

CountryQualification
AustraliaRecognised Year 12 qualification
CanadaRecognised Canadian High School Diploma
DenmarkTudentereksamen
FijiFiji Year 12 Certificate Examination (7th Form)
FinlandYlioppilastutkinoto, Studentexamen or the Upper Secondary School Certificate.
GermanyAbitur or DAAD
Hong KongHong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
IndiaIndian School Certificate (ISC) or All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) Year 12 qualifications
MalaysiaSTPM
NorwayVitnemal
SamoaFoundation English in Foundation Certificate from National University of Samoa
SingaporeNational 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
SwedenAvgangsbetyg or Slutbetyg
South AfricaNational Senior Certificate / Senior Certificate / Matriculation
South Pacific CountriesSouth Pacific Form Seven Certificate
The NetherlandsVoorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
TongaTonga National Form Seven Certificate
USASAT, 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.