Delivered by UP Education, Foundation Connect provides a comprehensive, English-rich curriculum to prepare students for the Certificate in Foundation Studies. This six-month extension programme allows students to develop their English skills, confidence and apply these English skills in an academic setting. Foundation Connect includes engagement in Mathematics and optional academic courses to give students a broader foundation for future learning.
While the programme is aimed at providing learners with the skills to study effectively in an academic setting, it also provides a direct pathway to the Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies with students guaranteed entry to Foundation provided they achieve the minimum criteria.
The main aim of Foundation Connect is to provide learners with the skills necessary to study effectively in an academic setting and a clear pathway to further study. Any student who wishes to enter the Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies but does not yet meet the entry requirements based on English language skills would benefit from studying this extension program.
- English – 15 hours per week
- English for Mathematics – 3 hours per week and 1 Flexible Learning Activity (FLA)
- Academic subjects – 3 live lessons and 1 FLA – students do all four academic subjects with two in the first term and two in the second term.
The academic subjects available are: Business; Science; Humanities (Geography) and Media
- English – 15 live lessons per week
- Maths – 3 live lessons and 1 FLA per week
- 2 Academic subjects – 3 live lessons – 1 FLA
|Example of a Foundation Connect Timetable|
|Foundation Connect (FC)||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|Period 3||FC Geography||FC Mathematics|
|Period 4||FC English||FC English||FC English||FC Media Studies|
|Period 5||FC Mathematics||FC Geography||FC English|
|Period 6||FC Media Studies||FC English||FC English|
|Period 7||FC Mathematics||FC Geography||FC English|
|Period 8||FC English||FC Media Studies||FC English||FC English|
*FC = Foundation Connect
There are four intakes per year:
All intakes will be available on campus and online.
Foundation Connect Programme will be delivered in Auckland Campus for students currently in New Zealand.
- Application Fee: $400*
- Resource Fee: $1,200**
- Exam Fee: $350
- Medical & Travel insurance: $335***
*Note that when you progress onto the Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies students will not need to pay this again
**Students who are studying online will receive a 50% discount on this fee.
***International students must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. The UP International College Southern Cross International student travel policy covers students for the duration of their student visa.
To enrol in Foundation Connect, students will need to meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements:
You must be at least 15 years old.
English language requirement:
IELTS 4.5 (no band less than 4.0) or an accepted equivalent including the UP English Language Test:
For all Academic Requirements please refer to the Victoria University of Wellington Entry Requirements insert
Visas and Offers
Students who are starting with Foundation Connect will apply for their visa with Up International College. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Connect programme, students will receive a firm offer from Up International College for the Standard-length Victoria University in Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies course, for which the visa will be issued under the Up International College.
Students also have the option of being offered a pathway visa covering all 3 courses:
- Foundation Connect
- Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies
- Victoria University of Wellington Degree
If you are currently not in New Zealand, you do not need a visa to start your course online. You can still receive
valuable learning as planned without delay, even though New Zealand’s border is currently closed.
Pathway to Foundation
To accept your conditional offer for the Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies, students must meet the minimum progression grades:
- a minimum of 50% in English;
- a minimum of 40% in all academic subjects and an average of 50% across the same 3 academic subjects (Maths plus 2 others).
Some important notes: Note: In exceptional circumstances where a student exhibits outstanding work ethic and academic results, we may consider entrance into a fast-track programme. This decision is based on what is best academically for the student and will be at the discretion of the academic staff.
If a student needs to re-sit one or more subjects to meet the minimum progression grades this may be possible. As suitable extension study plan will be recommended on an individual basis by the academic team.
If a student fails a Foundation Connect course more than twice, they cannot be re-enrolled.