Foundation studies

Our foundation programmes are the stepping stones to further study or to a new career. They can provide entry level qualifications for more advanced study or can help you to learn something new - just because you want to.

You might take a foundation course if:

  • You don't meet the entry criteria for a particular programme of study;
  • You are returning to study after a period of time away from formal education;
  • You are seeking a change in career or study direction; and/or
  • You are an international student and/or permanent resident for whom English is a second language and you do not meet the English entry criteria for a programme of study.

About foundation programmes

We have assessed programmes and non-assessed courses:

  • Upon successful completion of an assessed foundation programme you are awarded a qualification. This will enable you to meet the Academic entry requirements for most diplomas and degrees at Ara.
  • Non-assessed courses help you to develop skills in subjects like computing, reading, writing and maths. You can learn for personal development and enjoyment or to help you decide what you would like to do next. You are not awarded a qualification at the end of non-assessed courses and there is no testing.

Please note: Completing a foundation programme does not guarantee you automatic entry into other programmes, as places may be limited, or other criteria may apply.

Where to start

Visit us at the City Campus in the Rakaia centre. Here, we can help you:

  • Find out where to start your study
  • Find out what support is available
  • Get help putting together a programme or courses that suits you
  • Find out what skills and knowledge is required before you start
  • Get advice and answers to your study questions

Cross-crediting

At Ara the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained through previous study and experience can be credited towards your chosen qualification. Instead of enrolling, you will be able to have your prior learning assessed through our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL).

Programmes

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Te Ata Hou, Certificate in Māori Studies

Programme code:
CH3980
Level:
4
Credits:
120
Starts:
February, July

Develop to your full potential with this exciting and challenging programme in Māori language, customs, history and development.

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Certificate of Proficiency (Foundation) L1-5

Programme code:
CHCOP3
Level:
4
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

Advance with this programme and develop the knowledge you need for further tertiary study with specific courses to gain the academic requirements for most CPIT diplomas and degrees.

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Certificate in Māori Foundation Studies - Te Haeata

Programme code:
CH3960
Level:
3
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

Take your first steps toward learning the essence of Māori culture, language and tradition within our supportive whānau environment.

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Certificate in Pasifika Foundation Studies

Programme code:
CH3960
Level:
3
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

In our supportive fanau community you will learn about the rich diversity of traditions and creative arts that are at the heart of all Pacific Island cultures.

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Certificate in Japanese (Foundation)

Programme code:
CH3906
Level:
3
Credits:
60
Starts:
February

Take the first exciting step on your journey towards communicating in Japanese with this intensive 17-week programme designed to kick-start your language skills.

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Certificate in Sports Training and Indigenous Culture - TOA Sports

Programme code:
CH4014
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

If you are interested in sport and fitness you will have the opportunity to gain further physical, health and mental conditioning while gaining an understanding of Māori and Pasifika language and cultures.

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National Certificate in Computing Level 3

Programme code:
NC5213
Level:
3
Credits:
48
Starts:
Throughout the year

With our Computing for Free programme delivered throughout Canterbury you can advance your computing skills while working at your own study pace and at times best suited to your lifestyle.

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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

Programme code:
NZ2862
Level:
2
Credits:
60
Starts:
February

This programme of study, focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to prepare to progress your learning in a chosen study pathway or career.

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National Certificate in Work and Community (Supported Learning)

National Certificate in Work and Community (Supported Learning)

Programme code:
NC0853
Level:
1
Credits:
40
Starts:
February

Our qualification recognises the achievement of people who require some support with their learning, either through additional resources, specialised equipment or adapted teaching programmes.

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New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners Level 1

New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1)

Programme code:
NZ2853
Level:
1
Credits:
55
Starts:
February

Gain confidence and skills for the workplace.

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Certificate in Life Skills

Programme code:
AO3275
Level:
1
Credits:
59
Starts:
Flexible, February to July

The Certificate in Life Skills (Level 1) may be the stepping stone to your future career. You will gain confidence in study as well as in professional and personal goal setting.

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Certificate in Foundation Studies L1-5

Programme code:
CH3841
Level:
0
Credits:
120
Starts:
February, July

We can create a programme of study, focused on the knowledge and skills needed to meet the entry requirements for your area of interest and chosen career path.

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