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Foundation Studies

Our foundation programmes are the stepping stones to further study or to a new career. 

They can enable you to meet the entry requirements for more advanced study, or help you to learn something new, just because you want to. Classroom and online delivery options are available so you can choose whatever works best for your learning style and commitments.

You might take a foundation course if:

  • You don’t meet the entry criteria for a particular programme of study
  • You’re returning to study after time away from formal education
  • You’re seeking to change career or study direction
  • You’re an international student and/or permanent resident and English is your second language, and you don’t meet the English entry criteria for a programme of study

About foundation programmes

Upon successful completion of an assessed foundation programme you’ll be awarded a qualification. This will enable you to meet the academic requirements for most diplomas and degrees at Ara.

Non-assessed foundation 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’d like to do next. You’re not awarded a qualification at the end of a non-assessed course as there’s 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.

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

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

Study and Career Preparation - Applied Science, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Animal and Laboratory Science Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Study and Career Preparation - Broadcasting and Applied Media Pathway, Level 4

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in broadcast media and journalism.

19 Weeks
Starts: February
New Zealand Broadcasting School

Study and Career Preparation - Business and ICT Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher-level studies in business or IT.

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Business ICT

Study and Career Preparation - Construction and Architecture Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher-level study in construction and architectural studies

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Trades Architectural Studies

Study and Career Preparation - Engineering Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in engineering

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Engineering

Study and Career Preparation - Bachelor of Engineering Technology Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in engineering

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Engineering

Study and Career Preparation - Medical Imaging Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging

Study and Career Preparation - Pre-Health Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User)

Enhance your employment opportunities with advanced computing skills.

19 Weeks
ICT

Study and Career Preparation - TOA Sports Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher level study in Te reo or Sports coaching.

19 Weeks
Maori Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Study and Career Preparation - Animal Science/Veterinary Nursing Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in animal science.

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Animal and Laboratory Science

Study and Career Preparation - Health Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study for health pathways

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging

Study and Career Preparation - Architectural Studies Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in architectural studies

19 Weeks
Architectural Studies

Study and Career Preparation - Construction Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in construction.

19 Weeks
Trades

Study and Career Preparation - Support Work and Social Work Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills and entry required for higher level study in support work and then social work

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Social Work and Human Services

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User)

Gain computing skills for a wide range of employment opportunities.

19 Weeks
ICT

Study and Career Preparation - Sports, Nutrition and Health Promotion Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in sport science, nutrition or health promotion

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Sport science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Study and Career Preparation - Engineering Pre-Pathway, Level 3

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in engineering

19 Weeks
Starts: February
Engineering

Certificate in Foundation Skills - Career and Education

Prepare for further study or employment with confidence and direction.

19 Weeks
Language and Education

Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners with optional strand in Skills for Working

Gain skills to assist you to be a productive citizen of Aotearoa.

1 Year
Language and Education