Certificate in University Preparation
The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is a one-semester programme designed for students who do not meet the requirements for University Entrance or who have been out of study for a substantial period and want to refresh their study skills.
Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply for entry to 100-level degree courses at UC.
The CUP programme will help you to develop the skills necessary for successful university study, including:
- acquiring subject knowledge for pathways to degree programmes
- study and time-management skills
- oral and written communication skills for a variety of contexts
- analytical, critical and problem solving skills
- information literacy skills
- interpersonal, group and teamwork skills
- build relationships with peers.
CUP courses provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment to help you develop your confidence to succeed at university.
CUP welcomes students who:
- have recently finished Year 13 programmes but missed University Entrance
- are under 20 and left school without University Entrance
- have been out of study for a number of years and want to refresh their study skills and obtain further background knowledge before beginning a degree programme.
Note: Enrolment in the CUP is restricted to New Zealand and Australian citizens or permanent residents (who are proficient in English).
If you are under 18 years of age you must meet the literacy and numeracy requirements for University Entrance and provide evidence of support from your school.
Qualification structure and duration
CUP intakes are in February, July and November.
The CUP programme is delivered in partnership with Hagley College. The core course, BRDG006 Academic Communication and Study Skills, is delivered by Hagley College on their campus in the February and June intakes.
The courses are delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, exercises and group tasks. The programme involves 17-23 hours of classes per week, plus approximately 24 hours of self-directed learning.
While it is desirable to complete the CUP full-time in one semester, it is possible to study it part-time. Students who wish to enrol in one or more CUP courses are able to do this by enrolling in a Certificate of Proficiency Preparatory (COP PREP).
While it is advisable to complete the CUP full-time in one semester, it is possible to study part-time. Part-time students are strongly recommended to take the core course BRDG006 in their first semester of study because it develops many of the communication, research and study skills necessary for successful degree study.
Students who want to enrol in one or more CUP courses are able to this by enrolling in a Certificate of Proficiency Preparatory (COP PREP).
Subjects and courses
The CUP consists of four courses and is taught through lectures, tutorials, seminars, exercises and group tasks. Most courses combine internal assessment and a final exam. Some are fully internally assessed via written assignments, oral presentations, and lab or field trip reports.
For more information on course selection, please refer to the Suggested Guidelines on CUP Course Selection section in the 2017 CUP Brochure.
There is one compulsory core course:
If you plan on studying part-time it is strongly recommended to take the core course in your first semester of study because it develops many of the communication, research and study skills necessary for successful university degree study.
And you can choose from three other courses depending on which areas of study interests you:
- BRDG011 Individuals in Society
- BRDG014 Teacher Education and Educational Studies
- BRDG016 Mathematics Part One
- BRDG017 Mathematics Part Two
- BRDG018 Statistics: Data and Probability
- BRDG019 Statistics: Probability Distributions and Inference
- BRDG023 Chemistry
- BRDG024 Physics
- BRDG025 Biology
- BRDG028 Accounting
- BRDG029 Economics
- BRDG032 Special Topic
- BRDG034 Making the World a better place: ideals and realities
- BRDG035 Pacific Migration, European Expansion and the Treaty of Waitangi
All optional courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers.
How to apply
With three intakes per year, there is a suitable pathway for everyone:
- Semester 1 intake - 20 February to 4 June
(Applications close 27 January)
- Semester 2 intake - 10 July to 22 October
(Applications close 16 June)
- Semester 3 intake - 6 November 2017 to 4 February 2018
(Applications close 13 October)
Each intake leads into degree study starting the following semester. An orientation day for each intake is held before the start of classes. Orientation information will be sent out along with enrolment confirmations. All students are expected to attend the orientation programme to receive important class information.
To apply for entry into the Certificate in University Preparation programme you need to apply to enrol online now with myUC, UC's student online portal, available to anyone anywhere. If this option is not possible for you, please contact us for a hard copy application form at email@example.com.
When you successfully complete the programme you will be awarded the Certificate in University Preparation. This certificate is accepted as an entry qualification for the University of Canterbury and other New Zealand universities.
For more information about the Certificate in University Preparation contact Transition Programmes:
Student Transitions and Engagement
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
For the full qualification requirements see the regulations for the Certificate in University Preparation.