Certificate in University Preparation
The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is designed to prepare Aotearoa New Zealand citizens or permanent residents for university study. The CUP programme provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment with small classes and individual attention to help you develop your confidence to succeed at university.
CUP is recommended for people who have been out of study for a while and want to refresh their study skills, or school leavers who want to gain University Entrance. Courses are delivered in small classes that could include a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, exercises, and group tasks.
CUP is a one-semester programme of study for full-time students, with three intakes per year. Flexible part-time and distance options are also available. Full-time study could mean up to 40 hours of study per week, including up to 24 hours of classes and time spent on self-directed learning.
The core course, TRNS 001 Academic Writing and Study Skills is delivered in partnership with Hagley College in the February and July intakes.
The CUP programme will help you to develop the skills necessary for successful university study, including:
- 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.
The CUP programme provides an environment for students to:
- build relationships with peers
- connect with the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
- plan for future study.
For the full qualification requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in University Preparation.
We accept students into the CUP programme based on:
- an interview with a Student Advisor
- a previous academic record.
All students have an interview before they start to help design an appropriate pathway around their future ambitions and current needs.
Our intention is for students to succeed in tertiary study, and some background knowledge is required for certain degree pathways.
- A diagnostic maths test may be required for our engineering and science pathways.
- An English Language test may be required if your previous education is in another language.
We have a partnership with Hagley College to deliver an extended pathway into degree study, if required.
See the apply for preparatory programmes webpage for application information. The Regulations for the Certificate in University Preparation has all regulatory details.
How to apply
To apply for entry into the Certificate in University Preparation programme, you need to apply to enrol online with myUC.
- The first step is to think about what degree you want to do after CUP. If you are unsure of this, please talk to our UC Liaison Office | Te Rōpū Takawaenga o UC.
- Submit an online application.
- CUP course selection for degree pathways will assist you in choosing the relevant courses.
- At your interview we will help design a pathway into your degree.
CUP intakes are in February, July, and November. With three intakes per year, there is a suitable pathway for everyone:
- Semester 1 intake – 24 February to 7 June 2020
- Semester 2 intake – 20 July to 1 November 2020
- Semester 3 intake – 9 November 2020 to 7 February 2021
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 gain the Certificate in University Preparation you must:
- complete required oral, practical, and written work
- gain 60 credits (by passing the equivalent of four CUP courses), one of which must be TRNS 001
- complete CUP within 12 months of commencing CUP.
For more information on course selection, please refer to the CUP course selection for degree pathways.
When selecting courses you need to select the course code (TRNS 001), the appropriate occurrence code (20B1, 20B2, or 20B3) and delivery option ((C) or (D)) for each course (eg, TRNS001-20B1 (C) is for the February intake of CUP offered on Campus; TRNS 001-20B2 (D) is for the July intake offered via Distance).
There is one compulsory core course that is delivered on campus and by distance:
Te Waka Talanoa
Self-identified Māori and Pasifika students can study the core skills course on the University campus as part of the connective grouping – Te Waka Talanoa. An academic pathway will be designed around a student's individual needs via another three courses that make up the CUP certificate.
The CUP programme is delivered in partnership with Hagley College. The core course, TRNS 001, is delivered by Hagley College on the University of Canterbury campus in the February and July intakes.
You can choose from three other courses depending on which areas of study interests you:
- TRNS 001 Academic Writing and Study Skills
- TRNS 002 Te Uku: Perspectives on the history and political expansions of Aotearoa and the Pacific
- TRNS 003 An Introduction to Social Issues and Challenges
- TRNS 004 Teacher Education and Educational Studies
- TRNS 005 Exploring the Psychology and Biology of the Human Mind
- TRNS 006 Chemistry: An introduction to atoms, bonding, and reactions
- TRNS 007 Preparatory Mathematics
- TRNS 008 Fundamental Physics
- TRNS 009 An Introduction to Statistics and Probability
- TRNS 010 Digital Data: An exploration of the use and pervasiveness of data in a digitised society
- TRNS 011 An Introduction to Business
All optional courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers.
For more information contact the Student Transitions and Engagement team:
Student Transitions and Engagement
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800