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Northern Consortium (NCUK) Pathway

09 September 2023

The Northern Consortium (NCUK) pathway offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree qualifications that can provide an alternative way to get into a UC course. Learn about the NCUK pathway to UC.

UC recognises NCUK Degree Pathway Qualifications


The Northern Consortium offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathway qualifications that can provide an alternative pathway to entry into UC’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 


Enrol at one of NCUK’s global Study Centre to obtain the qualification you need for entry to UC. Pathway courses are delivered in person at an accredited study centre.


NCUK is a leading global pathway course provider

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Why Pathway to UC? 


While the borders are closed due to COVID-19, pathway courses enable you to start your study journey right now, from home.


The NCUK Pathway offers you the flexibility to begin your New Zealand education experience from one of more than 80 global accredited centres around the world. After completing your pathway course, you can progress to university for your qualification. 


Pathway courses are designed especially for international students in preparation for the academic demands and English skills required to progress to a New Zealand learning environment.


Enrol in one of the NCUK study centres in your location to begin your pathway to UC. Study with flexibility, safety and with the guarantee of university placement once your pathway course is completed. 



Find out entry to New Zealand, visa requirements and scholarships available for students enrolling in the NCUK Pathway 

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International Foundation Year: Foundation studies for University Entrance


The International Foundation Year (IFY) qualification is normally required by students who have completed high school outside of the UK education system and/or in a language other than English.


If you have applied directly to the university and were not eligible, the IFY qualification may be able to help you bridge the gap between your current qualification and university study at an undergraduate level. 


For the International Foundation Year qualification, you can choose three academic modules depending on which degree you want to study at university. You may also need to study one of our English for Academic Purposes modules. 


Entry requirements


International Year One: Advanced access to the second year of a university degree


The International Year One (IYOne) is a credit-bearing qualification that enables you to study the first year of an undergraduate degree at an NCUK Study Centre and upon successful completion, enter the second year of a wide range of degree courses at university. Students benefit from smaller classes, allowing thorough academic preparation and support to ensure a smooth transition into university study.


Entry requirements


The International Year One is ideal for students who are looking to:

  • Study locally for an extra year and gain university credits to transfer to a full degree;
  • Experience an international learning environment and build up a global network of contacts;
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes and personalised support before entering university.


NCUK’s Master’s Preparation


The Master’s Preparation gives students the high-level academic skills and knowledge, advanced English language skills, and university application support and guidance to successfully apply for a Masters.


The NCUK Pre-Masters Preparation qualification gives access to a UC postgraduate degree on successful completion.


NCUK’s Master’s Preparation (also referred to as NCUK Pre-Master’s Programme) is the best route for success on your chosen postgraduate degree and in your future career – it ensures you Get Into university and Get On with your studies.


Entry Requirements


Who is the Master’s Preparation programme for?

  • Anyone wanting to upgrade their English language level ahead of a postgraduate degree programme
  • Those wanting to ensure they have the academic skills necessary for successful postgraduate study in English
  • Anyone wanting to improve their career pathway or prospects through skills development and postgraduate study
  • Employers/sponsors looking to upskill their workforce through postgraduate study and want a one-stop solution with academic and language preparation and the application processes
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