Certificate in University Preparation
The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is designed to prepare Aotearoa New Zealand citizens or permanent residents for University study. CUP meets the requirements for University Entrance and is recommended for people who have been out of study for a substantial period and want to refresh their study skills. CUP courses provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment to help you develop your confidence to succeed at university.
For full-time students, CUP is a one semester programme of study. Part-time and distance/flexible options are available.
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.
For the full qualification requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in University Preparation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The CUP programme is delivered in partnership with Hagley College. The core course, TRNS 001 Academic Writing and Study Skills, is delivered by Hagley College on the University of Canterbury campus in the February and July 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. 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.
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.
It is possible to complete CUP in one semester doing full-time study however, for some students completing CUP over a longer period may be advisable or preferable. Part-time students are strongly recommended to take the core course TRNS 001 in their first semester of study because it develops many of the communication, research, and study skills necessary for successful degree study.
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).
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.
This Certificate is accepted as an entry qualification for the University of Canterbury and, by application, to other Aotearoa New Zealand universities.
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