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Foundation Skills

UCOL Foundation programmes are a great way for you to develop practical and academic skills to help with further study or employment. Each Foundation programme has a practical focus where you will gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to help you participate effectively in polytechnic or tertiary study.

Our Foundation Skills programmes can lead to numerous Vocational Pathways.

English Language

International students from various countries stand in the Palmerston North atrium

UCOL's English Language programmes include the full suite of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) programmes Level 1 to Level 5, all NZQA approved.

Health Science

Health Science students conducting experiments in one of the science laboratories on Palmerston North campus

Health Science programmes impart the knowledge and practical skills to give a firm foundation for further study in the areas of Health and/or Science.

Study Skills

Tertiary Study Skills students learning together at our Palmerston North campus

UCOL‘s Study Skills programmes will help you build the self-confidence and learning skills to take on future tertiary study and training. The programmes cover study skills, communication, problem solving, basic maths, basic computing skills and future study options. No previous academic qualifications are required for entry.