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Certificate of University Preparation

Emma Lumb —

Preparations are beginning for the second semester intake of the Certificate of University Preparation programme that we deliver with the University of Canterbury.

We have now been teaching offsite at the University campus for almost a whole year. While the permanent space for CUP is planned to be ready for the beginning of 2020, we are enjoying being based in the Forestry building.

UC’s Certificate in University Preparation is a Level 4 certificate that offers a non-NCEA pathway to university study. CUP is a full-time one-semester programme made up of four courses. Hagley staff teach the compulsory Academic Communication and Study Skills course during semesters 1 and 2, and students choose three other courses specifically related to their proposed area of study. As well as students taking the whole CUP certificate as their entry pathway, we get quite a few students who choose to take the Academic Communication course part-time as a refresher before getting back into tertiary study or as a university taster. Liz McNeill, our Tertiary Pathways Coordinator, has also been a teacher in the Academic Communication course since Hagley and UC began the partnership in 2015. You are very welcome to contact her or myself if you have any enquiries about these courses of study (see picture above for details).