New Start programmes

New Start programmes are part-time courses designed to prepare you for entry into a range of degrees at the University of Auckland.

If you'd like to study at the University of Auckland, the New Start programme is a great place to begin. All courses are part-time and offered before or during the University semester term. This means that you can move straight into first-year study after completing New Start.

The New Start programme is the University of Auckland's only part-time academic preparation course. It's designed for anyone aged 20 years or over who needs to gain skills and confidence for university study. It's a realistic introduction to your first year with us. The courses include study skills and are made up of an academic integrity course, lectures, tutorials, workshops, assignments with feedback and a final test.

You need to select the right New Start course that will set up a pathway to your undergraduate degree programme. We highly recommend you seek advice from an undergraduate adviser or contact our New Start Office for more information. Admission to Arts, Business, Education and Social Work, and Law will depend on your final grade from New Start. Please note each undergraduate programme may have additional entry requirements for admission.

All students must enrol in New Start General NSGEN 47. If you wish to study Commerce or Property, you'll need to complete Mathematics Preparation for University NSMAT 14. If you don't have NCEA Level 2 Mathematics then we recommend that you complete Enjoying Mathematics NSMAT 10 before enrolling in NSMAT 14.

 

Entry requirements


You must be 20 years or older and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. You also need a good standard of English. We welcome all students with the potential and drive to succeed, so even if you didn't do very well at school please don't let that prevent you from applying.

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New Start General NSGEN 47


As a New Start student you'll be introduced to a variety of topics in humanities, social sciences, education and social work, law and science. So having assessed your areas of interest and considered the options available, you'll be able to make the right decision about your future study.

New Start General offers you:

  • A programme of weekly lectures, workshops and tutorials
  • A choice of locations – the University of Auckland City Campus Semester One and Two, Manukau Semester One and Two, Tai Tokerau Campus (Whangarei) Semester Two only
  • Access to online course resources
  • A Saturday Orientation workshop
  • Mentoring and peer support
  • Part-time study over one semester (13 weeks) for Auckland courses (The Tai Tokerau course is held on Saturdays over eight weeks.)
  • Assignments to write and a test to sit
  • The University's Academic Integrity course

The Auckland programme will include an Orientation Day. You'll get tips on how to manage your studies, a campus tour, lunch, an overview of course expectations, the course timetable and information about entry requirements for future study. All Auckland students are expected to attend Orientation, which takes place at the City Campus.

  • Semester One Orientation day is Saturday 4 March 2017.
  • Semester Two Orientation day is Saturday 22 July 2017.

Lectures

During the programme, you'll attend weekly two-hour lectures. The lecturers are University staff from various disciplines and faculties. The classes will introduce you to a new subject area each week and may include the following lecture topics.

  • Anthropology, Art History, Classics and Ancient History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, History, Law, Māori Studies, Media, Film and Television, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology and Test preparation

Note that lecture topics and assignments may vary each semester.

Workshops

To support you during the course, we run a series of study skills workshops. These will help you develop your skills and your understanding of what will be expected of you during your university study. Most workshops run for one or two hours and include these topics:

  • Assessing your language skills
  • Essay writing skills
  • Life on campus
  • Managing your New Start studies
  • Memory, revision and exam techniques
  • Taking notes and reviewing lectures
  • Planning your degree studies
  • Reading critically
  • Test preparation
  • Using information technology
  • Using the library

Tutorials

As well as weekly lectures, you'll attend one-hour tutorials for assessed topics during the course. These small-group discussions give you the opportunity to ask about lectures or assignments. Tutorials are normally held a day or two after lecture classes.

Assessments

During the course, you'll complete three assignments, the University's Academic Integrity course, and an end-of-course test. These tasks will help prepare you for university studies. To complete the course, you'll need to submit all coursework and sit the test to obtain a final grade, which will be used to support your admission to the University of Auckland.

Learning outcomes

Having successfully completed your New Start course, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for undergraduate study.
  • Write essays in an appropriate academic style.
  • Demonstrate study skills and self management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and evaluate concepts.
  • Describe and debate issues of importance within at least ten different disciplines.
  • Make informed decisions, plan an undergraduate course of study and enrol at the University of Auckland.

Course Fees

$634.50

 

2017 Semester One course dates (offered at two locations):

NSGEN 47: MIT Manukau Campus

Orientation Day: Saturday 4 March, 10am-3pm, University of Auckland City Campus

When: 12 sessions, Mondays, 6 March-29 May, 6-8pm (plus additional workshops and tutorials)

Where: Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara

Final Test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 7 June, 6-8pm

Closing date for online application 26 February 2017

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NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland City Campus

Orientation Day: Saturday 4 March, 10am-3pm, City Campus

When: 12 sessions, Wednesdays, 8 March-31 May, 12-2pm, (plus additional workshops and tutorials)

Where: University of Auckland, City Campus 

Final Test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 7 June, 6-8pm

Closing date for online application 26 February 2017

 

2017 Semester Two course dates (offered at three locations):

NSGEN 47: MIT Manukau Campus

Orientation Day: Saturday 22 July, 10am-3pm, University of Auckland City Campus

When: 12 sessions, Mondays, 24 July-16 October, 6-8pm (plus additional workshops and tutorials)

Where: Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara

Final Test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 25 October, 6-8pm

Closing date for online application 16 July 2017

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NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland City Campus

Orientation Day: Saturday 22 July, 10am-3pm, City Campus

When: 12 sessions, Tuesdays, 25 July-17 October, 6-8pm, (plus additional workshops and tutorials)

Where: University of Auckland, City Campus 

Final Test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 25 October, 6-8pm

Closing date for online application 16 July 2017

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NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus, Whangarei

Orientation Day: Saturday 16 September, 8.45-9.45am, University of Auckland, Tai Tokerau Campus

When: 8 sessions, Saturdays, 16 September-11 November, 9am-4pm,

Where: University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus, Whangarei

Final Test: University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus, Saturday 11 November, 9-11am

Closing date for online application to Tai Tokerau Campus programme 9 September 2017

 

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Enjoying Mathematics NSMAT 10


This is a short, intensive course taught on Saturdays in a workshop environment. There will sometimes be lectures, but most of the time you'll be working together collaboratively, either as a whole class or in groups.

Enjoying Mathematics is a great way to build your skills and confidence.  

If you haven't passed NCEA Level 2 Mathematics, or an equivalent qualification, we advise you to enrol in this course before the start of semester to ready yourself for Mathematics Preparation for University NSMAT 14.

Assessment

During the course, you'll complete two assignments and sit an end-of-course test. 

Learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the course, you'll be able to:

  • Approach further mathematics courses with increased skills.
  • Understand the idea of a function in the sense of describing number patterns.
  • Understand Pascal's Triangle and Prime Numbers.
  • Understand the relationship between length, area and volume.
  • Evaluate and prepare statistical presentations.
  • Create 2-D plans of simple 3-D objects.
  • Understand the mathematical concepts embedded in maps.
  • Understand the use of probabilities in everyday situations.
  • Understand the ideas of rate and ration in the context of medicine dosages.
  • Use formulae in a variety of situations.
  • Represent simple patterns both algebraically and graphically.

Course Fees

$364.50

 

2017 Course Dates

Prior to Semester One 2017

When: 4 sessions, Saturdays, 4-25 February, 9am-4pm

Where: University of Auckland, City Campus

Closing date for online application is 29 January 2017

 

Prior to Semester Two 2017

When: 4 sessions, Saturdays 24 June-15 July, 9am-4pm

Where:  University of Auckland City Campus

Closing date for online application is 18 June 2017

To apply please contact New Start office phone 09 923 7832 or email newstart@auckland.ac.nz

 

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Mathematics Preparation for University NSMAT 14


This course is compulsory, together with New Start General, if you plan to apply for an undergraduate degree in Commerce or Property at the University of Auckland's Business School.

You’ll explore a variety of topics of everyday interest, with the aim of clarifying the underlying mathematics and statistics. You must have completed Enjoying Mathematics NSMAT 10 or NCEA Level 2 Mathematics to enrol in this course.

Please submit your verified NCEA Level 2 Mathematics credits or equivalent qualification to the New Start Office.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you'll be able to:

  • Use formulae to analyse problems and calculate solutions.
  • Use mathematical and statistical approaches to interpret data.
  • Describe how modelling contributes to people's understanding of businesses and the environment.

Assessment

During the course, you'll complete three assignments and sit an end-of-course test. 

 

Course Fees:

$364.50

 

 

2017 Semester One course dates

Orientation Day: Saturday 4 March, 10am-3pm, University of Auckland City Campus

When: 12 sessions, Thursdays, 9 March-1 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: The University of Auckland City Campus

Closing date for online applications is 26 February 2017

 

2017 Semester Two course dates

Orientation Day: Saturday 22 July, 10am-3pm, University of Auckland City Campus

When: 12 sessions, Thursdays, 27 July-19 October, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: The University of Auckland City Campus

Closing date for online applications is 16 July 2016

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What happens after New Start?


Depending on the final grade/s you achieve from New Start, you may be able to apply for admission to an undergraduate degree as stated above.

Some programmes have additional entry requirements. If you're interested in a particular undergraduate degree, please seek advice from a faculty adviser.

Please note New Start students are not eligible to apply for conjoint degree study or for Summer School in their first year of study at the University of Auckland.  

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