How to apply for TFC

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident or Australian citizen.
  • have either completed Year 13 or, if you left school prior to or immediately after completing Year 12, you must have been out of school for at least one calendar year

We welcome applications from students of mature age.

You must also submit verified proof of your New Zealand citizenship or Permanent Residency status and a colour passport photo. Before attending any diagnostic assessment, you should take these to your nearest Student Hub:

Student Hub, City Campus
Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui | General Library
Building 109, 5 Alfred Street, Auckland
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Student Hub, Grafton Campus
Te Herenga Hauora | Philson Library
Building 503, Level 1 (entry via the Atrium, Building 505), 85 Park Rd, Grafton
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Student Hub, Epsom Campus
Te Herenga Whakaakoranga | Sylvia Ashton Warner Library
Gate 3, 74 Epsom Avenue (parking at Gate 2)
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Student Hub, Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga
6 Osterley Way, Manukau
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Student Hub, Te Papa Ako o Tai Tokerau
L Block, 13 Alexander Street, Whangarei

Hours Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday closed.


Application process

Log on to apply now.

  • If this is your first time applying to the University of Auckland, select "Create Application".
  • Make a note of your application number and password and select "Continue".
  • If you have previously applied for any of our programmes, enter your application number and password and select "Continue Application".
  • Under “Programme Type”, choose “Certificate”.
  • Under "Programme Name" type"Tertiary Foundation Cert”.
  • If you are applying for Education and Social Work, select this now. Otherwise select “Tertiary Foundation Certificate”.
  • Under "Start Term" select the semester in which you wish to begin your programme. Note that Education and Social Work only has a Semester One start.
  • If you selected "Education and Social Work", please choose from either the City or Tai Tonga (South Auckland) campus.
  • Complete the remaining questions and submit your application.

You must include a current email address as we will use this to advise you of your application status. Do not use your school email address.

The selection process

The Selection Committee will decide which applicants will be admitted. This will be based on your:

  • Results from the English and Mathematics diagnostic assessment
  • Interview responses (if applicable)
  • Academic merit as per your last school reports and/or other courses completed

Preference will be given to Māori or Pacific applicants, women aiming for the sciences, parents and others wishing to return to study after a break, refugees, applicants with disabilities, those changing direction and students of mature age.

Notice of acceptance

We will notify everyone about the result of their application.

If you are accepted, we will email you a conditional "Offer of Place". Once you have satisfactorily met the conditions, our staff will enrol you. Please ensure you read about our fees, examinations and regulations.

If you have applied online for any other programmes, you may receive a generic response indicating that applications have closed and your application will be considered if places become available. This does not apply to TFC applications. We will email you directly.