TFC overview

Do you lack the grades needed for entry to university?
You want to study at university but feel unprepared or lack confidence?
Did you leave school early, or has it been some time since you last did any study?  

Then TFC is the way to go.

TFC is for those who:

  • Didn’t  achieve University Entrance via NCEA Level 3 or Cambridge examinations
  • Cannot gain admission into the bachelors programme of their choice due to their rank score
  • Have been away from school for some time

The TFC programme supports the University’s belief that anyone capable of studying at tertiary level should be given that opportunity. The major factors for your success in this programme are regular attendance, motivation and determination to maintain the necessary effort.

What you’ll learn

This intensive one-year, full-time programme will help you gain the skills and confidence you need for successful tertiary study. You will:

  • Pursue courses in Arts and Sciences specifically designed to bring you up to Stage I university level
  • Learn how to study effectively and understand the discipline needed for effective tertiary-level study
  • Work with highly qualified University lecturers and tutors
  • Be introduced to university life, with full use of campus services and facilities
  • Gain an academically recognised qualification so you can apply for admission into a bachelors programme at the University of Auckland or with another tertiary provider*.

*Note: Some faculties have limited entry programmes, and TFC graduates may need a stronger Grade Point Average (GPA) to be considered favourably. Strong TFC grades, such as B+ and above, usually enable admission into a basic BA, BCom or BSc programme, but requirements may vary. Contact individual faculties for details.

Programme structure

Courses run from 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday. Your classes, tutorials and labs will total approximately 20 hours per week, and you are expected to spend another 20 hours per week on research and assignments.

After you have completed your online application, you must come to the University to sit diagnostic tests in English and Maths. View further information, including the next testing date.

For information about the academic year, including semester and examination dates, and holiday breaks, see Important dates.

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