TFC pathways

Arts

The Arts pathway prepares you to enter the first year of a degree in either the Faculty of Arts or Creative Arts and Industries. Once you’ve completed your TFC, you’ll be able to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Global Studies or a programme offered by the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries. CAI offers Bachelors programmes in Architecture, Dance, Design, Fine Arts, Music and Urban Planning. The Arts pathway is also an ideal way to prepare for a Bachelor of Laws.

Programme structure

You must complete our Academic Literacy courses in both semesters, and at least one Mathematics course. Maths for Arts is a course that is particularly relevant to the Arts Pathway. The other courses offered in this pathway are: Arts General, History, Geography, Pacific Studies, Creative Arts, and Sociology.

Courses available in the Arts pathway

Arts General
Creative Arts
English
Geography
History
Mathematics
Pacific Studies
Sociology

Business and Economics

The Business and Economics pathway prepares you to enrol in a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Property. You'll need at least B average across your TFC courses to qualify for enrolment.

Programme structure

In Semester One, you’ll complete an Academic Literacy course, a Mathematics course and two Arts courses. In Arts you can choose from Geography, History, Pacific Studies and Sociology.

In Semester Two, you’ll complete TFCSTATS 92F and TFCBUS 92F, Academic Literacy, and one other course. You can select this additional course from Arts General, Biology, Chemistry, Creative Arts, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, and Sociology.

Courses available in the Business and Economics pathway

Arts General
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Creative Arts
Geography
Mathematics
Physics
Sociology
Statistics

Education and Social Work

You can select courses in this pathway to develop your skills and build knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system and society. This pathway is offered at Tai Tokerau, South Auckland, and Epsom. It prepares you to enter the Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education. This pathway will also give you entrance to a Bachelor of Arts and other degree programmes, depending on the grades you attain.

Programme structure

You’ll complete the two TFC Academic Literacy courses across the two semesters, a Mathematics course, and a variety of Education courses.

Courses available in the Education and Social Work pathway

Education
Mathematics

Engineering

The Engineering pathway prepares you to enter Part I of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). We offer a number of specialisations, which you enter after successfully completing the first year of your Bachelor of Engineering.

You are guaranteed a place in Engineering if: you complete your eight TFC courses with an overall A- average; and gain an A- in TFCPHYSICS 92F and TFCMATHS 94F.

Programme structure

If you choose the Engineering Pathway, you must enrol in:

  • At least one Academic Literacy course
  • TFCMATHS 94F and TFCPHYSICS 92F, both offered in Semester Two
  • An additional Mathematics course
  • Two courses from Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Pacific Studies in Semester One
  • Two courses from Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Statistics in Semester Two

Courses available in the Engineering pathway

Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Mathematics
Pacific Studies
Physics
Statistics

 

Science

The Science pathway prepares you to enter your first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science. If you pass all eight courses in your TFC, you’ll qualify to enter the BSc general majors. With at least a B+ average in the TFC, you may be accepted into the Bachelor of Health Sciences or the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. A B- average from the TFC is required for the Bachelor of Science in either Exercise Sciences or Food Science and Nutrition.

Programme structure

You must complete at least one Academic Literacy course and two Mathematics courses, as well as your choice of TFC Science options. The science options available are: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.

Courses available in the Science pathway

Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Mathematics
Physics
Statistics

General Pathway

If you haven’t yet decided which degree to pursue, you could enrol in our General pathway. This option involves a combination of TFC courses. 

Depending on your grades and your course combination in the General Pathway, you could choose from a variety of degree programmes after you complete your TFC. You could enrol in Arts, Architecture, Commerce, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Property, or Science.

Programme structure

You must complete at least one Mathematics course, one Academic Literacy course, and another six courses of your choice. In Semester One, you can choose from Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Pacific Studies, Physics and Sociology.

In Semester Two, you can choose from Arts General, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, Creative Arts, Geography, Physics, Sociology, and Statistics.

Courses available in the General pathway

Arts General
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Creative Arts
Geography
History
Pacific Studies
Physics
Sociology
Statistics

 

Plus Pathway

If you gain an A– average in Semester One of the TFC, you may be offered the opportunity to enrol in a selected Stage 1 bachelors course as part of your Semester Two TFC programme. This course will be credited to both your TFC and degree.

Note

Moving from a TFC pathway into a specific degree is not automatic and depends on the grades achieved in your TFC year. Note that some degree programmes have additional entry requirements.