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Foundation Studies

Foundation programmes are ideal for people who don’t meet the entry requirements for a specific course they want to study, are unsure of what programme to study, or have been out of study for a long time. Students will graduate ready to jump straight into their next course, or with the confidence to use the skills they already have.

Pathway options

We have a variety of pathway options, from general academic study skills to specific industry options to elevate your learning and opportunities. Focused pathways include areas such as:

  • Media arts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Business administration
  • Early childhood education
  • Computing/IT
  • Police, armed forces, and community services

"I always loved the idea of being a midwife but never thought it was achievable because I didn’t like school and left when I was 15. I didn’t have my NCEA Level 2 to get in, so I completed the Te Ara Pūtake course. I did this over the summer and then went straight into the Bachelor of Midwifery degree."

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To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

About the faculty

The Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways can provide students with the platform to:

  • Go on to further study
  • Enhance work skills, or simply pursue their interests
  • Enhance study skills​

We have programmes that help students develop study skills and allows them to discover what is expected at tertiary level study. There are specific pathways if students are interested in further study, eg health, sport science.

A range of short courses are also available. These include grammar and report writing online, basic computing, and a variety of Adult Community Education classes that are offered in partnership with community education providers.

Read more about the Centre.

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on a document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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