Department of Bicultural, Bridging & Foundation Studies

Foundation Learning prepares students for entry, progression and success in tertiary education, offering a range of programmes delivered across the Waiariki rohe. These include:

  • Youth Guarantee
  • Certificate in Vocational Skills
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Smart Study

The department has established strong relationships with stakeholders, Iwi and community groups.

Principles of Foundation Learning 

Foundation Learning provision (level one to four programmes) occurs across all three faculties within the organisation covering many areas:

“Foundation learning is a broad concept involving skills such as literacy (in English and te reo Maori), numeracy, technological literacy, communications skills, team work, ‘learning to learn’ and self-confidence skills” (Ministry of Education, 2002).

Helping students reach their intended destination

Our foundation qualifications are tailored to Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) vocational areas which allow learners to focus on achieving their intended destination – such as NCEA or their qualification completion. These qualifications incorporate vocational/subject learning, personal and social development, functional skills, and promote lifelong learning.

Facilitating higher learning 

Waiariki has successfully been supporting foundation learners, with many progressing on to higher qualifications within the organisation such as Bachelor of Nursing, Early Childhood Education or Social Work. Students learn in small, friendly groups with high levels of support. The teaching team work very closely with students and ensure they receive the support, guidance and care. They acquire the academic skills, knowledge and confidence they need to prepare for higher study.

Page last updated: 02 May 2017