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Foundation Skills

Develop practical and academic skills at UCOL to help with further study or employment.

Our Foundation Skills programmes can lead to numerous Vocational Pathways.

Study Skills

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UCOL‘s Study Skills programmes will help you build the self-confidence and learning skills to take on future tertiary study and training. The programmes cover study skills, communication, problem solving, basic maths, basic computing skills and future study options. No previous academic qualifications are required for entry.

Literacy and Numeracy Courses

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UCOL's free literacy and numeracy courses will help you towards achieving essential NCEA Literacy and Numeracy credits.

English Language

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UCOL's English Language programmes include the full suite of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) programmes Level 1 to Level 5, all NZQA approved.

Free Computing Courses

Free Sign Language Courses

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New Zealand Sign Language is an official language of New Zealand and is used by our Deaf community. This interactive language is fun to learn.

Free Te Reo Courses

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Take your understanding of the Māori language beyond "Kia ora!" with UCOL's suite of free Te Reo Māori courses.