Foundation Certificate in EAP (FCertEAP)

Online Course
Entry requirements
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Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) is ideal if you have met the academic requirements for the University of Auckland or some other New Zealand tertiary institutions, but have not reached the English language requirements.

This programme ensures you gain the English proficiency and academic literacy needed for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses. Successfully completing the FCertEAP programme with the required grade for your academic study programme will meet the English language requirements for entry to a number of New Zealand tertiary institutions.*

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Course length
21 weeks, including one week study break (17-week courses commence in September and November)

Course dates 

23 November 2020 – 1 April 2021 (17 weeks)
25 January – 18 June 2021 (20 weeks)
12 April – 3 September 2021 (20 weeks)
28 June – 19 November 2021 (20 weeks)
13 September 2021 – 21 January 2022 (17 weeks)
22 November 2021 – 1 April 2022 (17 weeks)

Total hours
400 hours


* More information on the New Zealand tertiary institutions that recognise the FCertEAP is available on request.



The ELA is committed to the continuation of your English language learning during this challenging Covid-19 period. To support your study goals, the ELA is pleased to offer Foundation Certificate in EAP (FCertEAP) online. Until the end of 2020, Foundation Certificate in EAP (FCertEAP) is available online (as well as resuming face to face classes once permitted by the New Zealand government)*.

Online FCertEAP classes are mix of offline activities such as discussion forum posting, and live interactive Zoom sessions on course work topics between students and tutors. Zoom sessions can sometimes be one-to-one or small group tutorials in addition to whole class activities. Your classes are from 1pm to 5.15pm NZT for all levels. 

Technology and other learning requirements: 

•    Laptop or PC with Microsoft Word or other document producing capabilities and functional webcam. This is essential for Academic English and Pathway courses 
•    Headset/ear phones/microphone for listening/speaking/recording purposes
•    Stable internet connection (recommended speed of 3Mbps)
•    Designated quiet study space especially required for completing assignments/assessments

Find out why you should study an online university English pathway course with us HERE.

Frequently asked questions about our online English courses HERE.

* Disclaimer: If student numbers do not allow us to run a completely online or face-to-face class, then a hybrid class may need to be run. A hybrid class is one which is made up of a combination of both face to face and online students where one teacher leads both students online and face-to-face may have to be run.

Academic entry requirements

To be eligible for FCertEAP, you must hold a conditional offer of place from a New Zealand tertiary institution that recognises FCertEAP.*

English language entry requirements

You can meet the English language entry requirements for FCertEAP through one of the following test results:

ELA test


IELTS result**

IELTS Academic can be accepted for entry to FCertEAP if you meet the minimum scores below. IELTS Indicator can also be accepted during 2020 and 2021 until further notice. 

PTE result

PTE Academic can be accepted for entry for FCertEAP if you meet the minimum scores below.

TOEFL iBT result 

TOEFL iBT can be accepted for entry for FCertEAP if you meet the minimum scores below.

Minimum Entry Requirements 

Students who do not meet the above requirements can still apply and will receive an offer of place for two blocks (20 weeks) of Academic English. They can be accepted into FCertEAP if they gain an acceptable score in the ELA placement test. Students who do not reach the required level in the ELA placement test can join FCertEAP after successfully completing EAP Intro (undergraduate) or EAP 1 (postgraduate). In order to ensure success, candidates ideally should enter with an IELTS score no lower than 1.0 band away from their conditional offer language requirement.

* More information on the New Zealand tertiary institutions that recognise the FCertEAP is available on request.
** The Academic IELTS score must have been issued within 2 years and 6 months of the FCertEAP commencement date. Please note this is a temporary extension from 2 years due to the Covid-19 situation. 

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    • Students may commence their studies no later than the Friday of the first week of the course.
    • No late starts are allowed for Summer School – students must begin on the Monday of the first week of the course.
    • Students repeating the course need to confirm their place with the Enrolments Manager no later than the first day of the course.
    • Students must pay the tuition fees for their Study Programme to ELA at least four (4) weeks prior to the commencement of their Study Programme, except in the following case: Students from the People’s Republic of China are not permitted to pay the tuition fees before INZ has granted “Student Visa Approval in Principle”

    • Please note students taking a Pathway course will need to have their own device, i.e. laptop or tablet. 



    Online FCertEAP pathway programme 


    Learning English online comes with many great benefits. Listen to Peter, one of our tutors, as he shares how you can still gain the English skills you need to progress into a New Zealand university with one of our online University English pathway programmes.

    Hear from our English university pathway (FCertEAP) students


    Eric (China) is a successful FCertEAP graduate and International Student Scholarship recipient. The FCertEAP helped him gain direct entry into his Masters programme in Food Processing Engineering at the University of Auckland. He shares some important tips for future university pathway students. 


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