Foundation Year

Course Outline

The University of Otago Queenstown Resort College Foundation Year Certificate is delivered over two full time semesters. Successful completion of the programme will meet the academic requirements for University entrance for undergraduate degrees in Business/Commerce and Humanities.

In the Foundation Year students will study in one of two streams (Arts or Business/Commerce), with each stream containing ten papers. Both streams include Academic English, Foundations of Computing and Introduction to Marketing.

Being delivered in Queenstown, Foundation Year allows for a world leading study experience.

Term 1

Term 2

Arts Course

Academic English I Academic English II
Foundations of Computing Applications of Computing
Economics Geography
International Studies – Historical Perspective International Studies – Contemporary Environment
New Zealand History Introduction to Marketing

Commerce Course

Academic English I Academic English II
Economics Business
Mathematics for Commerce Applications of Computing
Introduction to Management Introduction of Marketing
Introduction to Business Finance Introduction to Accounting
Extra English 3 hours both terms. Extra Mathematics 2 hours term 1 ONLY. Consultation time 1 hour per week per subject.

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Students will develop communication and problem solving skills equipping them with the knowledge required for successful undergraduate study.

The Arts stream may lead to these university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Education

The Business/Commerce stream may lead to these university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Tourism
  • Bachelor of Arts

If there are insufficient numbers to run a paper, students will be offered other options or they may withdraw from the course with a full refund of fees.

Please find a copy of the Otago University QRC Foundation Year Policy here.

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