10 Reasons to Choose Auckland Foundation Year


  1. Guaranteed pathway to universities
  2. By successfully completing Auckland Foundation Year (AFY) you are guaranteed a place* at AUT University, Massey University or The University of Auckland. Your AFY qualification will also be recognised by all other New Zealand universities and Group of Eight universities in Australia. Students from AFY have also gone to study in Europe and The USA.

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    *Provided minimum entry requirements are met


  3. Excellent university success rates
  4. Taylors College students consistently achieve excellent results and are able to pathway successfully to university. Read more about our Students' Results >


  5. New Zealand Qualification Authority Assessment - Top score
  6. Taylors College excelled in the NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority) External Evaluation with Highly Confident in educational performance and Highly Confident in capability in self-assessment. This is the highest ranking that schools can gain and demonstrates the high standard of teaching, success rates and professionalism of Taylors College. You can feel safe in the knowledge that our performance and educational quality are frequently assessed.

    Access the external quality assurance report by NZQA 


  7. Exam papers moderated by The University of Auckland
  8. After being marked by our teachers, final exam papers for each subject are moderated by expert academics from The University of Auckland. This ensures that our marking is consistent and fair and exam questions are of a high standard.


  9. Smaller tutorial sizes
  10. We limit the number of students in each tutorial, which allows our academic staff to provide you with more individual attention, maximising your academic performance.


  11. Multiple intakes
  12. You can start your study at a time that suits you, we have intakes in January, April, July, August and October. Find out about dates and intakes >


  13. Recognition of Prior Learning ( RPL)
  14. If you have studied at NCEA Level 3 in New Zealand or overseas, you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which, if successful, will allow you to complete AFY more cheaply and in less time.


  15. Improve your English language skills
  16. We offer Taylors English Language Preparation (TELP) if you need to develop your English skills before you start your foundation course. Find out more >


  17. World class learning technology
    • Online learning

      Study Smart, our web-based learning system, allows teachers to provide online activities and course materials designed specifically for your needs. You will also be able to interact and share information online with your teachers and classmates.

    • Interactive whiteboards

      Interactive whiteboards are used by AFY and TELP teachers to enhance the learning experience.  The WiFi enabled touch-screen whiteboards encourage interactivity, participation and active engagement. Our students’ feedback that interactive whiteboards make their lessons more enjoyable, and thus they feel they learn more.


  18. Open to New Zealand permanent residents and citizens
  19. Taylors College has been approved by Universities New Zealand to accept international, New Zealand Permanent Residents (PRs) and domestic students into AFY. (Conditions apply)