Improve your academic skills

Academic Skills Centre

The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) provides free workshops and seminars for all UC students and intending UC students.


Headstart courses are designed for you if you want to improve your confidence and refresh your knowledge before starting your course. The courses are two weeks long and run over summer after NCEA results have been released.

Certificate in University Preparation

The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is a great option if you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have been out of school for a few years and want to refresh your study skills. While it is desirable to complete the CUP full-time in one semester, it is possible to study it part-time.