Department of Physics

Come up to speed: Tertiary Foundation Certificate

Do you lack the grades needed for entry to university? Are you motivated towards tertiary study but feel unprepared or lack confidence? Did you leave school early, or has it been some time since you last did any study? This intensive one year, fulltime programme will help you gain the skills and confidence you will need for successful study at tertiary level.

It covers:

  • PHYSICS 91F Foundation Physics 1: An introductory course for students who have not previously studied physics. Topics include the nature of light, wave motion, basic mechanics of motion in a straight line, including the concepts of momentum and energy, and an introduction to heat.
  • PHYSICS 92F Foundation Physics 2: A foundation course for students who understand the basic mechanics of motion in a straight line. Further mechanics, including equilibrium, projectile motion, rotational motion, and gravitation. Electromagnetism, including electrostatics, elementary circuits and the effects of magnetic fields.

The physics option prepares you to take advancing courses (PHYSICS 120-150) in the following year.

For more information contact

Secretary of the Tertiary Foundation Certificate
Gill Stringer
Room 403, Arts 1 Building
Phone: +64 9 373 7555 ext 84145
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