How are the courses taught?
The simple answer is "it depends". We're happy to have you come to campus, whenever you can, to participate in your classes. Yet, we realise that this way of learning doesn't fit everyone.
Different paths have been designed to fit the subject matter, and you, best. While some courses emphasise reading the text book and working out problem sets as the best way to learn, others offer videos of lectures, PowerPoint notes, supplemental reading materials, on-line chat sessions - you name it.
At the same time you're considering how courses are taught, you may want to seriously consider how you learn (not the same thing!). If you are comfortable being able to see an assignment due date and scheduling your work to meet that date, we encourage you to apply. If you'd like some help in doing a great job on that assignment, we'll be happy to set you in the right direction. If you think you need a lot of supervision in your studies though, you should talk to us first before deciding to sign up for an ALPs course.
How do I get university credit for my ALPs course?
All ALPs courses are worth 15 credits / 0.125 EFTS at all New Zealand universities. Of course, each of the Lincoln University ALPs courses is fully creditable to a Lincoln University degree.
What if I change my mind?
If you wish to withdraw or change courses, please contact a member of the Student Administration team who can help you with this. The deadline to withdraw by is noted under the Key Dates section of this site.
What is it going to cost?
Each enrolled student will be charged $468 for a course and a 'one-off' $60 administration fee. A Lincoln University ALPs course is open to STAR funding. What this means for you is that your personal cost for a course may be subsidised. Please see your school's STAR advisor for details. The costs of text books and course handbooks will vary, but can be expected to be around $150.
Who is eligible to enrol in the Lincoln University ALPs courses?
Eligibility is based on an assessment of your school record. You are likely to need a minimum of 80 NCEA credits at Level 2 over four approved subjects, in addition to meeting the literacy and numeracy requirements for University Entrance. Achievement with merit and excellence will be considered favourably. Other qualifications with an equivalent standard will also be considered.
How do I apply?
We want to make sure that the types of students admitted into the ALPs courses have the qualities they need to succeed at university. In other words, we want you to get the most out of the courses that you can. That can happen when you first have a solid academic foundation.
To apply, you'll need to provide the following:
- An application form for Discretionary Entrance
- A verified copy of your birth certificate or New Zealand passport*
- Letter of Recommendation from your Principal
* If you are a New Zealand Permanent Resident you must provide a verified copy of your passport with a copy of your Resident Visa.
In most cases we'll be able to review your Record of Learning from the NZQA site.
Once you are accepted into the programme and have accepted your offer, you can complete enrolment. We will then send you a user name and password that will allow access to Lincoln University's student system. From here, you'll be able to get on to course materials and everything else you'll need to start your courses.