Course Overview

Gain and develop a foundation of skills to help you succeed in the future!

Our certificate is designed to help you develop a range of skills to progress to further study at Toi Ohomai. You’ll study a broad range of subjects to help you enter a number of potential study and career pathways. It's the ideal stepping stone if you're wanting a second chance at study and don't meet current entry criteria.

Past graduates have gone on to further study with us including nursing, engineering, carpentry and more.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 60
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees No tuition fees for domestic students View full fees information
Eligibility View entry criteria

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Career opportunities

This course provides an introduction to further study which can then lead to a career in the area of your choice.

Topics you'll cover

During the course you'll explore and identify your own personal skills and strengths.  You'll cover:

  • ko wai au (identity, culture, life experiences)
  • Māori protocols and practices
  • research, literacy and numeracy skills
  • teamwork
  • digital media (meaning and navigation), and information sharing
  • study and job pathways, goal setting and problem solving
  • individual goal setting, self management, health and wellbeing, personal presentation, interview skills
  • communication and reflection

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * No tuition fees for domestic students

*Please note, fees for our 2024 intakes are yet to be confirmed. Once they are, we will update our website to reflect the new 2024 fee amount.

This course is eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

* Important fee information, and hints and tips

Help with fees

Are you Eligible for Free Fees?

There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.

Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQA Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Important dates

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