Course Overview

Do you want to enrol in a diploma or a degree but don't quite meet the entry criteria, or need some learning confidence?

This course is designed to get you ready to succeed at higher level study and provide a pathway into degree and diploma courses like teaching, engineering, social work, business and management, environmental management, sports, surveying or social science.

We'll help you decide on a pathway that best suits your career goals and provide all the support you need to feel confident and ready to take the next step.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)
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 $3,256 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may have enhanced employment opportunities in industries and professions associated with the context of their course.

Topics you'll cover

Compulsory topics in this course:

  • Skills for Successful Tertiary Study
  • Building Communication Competence

Plus 30 credits comprised of the two courses below:

  • Introduction to the Biophysical Basis of Health (recommended for Bachelor of Nursing)
  • Human Development across the Lifespan (recommended for Bachelor of Nursing)

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $3,256 for domestic students

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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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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

A minimum of 40 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects, plus:

  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects or unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required), OR by way of interview with the Programme Manager.

For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.

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.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 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 by NZQA.

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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

Study options

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

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