Programme overview

The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) is a one-semester programme designed to get you ready to succeed at higher level study, and to provide a pathway into other certificate or diploma programmes.

This means you'll study topics that prepare you for your chosen career - we specialise in various areas including: 

  • Business
  • Nursing, Medical Imaging and Osteopathy
  • Engineering, Construction management and Quantity Surveying
  • Community and Social Development (including Counselling, Social Work and Youth Work)
  • Architecture and Architectural Technology
  • Visual Arts and Design
  • Early Childhood Teaching and Primary School Teaching
  • IT and Computing
  • Vet Nursing and Animal Care
  • Police and Armed Forces
  • Sport

Once you've applied we'll get in touch to find out what you want to specialise in, which will determine what courses you can choose from. 

Highlights

  • Learn in a supportive adult-learning environment: our lecturers are friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Develop the study skills, background knowledge and confidence to succeed in your future studies and in the workplace. 
  • A mix of group and individual work, seminars, debates, whanau hui, oral and written exercises, and self-­directed learning.
  • When you successfully complete this programme you will be able to apply to enter other Certificate and Diploma programmes.
  • Completing this certificate with a B- grade average guarantees you entry onto the Certificate of University Preparation (this qualification is the equivalent of University Entrance and prepares you to apply for a degree at any university, institute of technology or polytechnic in New Zealand).

To complete the Certificate you need to pass four courses, totalling 60 credits. 45 of these credits must be at level 3. Each course is worth 15 credits.

Youth Guarantee Scheme

If you are between 16­ and 19 years old we have up to 60 FREE places available. To see if you qualify take a look at the Youth Guarantee Scheme.

Admission requirements

Start here if you don’t have the necessary secondary school qualifications to enter the programme you want to study. Whatever your educational background, we are here to support you on your learning journey. 

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
2. A minimum of 3 years secondary education
3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

You may be asked to come to a Skills Review session at our Mt Albert campus. During this session we will check your current reading, writing and maths skills and will give you the opportunity to talk to our friendly academic staff about your job plans and you can find out more about what Unitec can offer you. 

For advice about your career and study options contact one of our friendly Advisors at our Careers Centre.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Foundation Maths (FSTU2910) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course is designed to meet the student at their current math level and develop confidence and understanding in the use and communication of mathematics in a variety of contexts. This includes everyday tasks and workplace contexts. It will establish and extend their foundational concepts of number and measurement needed for further learning.
CoursesCreditsAim
Pathway Project (FSTU3902) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will enable students to apply and communicate knowledge and skills obtained in their other courses to critically respond to pathway focussed projects formulated from case studies.
Maths with Numeracy (FSTU3910) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course is designed to develop students’ confidence in thinking mathematically and to communicate mathematical principles in order to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including those of everyday life and the workplace, using a calculator where appropriate.
Science Maths (FSTU3911) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course aims to extend students’ confidence and understanding of Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus, using the mathematical skills learnt to solve complex problems in a variety of applied contexts relevant to students’ destination pathways.
Introduction to Algebra (FSTU3912) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop students’ understanding of applying algebraic skills and algebraic thinking in a variety of representations and for them to become confident applying algebraic skills in several contexts relevant to pathway.
Nursing Maths (FSTU3913) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course is designed to extend students’ confidence and understanding of mathematics used in nursing contexts and to use mathematical thinking without a calculator in the solving and communication of contextualised problems.
Maths Algebra (FSTU3914) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course aims to develop students’ understanding of algebraic and trigonometric representations and thinking as a preparation for the levels of mathematics required by the destination pathway.
Bioscience (FSTU3921) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop students’ knowledge of biological processes and concepts, and their interaction with each other and the environment.
Physics (FSTU3922) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces students to key concepts from Physics and teaches them how to solve real-world problems and how to communicate using discipline-specific language
Cultures in Aoteoroa (FSTU3924) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will assist students in developing understandings of biculturalism and cross-culturalism in Aotearoa and enable them to develop effective ways of communicating this knowledge.
Introduction to Business (FSTU3925) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will introduce students to basic business processes and practices, develop effective communication skills relevant to a business setting and prepare students for future study
Identity & Communication (FSTU3926) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will develop a confident learner identity and the skills necessary for further academic study in their chosen pathway.
Sociology (FSTU3927) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will gain an understanding of the impact of societal structures and how individuals and communities respond to them.
Psychology (FSTU3928) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will enable students to identify, apply and communicate psychological concepts and skills and critically respond in pathway-focussed projects.
Children’s Literature (FSTU3930) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will enable students to explore a wide variety of texts and respond to them in critical and creative ways.
Art & Design 2D (FSTU3931) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will develop 2 Dimensional Art & Design skills and techniques necessary for further study within a creative pathway.
Art & Design 3D (FSTU3932) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will develop 3 Dimensional Art & Design skills and techniques necessary for further study within a creative pathway.
Toi Maori - Tahi (MAOR3991) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will broaden their knowledge of Toi Maori (Maori Art) through the mediums of Whakairo (Carving), Raranga (Weaving), Ta Moko (Tattooing), and Kowhaiwhai (Painted scrolls).
Toi Maori - Tahi (MAOR3999) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will broaden their knowledge of Toi Maori (Maori Art) through the mediums of Whakairo (Carving), Raranga (Weaving), Ta Moko (Tattooing), and Kowhaiwhai (Painted scrolls).
CoursesCreditsAim
Digital World (COMM4435) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of how contemporary media forms and practices influence communication.