Explore your options

Unitec's range of bridging education programmes are specially designed to fill any education/prerequisite gaps to move you into higher level study, whatever your career pathway.
These programmes will give you the knowledge you need to progress into higher education or into a job. Each programme has been put together with employment pathways in mind, so you can be sure the skills you learn are relevant.

We specialise in preparing you for your chosen career, so you can choose the strand that best meets your needs. We specialise in: 

Bridging Education programmes are structured so that you share classes with people with similar study and career goals to you. Your tutors will support you to develop the academic skills, confidence and technical knowledge you need to return to education and improve your career opportunities.

To ensure we offer you the correct Bridging programme and the most relevant courses, you will be invited to attend a Skills Review session before you enrol. This session will check your current reading, writing and maths skills and give you the opportunity to talk to our friendly academic staff about your career plans and 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.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animal)3Full-time for 16 weeks. Part-time over one year. Distance learning for six months.Animal minder in a range of animal facilities, Boarding kennel or cattery attendant, Pet shop assistant, Wildlife rehabilitation aide, Facility assistant for SPCA, Pet supply sales representative, Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February (part-time), April (distance learning), July (full-time), or September (distance learning)
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Acting and Technical Production4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.Entry into further study toward a career in art and design in creative industries.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industriesFebruary or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Business and Communication4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.Entry into further study toward a career in media, communication, or business.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Music4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.Entry into further study in music or related subjects, and career opportunities in the creative industries.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Screen Arts4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study toward a career in the media or performing and screen arts.February or July