- Current students
Please note: While this certificate programme is not equivalent to NCEA Level 3, successful completion will allow you to progress to higher-level programmes.
The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) will give you the confidence, knowledge, and skills you need to progress into higher education or a job. Each programme has been put together with employment pathways in mind, so you can be sure the skills you learn are relevant.
Upon successful completion, you can continue your study journey in the following subjects:
- Architecture and architectural technology
- Art and Design
- Construction management and quantity surveying
- Early childhood education
- Engineering (electrical and civil)
- Environmental and animal sciences
- Land surveying
- Nursing and medical imaging
- Screen arts, acting, and technical production
- Social work and community development
- Sport, exercise and recreation
- Trades (automotive, mechanical, carpentry, plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying)
Once you've applied, we'll get in touch to find out what you want to specialise in. This will determine what courses you can choose from.
- Learn in a supportive adult-learning environment: our lecturers are friendly, supportive 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, whānau 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.
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.
Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.
Youth Guarantee Scheme
If you are between 16 and 19 years old and did not achieve NCEA Level 2 at high school, you may be eligible to study for free for one year under the Youth Guarantee Scheme. We have up to 60 places available. To see if you qualify, take a look at the scholarship page here: Youth Guarantee Scheme.
If you don’t meet the academic entry criteria, you will be asked to come to a Skills Review session at our Mt Albert campus as part of your application process. This helps us place you into the best programme for your needs. Sessions are held on various days in the lead up to the start of the semester.
Part 1: You’ll complete a few online assessments, which check your current reading, writing, and maths skills. This isn’t an exam – we don’t expect you to get all the answers right, and you will receive your results immediately.
Part 2: You’ll then be able to talk to our friendly academic staff about the best study option for you, based on your results. You’re welcome to bring along a support person.
For this programme, you will need the following:
- 8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing);
- If you don't have NCEA, we will also accept a relevant qualification at Level 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or above or an equivalent qualification;
- A minimum of 3 years' secondary education;
- Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins.
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
If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.
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. You can book your Skills review session here.
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:
Courses and timetables
For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2021; please check back again soon.
|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.|
|Pathway Project (Art & Design) (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.|
|Pathway Project (Business) (FSTU3903)||15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)||This course is designed to develop students’ ability to apply and communicate knowledge and skills obtained in their other courses to critically respond to pathway-focused projects|
|Pathway Project (Health/Science) (FSTU3904)||15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)||This course is designed to develop students’ ability to apply and communicate knowledge and skills obtained in their other courses to critically respond to pathway-focused projects|
|Pathway Project (Engineering) (FSTU3905)||15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)||This course is designed to develop students’ ability to apply and communicate knowledge and skills obtained in their other courses to critically respond to pathway-focused projects|
|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 Aotearoa (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 (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).|