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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Applied Science

Are you interested in preparing for further study in applied science? The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation is your start to an exciting future in biodiversity management. 

Level
4
Credits
60 (0.5 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available

Programme overview

This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher level study in conservation and biodiversity management. You’ll learn the relevant literacy, numeracy and scientific skills you will need to excel in your dream career.  

As our human footprint increasingly makes its mark on the planet, conservation experts are in demand. In this programme, you’ll also get to explore how ecosystems function, and become a leader in the biosecurity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Highlights

  • Tailored content for the Bachelor of Applied Science; this means the content is highly relevant to the Unitec programme in which you want to enter;
  • In this programme you’ll already be a part of an applied science student body – you’ll be learning with other aspiring environmental scientists;
  • Learn from lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you;
  • A chance to complete a collaborative project in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in biodiversity management;
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, critique sessions, guest speakers, discussions, presentations and online learning;
  • A chance to take engage with Unitec's marae, a great setting to explore mātauranga Māori and the role of culture in communication.

Where to from here?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you can go apply for study in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme. 

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A minimum of 4 years’ secondary education;
  2. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts;
  3. A minimum total of 40 NCEA credits at level 2 in four subjects, including:
    • A minimum of 12 English credits at level 1 or higher;
    • A minimum of 12 Science credits at Level 1 or higher;  
    • University Entrance numeracy (or equivalent);
  4. If you haven't met the above NCEA requirements, you'll need one of the following:

English requirements for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need one of the following:

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, or try our New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3).​​

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.

Courses Credits Aim
Identity and Communication (BPED4001) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces pathway-related concepts and develops pathway-related academic skills in order to prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway.
Collaborative Project (BPED4002) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway by providing creative project experience in both individual and collaborative contexts.
Bioscience 4 (BPED4004) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course aims to develop students theoretical and practical knowledge of fundamental biological concepts as well as to improve vocabulary, problem solving, and use of scientific processes needed for further academic study.
Applied Maths (BPED4006) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces pathway-related concepts and develops pathway-related academic skills in order to prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway.