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

Are you interested in preparing for further study in nursing? The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation is your start to an exciting future in the healthcare industry.

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

Programme overview

Please note: This programme is pending NZQA approval, however if you register your interest below, we'll be in touch with further updates.

I'm interested!

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

In this programme, you’ll also learn more about the anatomy of the body, psychology, how to calculate drug quantities, and key research skills which will set you ahead of the pack for an exciting healthcare career.


  • Tailored content for Unitec’s Bachelor of Nursing; 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 a Nursing student body – you’ll be learning with other aspiring nurses;
  • A chance to complete a collaborative project in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in nursing;
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, guest speakers, discussions, presentations and online learning;
  • Learn from an experienced and multi-cultural team whose value of partnership and care is reflected in quality teaching, support, and innovative curriculum delivery
  • A chance to take engage with Unitec's marae, a great setting to explore m?tauranga M?ori and the role of culture in communication.

Where to from here?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you can go apply for study in Unitec’s Bachelor of Nursing, where you will be eligible to become a registsred nurse.

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

Admission requirements

These admission requirements are pending NZQA approval.

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 10 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:

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:

Courses and timetables

Coming soon, pending NZQA approval.