Programme overview

This programme will equip you with the skills you need for higher-level study and a successful career in the creative industries. The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation - Music will improve your understanding of musical history and styles from New Zealand and beyond, allow you to experiment with new music technologies, and develop core skills to prepare you for your future study or career path. You’ll grow your theoretical knowledge and musicianship skills, and have plenty of opportunity to collaborate with other musicians. You’ll be studying alongside like-minded people who’ll have a range of different musical skills and talents. And you will get to perform live in front of your peers, whānau and the public!

This program replaces the previous programme: Certificate in Music (Introductory) (Level 3). 


  • Numerous opportunities for musical expression and creativity.
  • Learn from Lecturers who are eager to share their experience with you.
  • A mix of classroom sessions, workshops, discussions, presentations, practical music-making sessions, rehearsals and tutorials.
  • Opportunities to develop both individual and collaborative music-making skills.
  • Learn alongside dancers, actors, film-makers and other creative students.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in three different subjects, one subject must be English
  2. A minimum of 4 years secondary education
  3. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  4. You may be required to attend an interview, audition or to a Skills Review session at our Mt Albert campus 
  5. If English is not your first 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 meet these requirements? We also accept:

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

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.

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 Music Performance (BECI4801) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will prepare students for further academic study in music by introducing techniques of performance, composition and improvisation in a collaborative context.
Music Skills and Materials (BECI4802) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will prepare students for further academic study in music by introducing fundamental music theory, music notation, and aural perception skills.