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Study Bridging Education at Unitec

Foundation and Bridging Education

Are you keen to start your tertiary education but didn’t complete high school, or haven’t gained enough credits for University Entrance? If you need extra academic assistance, confidence or skills to begin your tertiary studies, our Foundation and Bridging Education programmes can help you get there.

Explore your options

Unitec's range of Foundation and 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: 

Foundation and 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 Foundation and Bridging Education programme and the most relevant courses, you may be invited to attend a Skills Review session before you enrol. This session will check your current reading, writing, and math 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.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Applied Science 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for study toward a career in ecology, conservation, and biodiversity management February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Architecture 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available. This programme prepares you for study toward a career in architecture and architectural technology February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design 4 Full-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 industries February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Business and Communication 4 Full-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) - Construction 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in construction Programme no longer open for applications
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Engineering 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for study toward a career in engineering Programme no longer open for applications
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Health 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for study toward a career in nursing February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Screen Arts, Acting and Technical Production 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study toward a career in the media or performing and screen arts. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Social Work 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for study toward a career in social work and community development February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Sport, Recreation and Exercise 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for study toward a career in exercise, sport coaching, and community sport and recreation February or July