Students complete the Certificate in Vocational Studies which is structured around a core component (essential work skills) and one of the following streams:
Agriculture and Horticulture
Introduction to Business and Computing
Sport and Outdoor Education
Note: Other streams may be available dependant on numbers. Students have the option of acquiring NZQA Unit Standards throughout the programme to enable them to achieve NCEA levels 1 and 2.
Delivery sites include: Whangarei, Kaikohe, Dargaville, Taupo Bay, Kaitaia and other regional delivery sites throughout the North.
Transport options for students are available in certain areas throughout the north.
Successful graduates will be able to demonstrate:
Necessary life skills (budgeting, health and well-being, team work, time management, self awareness)
Communication based skills
Literacy, computing and numeracy skills necessary to confidently progress to higher level learning or vocational specific or academic study.
Pathways and Further Study
Students studying the NPC Vocational Studies can also complete unit standard credits to achieve NCEA Levels 1 and 2.
Successful completion of the NPC Vocational Studies qualification will enable students to pursue higher level study within their chosen stream, (or other related field) i.e. students who successfully complete the Business and Computing Stream, can progress to National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing Level 3. Students who successfully complete the Construction Stream can move on to: National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).
The Programme Aim
The Certificate in Vocational studies aims to provide students with a combination of:
Students must be 16 or 17 years old
Students have achieved NCEA Level 1 or less
Students must be new to tertiary education and not previously enrolled in a SAC funded course
Selection Criteria and Processes
Interviews for potential students will be held prior to the commencement of the programme. The interview is designed to ascertain the applicant’s background experience, motivation and potential to perform well and succeed in the programme.
How to Apply
For more information or assistance:
To apply online:
Alternatively, you can collect a paper application form from any of our campuses and return it to us via the post at Private Bag 9019, Whangarei or by dropping it off at Enquiries and Enrolments, 55 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangarei.