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

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Step up to a higher level

This programme is designed to help you develop the skills to pathway to diploma and degree programmes. You’ll be encouraged and challenged to take your academic learning and thinking to a higher level, and become an independent, enquiring and strategic learner. This qualification has multiple pathways available:

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply to context-relevant tasks and problems

  • work independently and collaboratively on context-relevant academic tasks and problems

  • construct a reasoned and researched argument, communicated using a range of appropriate media

  • develop and critique a study and career plan that identifies specific long-term career goals.

Admission information 

All applicants must meet ONE of the following:

  • Have achieved 40 credits NCEA Level 2, including 10 Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Level 1 Mathematic credits; or

  • Have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3); or

  • Be able to demonstrate skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) that have been acquired through study, work and/or life experience.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Courses in this programme

Pathway for Applied Science, Conservation and Environment Level Credits
4895.4001 - Skills for Academic Study L4 4 15
4895.3004 - Mastering Calculations 3 15
4895.4016 - Introduction to Ecology 4 15
4895.4007 - Essentials of Cell Biology and Chemistry 4 15

Qualification gained

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

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time/Part time


1 semester full time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $797.33

Student levy may apply

International: $9,200.00

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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