New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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Our Fees Free offer applies to domestic full-time students who are starting a programme of study in July 2020 and are not eligible for the Government Fees Free scheme.  Zero Fees applies to programme fees only and excludes any additional expenses, such as text books etc. 

What does ‘Fees-free’ cover?

  • tuition fees

  • compulsory course costs, and

  • compulsory student services fees

There may be some other fees that are not part of ‘fees-free’; such as some course materials or optional costs which students will still need to pay.

About the programme

This bridging programme is ideal for developing the skills, capabilities, knowledge and attributes needed to succeed within your chosen field of study or career pathway.

What will you learn?

You will learn key skills and techniques in reading, writing, speaking, technology and problem-solving. You will also develop research and presentation skills. You will explore possible educational and career pathways available.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Identify and apply knowledge obtained from a variety of specialised sources.

  • Manage own learning and work effectively as an individual and as a team-member to achieve relevant goals.

  • Solve problems and communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media.

  • Evaluate opportunities and develop plans for study and career pathways.

Courses in this programme

Whangarei & Kerikeri – Courses Level Credits
3509.3001 - Skills for Academic Study 3 15
3509.3003 - Making Sense of Calculations 2 15
3509.3004 - Career and Study Skills 3 15
3509.3007 - Introduction to Nutrition 3 15
Kaitaia – Courses Level Credits
3509.3001 - Skills for Academic Study 3 15
3509.3003 - Making Sense of Calculations 2 15
3509.3004 - Career and Study Skills 3 15
3509.3010 - Work Placement 3 15

These will help you develop:

  • a range of study skills

  • basic numeracy skills

  • written and oral communication skills in a variety of contexts

  • an ability to manage data using a personal computer

  • an ability to present information using information technology

Workload & Schedule

This programme runs 4 days a week. Times and days vary depending on the location, and are subject to change.

Indicative timetable is 9.00am-2.45pm. 

Entry requirements 

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

International students or those for whom English is not a first language must attain an IELTS score of at least 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0; or an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English proficiency test.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

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

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Full time


1 Semester

Start Dates

Kaitaia: July

Kerikeri: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $779.98
Fees Free

International: $9,200.00

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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