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

Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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About the programme

This programme is designed to help you develop the skills to pathway to diploma and degree programmes including the Bachelor of NursingBachelor of Applied Social Work and other degrees. 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.

What will I learn?

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.

Courses in this programme

Pathway for Nursing and Health Level Credits
4895.4001 - Skills for Academic Study L4 4 15
4895.3004 - Mastering Calculations 3 15
4895.4006 - Essentials of Human Body and Microbial Science 4 15
4895.4007 - Essentials of Cell Biology and Chemistry 4 15
Pathway for Social Services – Whangārei only Level Credits
4895.4001 - Skills for Academic Study L4 4 15
4895.4008 - Health and Interpersonal Relationships in Aotearoa/New Zealand 4 15
4895.4012 - English for Tertiary Study 4 15
4886.0002 - Context, Community and Safety 4 15

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 and IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

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

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Full time


1 semester

Start Dates

Kaitaia: February

Kerikeri: July

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $778.22

Student levy may apply

International: $9,200.00

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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