New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) - Social Services Pathway

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Fees-free is available for eligible first-time tertiary learners. Find out if you’re eligible at

Ready to take the first step towards a new career?

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?

As well as developing excellent study skills, you will learn key 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.

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.

Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
3001 - Skills for Academic Study L3 3 15
3004 - Career and Study Skills 3 15
3010 - Work Placement 3 15
4015 - Health and Interpersonal Relationships in Aotearoa/New Zealand 4 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

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

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


1 Semester

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $801.40

Student levy may apply

International: $9,200.00

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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