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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

CertificateFull time – 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code





February, July





Course related costs

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru


This programme of study focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to prepare to progress your learning in a chosen study pathway or career.

In small class groups with tutors who will guide your learning through a range of activities, you'll develop literacy, numeracy and computing skills, gain good study habits and build your confidence. There are two strands to choose from:

  • Career and Education - This strand covers a wide range of topics which build skills and confidence for entering employment or further education opportunities. You will: gain new skills in problem solving, communication, goal setting, well being, budgeting, customer service, health and safety; create a polished CV; and explore your employment opportunities.
  • Community Studies - This strand covers a range of topics leading to work or study in the social services, health and education sectors (e.g. care worker, teacher aide, early childhood educator, support worker). You will: learn about human development from birth through childhood, adulthood and into older age; learn about family and community support and the health, disability, education and employment sectors; develop your communication skills; create a CV; and plan your future work or study pathway.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • Students for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills. If students have no evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, then they may contact Ara for an assessment.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this programme demonstrates an achievement and commitment that enhances your employment options.

Study pathways

Following this programme you can pathway to higher-level foundation or certificate programmes in areas such as health, office administration, tourism and hospitality.