Certificate in Japanese Certificate in Japanese

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CertificateFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

CH3460

Domestic

$5,900 - $6,600

Starts

February

International

$20,620

Credits

120

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

Level

4

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Content

Further your understanding of Japanese language and culture for employment, travel or advanced study.

Become proficient in spoken Japanese, master the three Japanese alphabets and gain knowledge of Japanese customs and society with our intensive one year certificate.

During your studies, you will learn how to communicate confidently with Japanese speakers in a range of everyday situations. In addition, you will also develop the ability to read and write Japanese to a similar level.

Please note: This certificate is designed for people who have little or no previous knowledge of the Japanese language.

On completion of this programme you will master the reading and writing of hirigana and katakana and 200 kanji (Chinese characters). You will also learn about Japanese society and gain an appreciation of Japanese customs and values.

This is an academic course of study and time and commitment to after class study is essential for success in this programme. The programme leader will be available to discuss the programme with you to ensure it meets your needs.

This programme is intended for those whose first language is not Japanese. The Head of School will, in consultation with the relevant language specialist, determine whether you are a first language speaker.

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme, you will have completed 1,200 hours of Japanese study and this is a sound foundation to build your language skills.

Many graduates of this certificate programme continue studying towards our Diploma in Japanese or the Bachelor of Language (Japanese). Alternatively, you might choose apply your learning, speaking it when you have the opportunity.

Study pathways

Take your language skills to the next level and consider a Bachelor of Language (Japanese).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 120 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
  • NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits).

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    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.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

5.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.