Certificate in Pasifika Foundation Studies Certificate in Pasifika Foundation Studies

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CertificateFull time - 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



No fee, $124.00 levy




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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street


In our supportive fanau community you will learn about the rich diversity of traditions and creative arts that are at the heart of all Pacific Island cultures.

Our six month foundation programme with a Pasifika studies focus that is designed for those who want to take the first step in further areas of tertiary study.

You will learn about Pasifika language, customs, art and design, while developing skills for further tertiary study. Alternatively, you may study an elective of your choice instead of art and design such as computing skills, maths and hospitality.

Prior to beginning this qualification we invite you to meet with a staff member to discuss all aspects of your studies and talk through any issues that might limit the successful completion of your programme. You will also complete a written assessment to ensure this programme is suitable for your level.

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, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

After completing this certificate you will have a greater understanding of Pacific Island cultures and find this qualification of use in health and education, social and economic development agencies, or working with arts, media and tourism organisations.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you can progress to the second semester of Te Ata Hou, the Certificate in Maori Studies, provided you have foundation te reo ability at level 3.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics