New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Applied Management Pathway).xml New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Business and ICT Pathway)

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Short courses - organisation and management

CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,000 - $3,700


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street


Prepare for higher-level studies in business or IT.

This programme covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for higher-level study in health, applied science, engineering technology or business. You'll take core courses designed to equip you with fundamental academic skills, then a selection of courses specifically required for your chosen pathway. You can undertake a combination of on-site and online courses to complete the programme. All courses are available in Christchurch, Timaru and online, with the following exceptions:

  • Maths for the medical imaging pathway is only available in Christchurch or online
  • Maths and physics for the engineering pathway are only available in Christchurch
  • Some business courses are only available in Christchurch (contact the department for further details)
  • English for Tertiary Study (CSCP410) is only available in Christchurch
  • Skills for Academic Study Level 3 (CSCP300) is only available in Christchurch

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.

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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 2, including 10 Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Level 1 Mathematic credits (with a strength in Algebra for the Engineering Pathway and Numeracy for other pathways)


    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. 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.

    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.

    While entry to this programme requires an IELTS level of 5.5 Academic, entry to some of the Ara degrees requires a score of 6.5 or 7.0 Academic.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for further study by developing your general academic skills.

Study pathways

The Certificate in Study and Career Preparation leads directly to several Ara diplomas and degrees such as the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Applied Science (three specialisations), Bachelor of Medical Imaging, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or the Bachelor of Applied Management (14 specialisations).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths