New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Outdoor Education Pathway).xml New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Outdoor Education Pathway)

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Study & Prep L4

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



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year




Prepare for higher-level study in sustainability and outdoor education.

This programme is a pathway for the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education. It covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for higher level study, including oral and written communication, and a range of practical skills including rock climbing, high ropes course, white water and sea kayaking. All courses within this programme are 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 as listed below. 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 5.5 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0 in speaking and reading subtests and 5.5 in the listening and writing subtests) For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    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.


    Successful completion of this qualification does not guarantee entry to the pathway programme of study. Entry requirements for these programmes still apply.

    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

Application documents

Career opportunities

The programme will introduce you to outdoor education and prepare you for further studies by developing your skills for academic studies.

Study pathways

Once you've completed this certificate, you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

Recommended school subjects

  • Health and Physical Education / Outdoor Education
  • Social Studies / Social Geography
  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology