CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years
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Domestic Applications due
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International Applications due
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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.
The programme will introduce you to outdoor education and prepare you for further studies by developing your skills for academic studies.
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
To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
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.
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)
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
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.
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 .
- 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, Pearson 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.
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.
What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.
If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.