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Study and Career Preparation - Applied Science, Level 4

International Close Date: Received all year

Prepare for higher level study in health and science.

This programme is a pathway for the Bachelor of Applied Science's specialisation in Sport and Exercise Science. It covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for higher level study in health and science, including human and microbial biology, cell biology and chemistry, maths and skills for academic study. All courses within this programme are available in Christchurch, Timaru and online.

Successful completion of this qualification does not guarantee entry to the pathway programme of study. Entry requirements for these programmes still apply. Can be studied part-time up to 2 years.

Please note: In order to ensure you have the best chance of success in our maths courses, we require that you demonstrate a minimum level of maths knowledge before enrolling. This can be done using previous academic records (e.g. NCEA results) or through our entry testing process.

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Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$3,350 - $3,750 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$160 per year
International costs
$10,595 per year
International Levy
$261.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

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)

  • Please note that statistics and probability do not count towards this mathematics credits requirement.

OR 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.

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 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.
  • 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.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

The certificate will introduce you to health and science and prepare you for further study by developing your skills for academic study.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Applied Science Pathway)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Prepare for higher level study in health and science.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2860
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Received all year
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2860-APPS

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$3,350 - $3,750 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$160 per year
International costs
$10,595 per year
International Levy
$261.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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