Certificate in Sāmoan Language (Gagana Sāmoa).xml Certificate in Sāmoan Language (Gagana Sāmoa)

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Certificate in Samoan Language

Training SchemePart-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street


Increase your understanding of Samoan language and culture for everyday social, community and work situations.

This programme has been designed to develop your confidence in using the Samoan language so you can communicate with elders, use the language in the home and ensure the next generation of Samoan New Zealanders retain their language and culture. It's equally useful if you wish to increase your understanding of Samoan language and culture for the purpose of communicating effectively in social, community or work situations.

During the course you'll develop language for everyday social interactions and gain an appreciation of the complexities of fa'asāmoa (Samoan culture), as well as Samoan values and world-views. You'll also gain an understanding of the culture and the protocols commonplace in the many rituals and ceremonies that are an integral part of Samoan society.

* Please note: You may be charged a portion of the Compulsory Student Services Fee that supports our services available to students. For full information on the Compulsory Student Services Fee, visit fees and finance.

Career opportunities

After completing this certificate you can apply your increased understanding of Samoan culture in the health, education, social services, arts, media and tourism sectors to enhance relationships with Samoan people and communities.

Study pathways

Upon successful completion of this programme, you'll possess sufficient knowledge of Gagana Sāmoa to further your studies at degree level.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Programme structure

To complete this Training Scheme you are required to complete 30 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
  • NCEA Level 2 including an introductory knowledge of Samoan language.

    OR PASF111 Gagana Sāmoa and PASF115 Gagana Sāmoa 2 or equivalent.

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • 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.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

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.