New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Performing Arts Pathway).xml New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Performing Arts Pathway)

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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) –Performing Arts pathway

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

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,000 -$3,700







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 study in the performing arts

This programme is a pathway for the Bachelor of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music Arts. It covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for higher level study in the performing arts, including music fundamentals, skills for academic study and options in human biology, fitness training, and maths. 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

To apply for this programme complete

  • An Admission and Enrolment 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
  • Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning

Application documents

Career opportunities

The Certificate will prepare you for further study by developing your skills for academic study and performance skills for audition.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with either the Bachelor of Performing Arts or the Bachelor of Music Arts. Note that entry to these degree programmes is via a selection process which includes an audition.

Recommended school subjects

English, Maths, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Dance.