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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Business and Communication

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in Accounting, Business Management, Marketing and Digital Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Operations Management. It's also perfect for people already in employment who want to improve their professional presentation, business communication, and digital skills.


  • Emphasis on practical skills and project-based learning: you could be designing an advertising campaign; managing accounts for a simulated business; creating promotional material such as brochures, print ads or posters.
  • Learn from Lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you.
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, critique sessions, student seminars, discussions, presentations and online learning.
  • An opportunity to learn about Maori culture and business principles from Maori lecturers and guest speakers.

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.


Entry into further study toward a career in media, communication, or business.

This course is also available in School of Applied Business.

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

A minimum of 4 years’ secondary education;
Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts;
A minimum total of 40 NCEA credits at level 2 in four subjects, including:

A minimum of 12 English credits at level 1 or higher;
University Entrance numeracy (or equivalent);

If you haven't met the above NCEA requirements, you'll need one of the following:

A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or;
The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3);
After you have submitted your application to study at Unitec, you may be asked to attend a skills review session to assess your literacy and numeracy levels. This helps us to enrol you in the best programme and courses for your career pathway.

English requirements

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 (Applied).

  • IELTS - An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL (pBT): Score of 530 (essay 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT): Score of 46 (writing 20)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade C OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 47 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language
  • Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 42
  • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 42

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