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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a focus on Engineering

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Otago Polytechnic


Now you can begin your journey to become an engineering technician no matter what your academic background!

Do you want to prepare for diploma-level study in engineering? Then this bridging programme is the perfect option.

Successful completion will ensure you meet the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical) so you can achieve your goal of becoming an engineering technician.

Our modern equipment and facilities will allow you to gain industry-relevant knowledge through hands-on learning. Many of our staff are experienced industry practitioners which means that you will benefit from their high level of skill and up-to-date expertise.

Skills required: A strong interest in being either a Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Technician; Self-motivation and commitment; A good work ethic.

Your workload: You will be expected to study for (approximately) 40 hours per week. This will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and your own study time. Assessment is continuous throughout the semester. Assignments are issued regularly and there are end of semester exams.

Entry criteria

Open entry

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

New Zealand University Entrance OR

IELTS test: Overall Academic IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PToE (Academic) score of 36; Language Certificate: B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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