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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Architectural Studies and Construction Pathway) (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



19 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Ara Institute of Canterbury


Prepare for higher-level study in construction and architectural studies.

This pathway is designed to prepare you for either the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Construction, available in construction management and quantity surveying.

It covers a variety of subjects including measurement and algebra, documentation and skills for academic study.

Please note: the majority of courses within this programme are only available in Christchurch.


As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor of Construction with specialisations in construction management or quantity surveying.


The certificate will introduce you to architectural studies or construction management/quantity surveying and prepare you for further study by developing your skills for academic study.

Careers leading from the architectural studies or construction degree qualifications include construction manager, site manager, project manager, contracts supervisor, quantity surveyor, estimator/cost planner and procurement manager or working as a team member in an established architectural practice.

You may also choose to continue your studies to become a registered architect.

Entry criteria

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)

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

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.

English language requirements (Programme with exceptions to the minimum English Language Proficiency):

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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