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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Unitec Institute of Technology


The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) will give you the confidence, knowledge, and skills you need to progress into higher education or a job. Each programme has been put together with employment pathways in mind, so you can be sure the skills you learn are relevant.

Upon successful completion, you can continue your study journey in the following subjects:

  • Architecture and architectural technology
  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Construction management and quantity surveying
  • Early childhood education
  • Engineering (electrical and civil)
  • Environmental and animal sciences
  • Land surveying
  • Nursing and medical imaging
  • Screen arts, acting, and technical production
  • Social work and community development
  • Sport, exercise and recreation
  • Trades (automotive, mechanical, carpentry, plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying)

Once you've applied, we'll get in touch to find out what you want to specialise in. This will determine what courses you can choose from.


  • Learn in a supportive adult-learning environment: our lecturers are friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable.
  • Develop the study skills, background knowledge, and confidence to succeed in your future studies and in the workplace.
  • A mix of group and individual work, seminars, debates, whanau hui, oral and written exercises, and self-­directed learning.
  • When you successfully complete this programme, you will be able to apply to enter other Certificate and Diploma programmes.

To complete the Certificate you need to pass four courses, totalling 60 credits. 45 of these credits must be at level 3. Each course is worth 15 credits.

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 at certificate or diploma level.

This course is also available in School of Creative Industries

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing);

If you don't have NCEA, we will also accept a relevant qualification at Level 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or above or an equivalent qualification;

A minimum of 3 years' secondary education;
Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins.

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14). PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 3 (General). Language Cert - B1 Achiever International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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