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

This course is available


Level of Study



19 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Ara Institute of Canterbury


Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in construction.

This six-month programme is designed to build your skills for long term academic and career success by ensuring the essential layers of learning are in place. It covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for the New Zealand Diploma in Construction with options in construction management or quantity surveying, or the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology.

You will take core courses designed to equip you with fundamental academic and mathematical skills, then a selection of courses specifically required to advance in your chosen pathway.

Career opportunities

This certificate will prepare you for further study by developing your basic and general academic skills before you embark on full time diploma or degree programmes.

Study pathways

The Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3 (Construction Pathway) leads directly to the Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management/Quantity Surveying, or into the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology.

Entry criteria

This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 35 or higher (with a writing score of 14)

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

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

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