Subjects and courses

Subjects and courses we offer

You can use the subject list below to look for qualifications in your area of interest, or you can use the search box to find a subject, qualification or course you are interested in.


Agriculture and Horticulture »

From starting out in horticulture to managing an agribusiness, we have a range of agricultural qualifications to build skills and expertise for people working on the land.


Art and Design »

We offer entry level qualifications to the exciting worlds of residential interior design and contemporary web design.


Business »

The dynamic world of business could become a successful world for you with a qualification from Open Polytechnic.


Communication »

If you’re looking to build your communication skills and credentials, check out our communication qualifications. You can also incorporate communications learning in a range of interdisciplinary qualifications.


Construction, Trades and Engineering »

Degrees in engineering and diplomas in architectural technology and quantity surveying are some of the career paths we offer for those who like a hands-on approach.


Education »

From teacher aide in a primary school to designer of e-learning for adults, a wide range of job opportunities awaits you as a graduate of one of our education courses. We specialise in ECE and graduate qualifications in primary science teaching.


Environment »

Our environment programmes give you the understanding to recognise problems and identify solutions


Humanities and Social Sciences »

Are you a critical thinker? That’s just one of the skills you will develop as a graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree with a humanities or social science major. Our qualifications offer contemporary and vibrant paths of study within these two disciplines.


Information and Communication Technology »

Gain the practical knowledge and skills you need to use technology to its full potential with an IT qualification from Open Polytechnic. You can study a range of certificates through to our Bachelor of Information Technology.


Law and Legal »

Qualify as a legal executive with Open Polytechnic's legal qualification and take your skills into a law office or banking, property, insurance, finance, or government work.


Library and Information Studies »

Communication skills and information literacy are key skills for the 21st century. Our programmes on information, library, and records management focus on the New Zealand environment to give you these skills.


Mathematics »

Our Certificate in Mathematics is an introduction to mathematics that will prepare you for higher study.


Personal and Professional Development »

Do you want to learn a skill or update your knowledge without getting a formal qualification? In our Certificate of Proficiency you can develop your own study plan in an area that interests you. We also offer a qualification in Health and Safety.


Pharmacy »

Written by pharmacists, our certificates are practically tailored for assistants and technicians working in New Zealand pharmacies.


Psychology and Health »

Human behaviour, mental health, fitness studies, sterilising technology, social work – we have courses will set you up for a range of careers in the fields of health and psychology.


Quality Assurance »

Are you seeking a practical understanding of quality management principles? You’ve come to the right place. Our Certificate in Quality Assurance will give you useful tools and theories to apply in your workplace.


Real Estate »

Whether starting out as a real estate salesperson, or moving up to branch manager or agent, our real estate courses will give you the training and qualification you need to succeed.


Social Work »

Study with us to improve people’s lives. Our Bachelor of Social Work is an online course that will give you a clear understanding of how social systems work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how you can influence those systems.


Work and Study Skills »

Tertiary study requires good literacy and study skills, and sound learning strategies. If you need a helping hand to set you up for tertiary study, we can help.