Foundation Certificates L1 and L2 - FAQs

This page should answer any questions you have about the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 or Level 2

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Foundation: Age restrictions

  • Are there any age restrictions for these programmes?

    You must be aged 16 years or over

    • If under 16 years,  you  must have a school exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education;
    • or, if enrolled in a secondary school,  you  must have a letter from the school principal approving the course of study and stating that you will not be absent from school to complete this programme;
    • Or, if home schooled,  you must have a letter from a parent who is primarily responsible for  your home schooling, approving the programme of study. You must also have a school exemption certificate to show you are being home schooled even if you are over 16 years of age.

Foundation: Compulsory literacy and numeracy assessment

Foundation: Cost

Foundation: Course completions and examinations

  • Do I have to sit any examinations?

    No you do not have any exams for this qualification. 

  • How long will each course take to complete?

    You have up to 10 weeks to complete each course but you can work at your own pace. Both Level 1 and Level 2 programmes are made up of four courses so you can work at the pace that suits you and fits in with your other commitments. You tutor will keep in regular contact with you along the way.

Foundation: Cross credits and course completions

Foundation: Study support

  • How will I get help if I need it?

    You will be assigned a tutor from Open Polytechnic who will make contact with you after you enrol. Your tutor will schedule regular contact sessions with you to support your learning. 

    Your Student Advisor is available to help answer your questions and our Library & Learning Centre can help you locate any additional resources you might need.