NZ2861 NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1) FAQs

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NZ2861 Enrolling

  • How much will it cost?

    The programme is fee  free to eligible students (see eligibility details under the Fee Free tab on the qualification page)

  • I am home schooled. What do I need to do?

    If you are  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.

  • I am enrolled in secondary school. What do I need to do?

    If you are 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.

  • What age do I have to be?

    You must be aged 16 years or over. If you are under 16 you must have a school exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education

NZ2861 Course information

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NZ2861 Assessments

  • Will I need to do Literacy and Numeracy Assessments?

    If you have reached Step 4 Literacy or Step 5 Numeracy no, you do not need to do an assessment.

    When you have finished the assessment you can see a visual report with your results. There is no pass or fail for the assessment.

  • Why do I need to complete a compulsory literacy and numeracy assessment?

    The Compulsory Literacy Assessment is a mandatory requirement from the Tertiary Education Commission for all Level 1 to 2 qualifications. If this your first time studying with Open Polytechnic, and you are studying a Level 1-2 course, you will need to complete a compulsory literacy assessment at the start and end of your study time. When your enrolment is received you will receive an email with your password and a link to the assessment. Your enrolment will be finalised once the assessment has been completed.  A second assessment will be emailed to you at the end of your study time.

  • Do I have to sit any examinations?

    No, all the assessments are embedded in the course materials. There are no external examinations.

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