Financial Skills for Life

Course code FOU103

This course is designed to build your skills and confidence in a number of areas that are required for successful participation in our society. Whānau and communities will benefit from people with the confidence, skills, knowledge, and attributes needed to progress to further and more focused learning, and to participate in their communities.

The main purpose of this course is to provide you with a good understanding of financial literacy and how your own personal finances can affect your life. It will teach you about budgeting and managing money, and how significant life events can impact this. The course will also build on your numeracy skills in the areas of numbers, statistics and measurement.

Specifically, this course will build your skills and confidence in the following areas:

  • Decision making in terms of personal income
  • Budgeting and managing personal finances
  • Problem solving methods and techniques 
  • Problem solving using numbers
  • Interpreting statistics and drawing reasonable conclusions
  • Measurement

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 1  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Print only
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $0 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Make an informed decision relating to personal income and explain its impacts
  • Produce a balanced budget to manage personal finances
  • Use number to solve problems
  • Interpret statistical information for a purpose
  • Use problem solving methods to solve problems
  • Use measurement to solve problems


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course