New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)

Qualification code NZ2860

If you are thinking of taking up tertiary study for the first time, or you have been away from study for a while, then the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation is a great place to start. The first course sets you on the pathway to your dream, covering career planning and basic tertiary level study and planning skills.  The second course hones those skills with more in depth tertiary level writing and research skills with a strong emphasis on preparing you for success in your chosen pathway. The third course is an elective from that pathway. You can choose a course from a range of degrees and diploma from three broad categories: The Business Pathway, the Applied Science Pathway and the Social Sciences Pathway.  This means you’re on your way before you have started.


  • Level 4  
    Credits 60 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Mixed  
  • Cost $0 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will have well developed strategies for learning, along with academic writing, referencing, information and digital literacy skills, including introductory knowledge in your chosen subject area.

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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