New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1)

Qualification code NZ2861

This is an ideal programme if you would like to get a head start and gain 60 NCEA Level  1 and 2 credits, including the  compulsory literacy and numeracy credits that will assist towards completing NCEA Level  1.

This programme will give you confidence in learning and help build basic skills and knowledge, including literacy and numeracy, in a range of simple and familiar contexts.

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  • Level 1  
    Credits 60 
  • Workload

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

  • Study type Open  
  • 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.

Fee free offer

The enrolment fees and annual administration fee for this qualification are currently fee free for domestic students living in New Zealand. For information about how to enrol in the fee free offer, check out the Choose courses tab below.

Please also read the terms and conditions in the Fee Free Offer Tab. Please disregard the $60 annual administration fee that is showing, this will not be charged.

Computer and online access

You will study via paper based materials sent to you by courier. You will be supported by a tutor who will maintain regular contact with you.

You will not need access to a computer to complete this qualification

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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