New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Qualification code NZ2863

Please note this qualification was previously recognised as OP3333

This online programme is an ideal way to start working towards your study and career goals if you have NCEA Level 1 (or equivalent). You will gain a range of skills to prepare you for higher level certificates, diplomas or degrees. This includes learning how to study online by distance, seek, locate, evaluate and reference information, work effectively with others, set study and career goals, develop your writing skills and develop a variety of academic writing.

Fee free offer

The enrolment fees and annual administration fee for this qualification are currently fee free for New Zealand domestic students and New Zealand citizens living overseas. 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.

To do this course you must have

  • A computer / laptop
  • internet access
  • basic computing skills.

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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New Zealand Certificate in Career and Study Preparation L3 (171 KB PDF)

  • Level 3  
    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.

Important information

You will need to choose 3 courses to complete this qualification with TSS333 Introduction to Tertiary Study Skills and COM301 Writing for a Purpose as your first two consecutive courses and choose 1 elective course from the following:

  • HEL301 Health and Well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • MAT303 Fundamentals of Mathematics 
  • STA301 Introduction to Statistical Investigation
  • SOC301 Living in Aotearoa New Zealand

We will automatically enrol you into your elective when you have completed COM301 Writing for a Purpose.

Computer and online access

This programme is delivered 100% online so you will need to have regular access to a computer or device, a reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan to be able to support your online learning. You will need to stream videos, download content and submit assessments online. Contact us before applying to enrol if you’re unsure about the requirements of the programme.

Certificate of Achievement

We also offer 4 Certificates of Achievement which you can do if you just need 1 course to get the achievement standards you need:

On successfully completing any of these 4 Certificates of Achievement you will gain NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards which contribute towards University Entrance  requirements.

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.

See key enrolment dates

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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