Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills (Level 4)

Qualification code OP4240

If you have NCEA Level 2 or equivalent and are thinking of taking up tertiary study for the first time, or you have been away from study for a while, the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills is a good place to start. The first course covers techniques and strategies for studying and how to apply them to your own learning. You will learn about study skills, time management, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, plagiarism, essay and report writing skills and studying online.

Fee free offer

The tuition fees for this qualification are currently fee free for New Zealand Domestic students. For information about how to enrol in the fee free offer, check out the Choose courses tab below.

Standard annual administration fee still applies, but is waived for holders of a valid Community Services Card.  Community Services Card holders need to send in a scanned copy of their Community Services Card at time of enrolment.

Please also read the Terms and conditions in the Fee free offer tab. The full programme fee for International students is $4508.

Qualification update

New Students

OP4240 Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills (Level 4) will close to new student enrolments on 23 October 2017.

If you wish to enrol in OP4240 Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills (Level 4) programme, please apply to enrol in Trimester 3 before 23 October 2017.

If you plan to start study in 2018 please fill in our Registration of Interest form and we will contact you when our new qualification is open for enrolment.

If you would like more information please contact us by freephone 0508 650 200 or email us.

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in OP4240 Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills prior to 23 October 2017 you can continue to complete your studies as planned.

Please note, if you are unable to complete your studies within your current enrolment period please contact us by freephone 0508 650 200 or email us and we will discuss your options with you


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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  • Level 4  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $0 NZ Domestic

    *This qualification's tuition fees are currently available fee free  The standard tuition fee for the full programme is $1,460. Administration fee applies.

    Refer to the Fee free offer tab. 

  • 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.

Career opportunities

This qualification provides a pathway into subject areas like business, communication, environment, information & library studies, information technology, psychology, social work and more. You will also be able to apply the skills you learn to future study or jobs.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

TSS444 Tertiary Study Skills and your Level 5 elective course are internally assessed with no examination. Your assessments need to be word processed and submitted online.

Information about assessment

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