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

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

Level of Study: 

The programmes aims are listed below they are designed to meet the qualification outcomes and graduate profile.  The aims of the programme are to: 

  • prepare tauira for tertiary study at undergraduate level and beyond
  • introduction to their chosen career
  • develop and enhance practical study skills for tertiary study
  • develop skills that support tauira to be successful when entering undergraduate study
  • increase literacy and numeracy levels to the expected levels for chosen career and/or field of study
  • develop an inquiring mind
  • expose tauira to a range of information sources 
  • begin to develop research knowledge and skills 
  • understand the importance and acknowledge the source of knowledge 
  • raise tauira awareness of the expectations and rigour of tertiary study
  • develop a culture of learning 
  • promote personal and professional development and conduct
  • increase self-esteem and confidence  
  • knowledge and skills in negotiation and conflict resolutions strategies
  • introduce tauira to Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori
20 Weeks
Tāmaki Makaurau, Whakatāne
Start Date: 
Finish Date: 
Applications Close: 
Intake Details :

In-class delivery 4 days a week 9am - 3pm

Delivery Mode:
Mixed Mode
Total Fee for 2019:

N.B. For more information regarding fees, please see our fees page.


Entry is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

Minimum Age: 
16 years
Minimum Qualification/s: 

Open entry

Additional Qualifications:

 In addition to meeting admission requirements, entry is open to applicants and who may have

  • completed a level 3 Certificate at 60 credits or more or
  • met the English Proficiency Outcomes as stated below in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 if ones first language is not English or who come from a country where the language of instruction is not English and are enrolling as a permanent or an international student:

English Proficiency Outcomes Certificate at level 4

IELTS test General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)

University of Cambridge ESOL examinations FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill. 

NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) PToE (Academic) score of 42

City & Guilds IESOLB2 Communicator with a score of 42



Special Entry Requirements:

It is expected that:

  • Applicants have a desire to pursue a specific career or further study in a particular area,   
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if one lives at some distance from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi campuses, or complete a telephone interview.
Further Study:

Internal Pathways

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori (Nursing)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Humanities
  • Bachelor of Mātauranga  Māori
  • Bachelor of Performing Arts 


External Pathways 

  • Te Pōkairua Tikanga (Waka, Rongoā, Te Ara Nunumi, Mātauranga Māori, Māori Development, Rangahau)  - New Zealand Diploma in Tikanga (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Business (Māori Business and Management) (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora (Level 5)
  • Te Pou Tautoko i te Ora  - Social Services (Level 5)
  • other level 5 programmes at other tertiary organisations
Career Opportunities:
Education – Teaching, Environment, Government Departments, Māori Performing Arts, Mātauranga Māori, Nursing
Course Code: CCP401
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Rangatiratanga – Advanced Tertiary Study, Career and Computer Skills

This course teaches students to construct a well-reasoned evidence based argument within their chosen field of study and career.

Students will gain the skills of strategies and techniques to resolve conflict situations.  

Students will also develop a study and career plan.

Course Code: CCP402
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Te Reo me ōna Tikanga

Students will learn to locate, select and analyse whakataukī that describes whanaungatanga between, whānau, hapū, iwi, and  whakataukī that apply to social events within the community, on the marae or for a career and/or field of study. 

Students will learn about  three Atua Māori and analyse their roles and relationship to time, weather and the seasons of the year.

Students will gain a te reo Māori vocabulary and sentence structures used to describe people.

Course Code: CCP403
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Pūkengatanga – Science and Mathematics for an identified context

This course introduces students to broad operational and theoretical knowledge in science and mathematics necessary for their career and field of study. Studets will also learn effective communication skills for science and mathematics relevant to an identified context.

Course Code: CCP404
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Kaitiakitanga - Māori Models of Practice, History and Legislation for an identified context

Students will be introduced to a range of Māori models of practice and the relevant legislation for their career and field of study. Students will also learn to clearly communicate appropriate information sources to solve a problem for a career and/or field of study. They will also learn to construct a reasoned and researched argument and communicate using a range of appropriate media.

Course Code: CCP405
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Manaakitanga – Major Project for an identified context

Students will extend their skills by conducting a major project which includes the problem solving, the ability to work independently and collaboratively and applying analytical and critical skills. Students will develop their own long-term career plan.

Course Code: CCP406
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Knowledge Systems and Practices for an identified context

Students will learn to construct a well-reasoned and evidence-based argument which applies subject-specific knowledge to solve problems.