New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Applied Management Pathway).xml New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Business and ICT Pathway)

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Short courses - organisation and management

CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

NZ2860

Domestic

$3,000 - $3,700

Starts

February, July

International

$9,985

Credits

60

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

Level

4

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Content

Prepare for higher-level studies in business or IT.

This programme covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for higher-level study in health, applied science, engineering technology or business. You'll take core courses designed to equip you with fundamental academic skills, then a selection of courses specifically required for your chosen pathway. You can undertake a combination of on-site and online courses to complete the programme. All courses are available in Christchurch, Timaru and online, with the following exceptions:

  • Maths for the medical imaging pathway is only available in Christchurch or online
  • Maths and physics for the engineering pathway are only available in Christchurch
  • Some business courses are only available in Christchurch (contact the department for further details)
  • English for Tertiary Study (CSCP410) is only available in Christchurch
  • Skills for Academic Study Level 3 (CSCP300) is only available in Christchurch

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 2, including 10 Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Level 1 Mathematic credits (with a strength in Algebra for the Engineering Pathway and Numeracy for other pathways)

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

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    While entry to this programme requires an IELTS level of 5.5 Academic, entry to some of the Ara degrees requires a score of 6.5 or 7.0 Academic.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for further study by developing your general academic skills.

Study pathways

The Certificate in Study and Career Preparation leads directly to several Ara diplomas and degrees such as the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Applied Science (three specialisations), Bachelor of Medical Imaging, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or the Bachelor of Applied Management (14 specialisations).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths