Tai Poutini Polytechnic can help you reach your career goals by getting you ready for study and higher training.
Whether you’re about to leave school for tertiary study, or you’re looking to get back into learning after a few years on-the-job, Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills will get you ready to make top marks!
With the support of encouraging tutors, you’ll learn the skills you need to succeed in your chosen study area. You’ll also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, with tips and suggestions of how to approach tertiary study, organise your time and be prepared for tests and assessments.
You’ll also earn credits that contribute to your NCEA results, so it’s a great choice for students.
The programme covers:
  • Development of reading and writing skills, particularly related to practical purpose and how to overcome potential barriers to your success.
  • Creating your own healthy environment to support you and get you ready study.
  • How to take part in different workplaces and situations that get you ready for work and developing skills that allow you to contribute to the workplace and understand the diversity others bring.
  • Searching and communicating about your area of interest, including getting your CV ready and helping you consider the next steps on your learning journey.

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  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)
  • Location:
    Westport and Greymouth
  • Method of Study:
    Face to face
  • Holiday Duration:
    4 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    16 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    20 weeks
  • Start Date:
    13 February 2023 Westport, 17 July 2023 Greymouth
  • End Date:
    30 June 2023 Westport, 1 December 2023 Greymouth
  • Fees free for level 1 and 2 qualifications

Core Elements

This qualification is made up of four courses. 

Get Started
  • Develop strategies to support and enhance own learning
  • Describe strategies for managing stress
  • Identify support services and resources in the community that may assist with overcoming barriers
  • Investigate career options based on personal interests and attributes and identify the implications for the future
  • Select texts and assess their suitability for identifying strategies to manage stress and enhance learning
Get Sorted
  • Analyse the effect of significant life events on personal financial income and financial literacy strategies to manage these events
  • Describe strategies to contribute to household conservation strategies for saving and sustainability
  • Describe legal implications of living in rented accommodation and ways to prevent or solve problems
  • Recognise differing points of view on and discuss strategies for wellbeing
Get Involved
  • Describe diversity in Aotearoa and its implications and benefits in the community and workplace
  • Identify discrimination and describe its consequences and ways of responding
  • Recognise ways of becoming involved in recreation in the local community and describe the benefits of involvement
  • Describe aspects of lineage/whakapapa, heritage, and cultural identity
Get Going
  • Select and read a variety of texts from different sources that
  • relate to a selected topic of research
  • Search, comprehend, use and communicate information on a
  • selected topic and write a short report to inform an audience
  • Conduct a job search, describe steps in applying for a job and
  • create a targeted CV
  • Describe employment agreements and their minimum statutory provisions

Programme Structure and Workload 

The programme will run over 4 days on campus days and times to be decided.
Delivery of the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) is carried out in a full time, face to face, format over 20 weeks with delivery consisting of four, 15 credit courses with embedded unit standards. 

Further Study Paths

The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) can lead to further study at Level 3 or Level 4 and could also lead to employment opportunities.

Entry Criteria

Learners must:
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5 with no band lower than 5.
  • A minimum of 10 credits in literacy and numeracy at NCEA Level 1, or equivalent.
  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Have their application reviewed by Tai Poutini staff to ensure the programme is suitable for the leaner and that they have a reasonable chance of success.