Build the skills and confidence you need to move onto further study so you can start a career in nursing, midwifery, social work, nutrition, physical fitness, health support work, massage and beauty therapy or working with animals with TPP’s NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills that will help you on your way to further study in the health and applied sciences sector. With full and part-time study options available, you’ll be able to work your training around your lifestyle and get ahead of the field.

Particularly useful for those who have been out of school for some time, or those lacking the confidence to step straight into higher learning, the programme will get you ready for Level 4 study which helps you gain entry to degree-level study so you can pursue your health career dreams.

  • The programme includes courses that cover:
  • Human structure and function
  • Human biology
  • Measurements and scientific notations
  • Ethics in applied health sciences
  • Teamwork and professional relationships
  • Cultural identities
  • Mental health in applied health sciences
  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time or Part time (including online delivery)
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    17 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    19 weeks
  • Start Date:
    February 2020
  • End Date:
    June 2020
  • $3,181
    Free fees may apply, refer 

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:

Core Elements

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Identify and apply knowledge obtained from a variety of specialised sources relevant for pre-entry to health sciences.
  • Manage their own learning and work effectively as an individual and as a team member to achieve relevant goals.
  • Solve problems and communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media.
  • Evaluate opportunities and develop plans for study and career pathways in in health sciences.

Programme Structure and Workload

The programme runs for 17 weeks with a two week break.

Each week, you’ll attend tutorials for around 20-22 hours, and undertake approximately 16 hours of self-directed learning.

Further Study Paths

  • NZ Cert in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)
  • NZIM Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) (Level 5)
  • NZ Cert in Vet Nursing  Assistant (Level 5)
  • NZ Cert in Animal Technology (Level 5)
  • NZ Cert in Rural Animal Technician (Level 5)
  • NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation
  • Diploma in Social Services

Career Opportunities

This Certificate helps you gain the academic prerequisites that may be required for further study in a wide range of applied health careers, such as:

  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Massage Therapist
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Diversional Therapist
  • Support worker for Aged Care and People with Disabilities
  • Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker

Entry Criteria

All Applicants:

Applicants should demonstrate a likelihood of success in the programme of study. Likelihood of success may be demonstrated through a variety of means, including: relevant work experience (e.g. CV), letter of intent, achievement of NCEA standards in human biology, or an interview

Applicants may be required to attend an interview or if they live at some distance from the campus complete a telephone interview and must produce copies of applicable certificates or evidence of prior achievements before interviews

Applicants under 20 years:

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2.

Applicants over 20 years:

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at level 2 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process

English Language Entry Criteria

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 500 (with an essay score 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 35 (with a writing score of 20)
  • Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 154.  No less than 154 in each skill.  OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • NZCEL – Level 3 with General, Workplace, or Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 36
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B1 Achiever with a score of 43

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

English Language (for international students)

Entry IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent

Special Notes

  • Should you wish to enrol on a degree level programme in the future you will need to have achieved the Certificate in Study and Career Preparation at Level 4. This Level 3 certificate meets the academic prerequisites for study at Level  4 programmes
  • Part time students must complete the Programme within 2 years of first enrolling