NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 3]

Study Options



19 weeks


Level 3

Improve your skills and knowledge for study and work

If you’re interested in working in the social services or education sectors, in roles such as teaching, social work, nursing and many other positions, the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 3] is the ideal stepping-stone. The skills and knowledge you’ll acquire will put you in great stead for entry-level employment or to carry on to further study at Level 4.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)
  • February (Hawke’sBay only)


Throughout the programme you’ll be supported as you enhance communication, literacy and numeracy skills. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge necessary to set you on a path for work or future study with the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 4].

There are two compulsory courses and two elective courses in the programme.  To complete the qualification you are required to complete all four courses.  All courses are at Level 3 and are worth 15 credits each.  Throughout the programme you will be supported in improving your literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Career and Study Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Aotearoa New Zealand Society
  • Introduction to Social Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand


Entry Requirements

Entry Criteria

  • Achievement of NCEA (Level 1) or an equivalent qualification OR
  • Evidence of a level of literacy sufficient to
    i. be able to study at this level AND
    ii. interpret and apply health and safety requirements.

Literacy and numeracy skills are embedded in the programme.

Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of the courses. 

English Language Entry Requirement

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those applicants whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall General or Academic score of at least 5.0 with no less than 5.0 in any band or equivalent.

Entry with Credit

Standard EIT regulations apply. Thirty credits is the maximum that can be transferred into this programme.

Transition Arrangements

Applicants who have partially completed the Certificate in Introduction to Social Services programme between 2014 – 2016 and who wish to have credit from this programme recognised in the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 3] should use the Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.


Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus



EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.