NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation [Level 4]

Study Options



19 weeks



Gain the skills and knowledge to enter degree level study with confidence

This qualification will give you an introduction to important skills and ideas, so you’re ready to step up to higher level study, including at degree level. You’ll learn the study and communication skills you need in the context of your field of interest. The courses you choose will get your ready to apply for entry into a range of diploma and degree programmes in the fields of health, including nursing and mental health support, social work and teaching.



February (Hawke’s Bay)
July (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)


You’ll study two compulsory courses:

  • Skills for Successful Tertiary Study
  • Building Communication Competence

If you choose to study part-time you’ll be advised to study these two compulsory courses first before enrolling in the elective courses, where you’ll further develop skills and knowledge in the context of your special interest area.

With this certificate you’ll learn how to:

  • Locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply to tasks and problems in your area of interest
  • Work independently and collaboratively on academic tasks and problems
  • Construct a reasoned and researched argument, communicated using a range of appropriate media
  • Develop and critique a study and career plan that identifies specific long-term career goals

Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or private message us on Facebook for a chat about your study options. You can also visit our Taradale campus at any time to view EIT’s facilities.

Study Opportunities

  • Hauora Pathway: Bachelor of Nursing or another degree or diploma related to health
  • Te Hapāi Hāpori Pathway: Bachelor of Social Work or another degree or diploma related to social work or working within communities
  • Te Hapāi Hāpori Pathway: Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), or another education related degree or diploma

Entry Requirements

  • Achievement of NCEA level 2 OR;
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) OR;
  • Evidence of ability to study at this level. A literacy assessment may be part of the application process.

Applicants must supply a personal statement about their background, reasons for wanting to undertake the programme, and any factors that could impact on their study.

Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of the courses. Student guidance and further details are provided in the application and enrolment information.

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.