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

Level 3

Learn the skills required for higher level study in business with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Business Pathway).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time

Palmerston North & Whanganui
19 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018 -  30 Nov 2018

19 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$2,939.50Scholarship info

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International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

If you're aspiring to study business or IT at tertiary level, but don't have the entry requirements, consider studying UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Business Pathway). 

The course covers a variety of subjects that will equip you with academic skills for higher-level study in business.

Education pathway

Pathway options include:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification does not guarantee entry to the programmes mentioned. Entry requirements for these programmes still apply.

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Business Pathway) will cover the following:

  • Career and Study Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Numerical Data Skills
  • Career Practices

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy Credits at Level 1) 


Equivalent academic achievement 


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic Level 5.0 with no band lower than 5, (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Business Pathway), and comprises 60 credits.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a commitment of approximately:
  • 180 hours of lecturer supported learning hours
  • 120 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.