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Study and Career Preparation - Support Work and Social Work Pathway, Level 3

International Close Date: 8 February

Gain the academic skills and entry required for higher level study in support work and then social work

This six month course is designed to build your skills for long term academic and career success by ensuring the essential layers of learning are in place. Support Work / Social Work Pathway covers skills for academic study as a compulsory course and then three other courses are chosen. These courses include te reo, Introduction to the Human Body, Introduction to Nutrition, Fitness Training and Coaching Practice or Making Sense of Calculations.

You will take core courses designed to equip you with fundamental academic skills to take you to level 4. There is no work placement component at this level.

This programme is a gateway to NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing and then on to the Bachelor of Social Work if all requirements are met. If the destination is another bachelor degree, students may want to complete the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$3,491 - $3,921 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.0 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This certificate will prepare you for further study by developing your basic and general academic skills before you embark on full time certificate, diploma or degree programmes

Study pathways

The Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3 (Support Work and Social Work Pathway) leads directly to the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing.

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Support Work and Social Work)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Gain the academic skills and entry required for higher level study in support work and then social work

Type Certificate
Code NZ2863
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 8 February
Credits 60
Level 3
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2863-SWSP

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$3,491 - $3,921 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme. You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid vaccination status to apply for or to study this programme but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated for Covid before allowing you to complete work at their organisation. The number of organisations at which your workplace can be completed may be impacted, depending on your vaccination status.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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