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A range of delivery methods to suit your learning style

We’ve developed a range of delivery methods to suit any learner and pathway options so you can start from any level!

On campus: Via face-to-face teaching, online resources, work placements and student-managed projects.

Online: Fully online programmes mean you don’t need to attend classes on campus, as content can be accessed online. You may have online tutorials at certain times but these can also be recorded to listen to later. Online learning is ideal for learners who are in work and need the flexibility of online study.

Distance: Various formats specific to programmes including block courses (on campus), local work placements, local tutorials and online learning.

Work-based: Where problems or needs of your workplace become the focus of your research and learning – available in specific postgraduate programmes. 

Full-time: Requiring a time commitment of approximately 40 hours per week, similar to full-time work.

Part-time: Many of our full-time programmes can be completed part-time over a slightly longer duration, so you can fit your study around other commitments.


Finding your study pathway

No matter what your situation or background, we can help you to meet your study goals. We offer a wide range of learning options and services to support you in your learner journey. 

Still in school?
Check out our youth options including the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College.

16-19 years old?
Study through the Youth Guarantee scheme and pay no fees (conditions apply).

Need a solid foundation to build from?
Want a taste of tertiary study, to improve your numeracy and literacy skills or develop specific knowledge to move into a higher level qualification, we have the perfect foundation studies option for you.

Kickstart to employment
This is the perfect programme if you want to make yourself more employable.

Love the outdoors and practical work? Want a stepping stone into education and employment? This 13-week, Dunedin-based scheme is for 16-25 year olds and is run in partnership with the Malcam Charitable Trust.  

Need to meet certain entry criteria?
If you want to study one of our higher level qualifications but don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We offer a range of bridging options which are designed to give you the exact skills you need for more advanced study in that specific area. Examples include the Certificate in Health (Level 4), Certificate in Creative Studies and the Certificate in Fashion Studies (Level 4).

Want to gain a nationally-recognised qualification without going back to the classroom?
Our world-leading assessment methods at Capable NZ value the prior learning of individuals who want to become qualified and support the workplaces that employ them. We measure your existing capability, gained through years of work and life experience, against a formal qualification and give you academic credit for what you already know. 

Want to improve your English?
Our English programmes will allow you to improve your English while also helping you to prepare for further study. They have been designed to provide a clear pathway into our certificate, diploma and degree qualifications.

Short courses
New skills for enjoyment or employment.