New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

This is a great option if you want to re-engage with study or want to experience studying at a polytechnic. You will develop your study skills (reading, writing, maths computing) and undertake community work, volunteering and/or practical learning.

About this programme

Get a taste of what tertiary learning is all about and gain essential skills for work!

Whatever your background, you can start somewhere. This foundation-level programme is a great option if you want to re-engage with study and gain confidence and skills to enter the workforce. 

You will undertake community work, volunteering, and/or practical trade learning at Otago Polytechnic. This will enable you to gain industry experience and knowledge in your chosen career pathway and ideally apply the essential skills that you will have learned earlier in the programme.

This programme normally takes 17 weeks to complete but we do offer part-time study options too.

Free Fees

Due to a government initiative, we offer free fees to those that do not already hold a Level 2 or higher qualification. If you do hold a Level 2 or higher qualification, some restrictions may apply.

16-19 years old?

If you are a 16-19 year old and feel that school didn’t work out for you, you may be able to study this programme via our Youth Guarantee Scheme and pay no fees. This also applies if you are going to be 15 years old at the time that this programme starts and you have an early exemption from school. See more info in the Fees section below.

Courses

During your first week, you will take part in a range of orientation activities. You will then study two core compulsory courses during term one (8 weeks) and then two compulsory courses during term two (8 weeks). Each course is worth 15 credits.

Essential Skills (Tuapapa) 

Develop a range of communication and interpersonal skills 

  • Demonstrate communication skills relevant to your community, workplace or educational setting
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills to participate effectively in diverse environments
  • Use essential skills to solve a range of specified problems
Self (Rapu Ora) 

Increase awareness of self and others to identify potential educational and/or employment opportunities

  • Demonstrate an awareness of culture and cultural diversity in self and others
  • Develop personal wellbeing to contribute positively to the community, workplace and/or educational setting
  • Set goals for future focus using an awareness of self
Project (Rapu Mahi)* 

Explore identified goals for participation in employment

  • Gain the research skills needed to investigate employment opportunities
  • Evaluate and reflect on the skills you have learned to help think about your future career goals
Active Learning 1 (Rapu Pukengataka 1)*

Progress towards employment goals

  • Apply awareness of self and others within work and life
  • Apply essential skills in a familiar context
  • Interact effectively with a variety of people

*work placements 

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.