New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) with a focus on Business

Looking for a great way to get ready for study in business, tourism or applied management? This programme is suitable for you if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our tertiary programmes.

About the programme

Want to gain the skills needed for higher level learning? 

This programme will teach you what is needed for diploma- and degree-level study. You will develop your academic reading and writing skills and an understanding of the research process. You will also build your computer skills, learn how to better manage your time and gain confidence by exploring your own personal learning style.  

Successful completion of this Certificate will give you guaranteed entry into the: 

as long as you meet the stated English Language requirement for the specific programme. 

Pathway options into the Bachelor of Information Technology and other Otago Polytechnic diploma and degrees are also available, again, as long as you meet the stated English Language requirements

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme with part-time options. Talk to us about what would suit you best.


Course name Description Credits

Skills for Successful Tertiary Study


Prepare for successful tertiary study


Building Communication Competence


Learn how to effectively use a variety
of communication strategies to support
your learning and your future career
pathway in New Zealand


Academic Communication


Develop your academic reading, writing
and research skills in a business context.
Learners will develop skills to plan and write
a variety of context relevant documents.


Introduction to Research 


Become equipped with the information 
literacy skills required for tertiary studies 
in business contexts.