Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

  • Dunedin Campus or Mosgiel Community Learning Centre
  • 17 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 2
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

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.

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

  • Dunedin
  • 17 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

This programme offers you the chance to improve your study skills and prepare for higher level learning or employment. It includes either a general study context or a work context. Along with improving your reading, writing, presenting and computer skills, you will also gain valuable employability skills such as CV and interview preparation, and how to write a cover letter. Depending on the course you choose, this programme offers practical workshops and community volunteering opportunities.

Bridging certificate to Health diploma and degrees

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • One year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now for 2019 intakes

This year-long programme has replaced the Certificate in Health (Level 4). Offered by the School of Social Services, it can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

Bridging certificate to Beauty Therapy

  • Dunedin
  • One semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Gain foundation communication, career and study skills, as well as specific knowledge of human biological science and practical beauty skills. Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and ensure you meet the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4).

Bridging certificate to Engineering diploma

  • Dunedin
  • One semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts July
  • Apply now

Now you can start your journey to becoming an engineering technician no matter what your academic background! Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and enable entry into our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

Bridging certificate to Fashion Design degree

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July 2020
  • Apply by 30 June

Got a passion for fashion and wondering how to transform that enthusiasm into a career in the fashion industry? Look no further! Embark on this hands-on qualification to acquire the technical skills, knowledge and industry-awareness necessary for further study in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or to gain entry-level roles assisting with design, styling, retail/merchandising, and basic garment construction.

Bridging certificate to Art and Design degrees

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester one in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

No matter what direction your creative career takes, you'll benefit from having the ability to learn and apply creative processes, methods and technologies in both art- and design-based studio projects. This programme is great preparation for further study in any creative programme. Successful completion of this Certificate and the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Bridging certificate to Information Technology degree

  • Dunedin
  • One semester full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February or July
  • Apply until start date

Gain an in-depth introduction to computing and software. This qualification gives you the foundation you need to enter the Bachelor of Information Technology or other IT programmes.

Bridging certificate to Business diploma or degree

  • Dunedin and Auckland (international students only)
  • Dunedin: One semester full-time (part-time options - conditions apply); Auckland: 17 weeks full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts Dunedin: February and July; Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply until start date

Want to gain the skills needed for higher level learning? This Certificate will teach you what is needed for diploma- and degree-level study in a business context. Successful completion will guarantee you entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or the Bachelor of Applied Management as long as you meet the stated English Language requirements for the specific programme,

Bridging certificate to Culinary Arts degree

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • One year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February (Dunedin); February and July (Central Otago)
  • Apply by 30 November (for Dunedin - late applications will be accepted based on availability of places); 15 January or 8 June (for Central Otago)

Begin your journey from cook to chef in this programme available at both our Dunedin and Central Otago campuses. Involving lots of hands-on, practical cooking in our training kitchens, and a work experience opportunity, this qualification will expand the skills you have developed in a Level 3 cookery programme.

Bridging certificate to Level 5 Vet Nursing

  • Online with a minimum of 40 hours compulsory work placement
  • Six months full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February (distance full-time or part-time) or July (distance full-time)
  • Apply now

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant). This programme is not available to international students.