Otago Polytechnic

National Certificate in Computing (Level 3)

Want to upskill to prepare for entry into a particular line of work? Perhaps you are seeking a formal qualification in recognition of your existing abilities?

Either way, this one year, flexible programme offers you the ideal solution. Advances in technology show no sign of slowing down and computer skills are now fundamental life skills. The vast majority of employers will expect a basic familiarity with computers, and by developing your confidence and capability you will greatly increase your career prospects.

By completing this programme at our Mosgiel Community Learning Centre, you will have access to one of our experienced facilitators if you need guidance or support. The flexible delivery will allow you to work at your own pace and to fit your study around other commitments. 

You can undertake the whole programme or select individual courses to complete. Focus on areas such as Personal Computer Basics, Word Processing, Business Solutions, Text and Information Management, and Researching and Presenting Data.

Community Learning Centre location

Mosgiel Library
7 Hartstonge Avenue

Phone 0800 762 786 or 03 484 7540 
Email Jacquie.hayes@op.ac.nz

Skills required
  • Self-motivation and commitment
  • A good work ethic.
Entry requirements 
  • Entry to this programme is open.
  • Previous computer experience is necessary. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this. Email Jacquie.hayes@op.ac.nz
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Additional costs

Upon completion of the qualification, you will have to pay a fee if you want an official Certificate; this is not mandatory.  

Further study options

Expand your employment potential with the National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 3), the National Certificate in Business Administration (Level 4) or the Certificate in Information Technology (Level 3). These are all taught at our Dunedin Campus. The two Business Administration Certificates are also offered online. 

Programme specific risks

You will have access to health and safety information during this programme.

You will study

This programme is designed to be flexible enough to fit around the daily demands of busy people, like you! Teaching materials are designed to help you learn at your own pace and check your progress along the way and facilitators are on-hand to offer assistance with your learning at all times. Regular workshops are held to assist you with your study.


No big exams! No long tests or assignments! Your skills are assessed using methods such as observation, a little theory and some practical. Facilitators will work with you to help you decide when you are ready.

Your workload

We recommend that you spend six hours a week on your programme of study.

Qualification structure




Course Title





Personal Computer Basics






Demonstrate and apply knowledge of a personal computer system



Manage and protect data in a personal computer system



Word Processing






Apply language and text processing skills to produce basic documents



Produce information using word processing functions



Text and Information Management







Customise software features to manipulate text for generic text and information management



Integrate text and images and refine file management for generic text and information management



Business Solutions







Create a computer spreadsheet to provide solution for organisation use



Create and use a computer database to provide a solution for organisation use



Use computer technology to solve a specified problem



Desktop Publishing






Produce desktop published documents for organisation use



Programme Totals



Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.


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.

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