Tertiary & Work Pathways

Build the skills and academic evidence to pursue a tertiary qualification. You might already know what you want to do, explore the different options available to you.

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Many of our programmes require a specific academic aptitude to qualify. This is for us to ensure that you have the skills and ability to complete your programme of study and graduate. We want to set you up for success, not failure. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a qualification, we likely have a pathway option suitable for you.

Our study and career preparation courses (also known as bridging programmes) prepare you with the basic foundational skills to achieve academically or find work in a specific industry.

Pathway qualifications

Health, Health & Wellbeing

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree. This programme is made up of two qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a health context and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) with a health context.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus, Online with block course(s)

Location

Online, Dunedin

Health, Health & Wellbeing

This Level 4 programme is the second part of our health bridging pathway for those that don't yet meet the entry requirements for our diploma- or degree-level health programmes. To enter directly into Level 4, you need to hold a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (our Level 3 Health Bridging certificate), or equivalent. If you don't hold that qualification, you'll need to do the Level 3 and Level 4 programme which starts in February.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus, Online with block course(s)

Location

Online, Dunedin

Study Prep & Pathways

Start here if you want to improve your study skills and prepare for higher-level learning or employment.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study

Hair & Beauty, Study Prep & Pathways

A perfect start if you don’t meet the entry requirements to study our level 4 beauty therapy programme. You will gain the practical and foundational skills to meet the academic requirements.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Further tertiary study

Engineering, Study Prep & Pathways

Start here to prepare for diploma-level study in engineering. Successful completion will ensure you meet the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Further tertiary study

Business, Study Prep & Pathways

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

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Further tertiary study

Adventure & Tourism, Study Prep & Pathways

This hands-on certificate will give you a great understanding of the tourism and travel industry. At the same time, it's open entry (which means you don't need any previous academic qualifications) and provides a great taster of what studying at a Polytechnic is all about, preparing you for further diploma- or degree-level study.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Customer Service Representative, Frontline Staff, Further tertiary study , Sales Representative

Other pathways to tertiary qualifications

We have level 4 qualifications that help you transition into more advanced courses in Art & Design, Digital Media, Fashion or Information Technology. Or go straight into an entry-level job.

Need some advice

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.