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Foundation Learning and Bridging Options


Don’t meet the entry requirements for the programme you want to study? Don't let this stop you! Our bridging options can be your stepping stone to the programme of your choice.

 

Certificate in Land Skills (Level 2)

  • Dunedin
  • 9 weeks full-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts July and October
  • Apply anytime

Looking for a way to get some hands-on learning and increase your chances of getting a job? This programme, offered in partnership with the Malcam Trust, has a great mix of study and hands-on experience and will give you the skills you need to work in farming, agriculture, horticulture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas.

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.

Beauty Therapy

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a focus on Beauty

  • 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).

Business

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

  • Dunedin and Auckland (international students only)
  • Dunedin: One semester full-time; 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,

Culinary Arts

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November (late applications will be accepted based on availability of places)

Begin your journey from cook to chef. 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.

Engineering

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a focus on Engineering

  • 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).

Fashion Design

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts 19 July 2021
  • Apply by 30 June

Got a passion for fashion and wondering how to get a career in the fashion industry? Look no further! Embark on this hands-on qualification to get the technical skills, knowledge and industry-awareness you need 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.

Health

Human & Community Services

New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Kokiri Centre (51 Macandrew Road, Dunedin)
  • Twenty weeks full-time (five days a week)
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic have developed this programme to train whanau and support workers to understand how to support each other and to uplift, listen to and help each other be successful. Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under supervision to apply knowledge of Māori philosophies and theories of Māori wellbeing. This qualification will prepare you for entry level work caring for or supporting people, from youth to adulthood.

Information Technology

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4): Fully-funded via TTAF

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

Want to develop great IT foundation skills and gain valuable practical experience? How about doing that and getting guaranteed entry into our IT degree? This programme is your first step to gaining great introductory skills across a range of IT areas. You’ll study in a creative, innovative and supportive environment and, with small class sizes, you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention from your experienced teachers. Courses include Web Development, Programming, Computer Essentials and IT Industry Skills. When you finish and graduate, you'll have guaranteed entry into our Bachelor of Information Technology!

Tourism

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

  • Dunedin and Auckland (international students only)
  • Dunedin: One semester full-time; 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,

Veterinary Nursing

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals)

  • 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 June (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.