Pre-degree preparation for education or social work

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Education and Social Sciences

Programme highlights

This certificate course is aimed at those who have an interest in helping others. 

You will learn self-awareness, gain self-insights and learn the necessary interpersonal communication skills needed to work in the social services sector. You will explore your own cultural identity and that of others.

This certificate is the ideal place to start if you are considering a career in the ‘helping professions’ including social work, community work, mental health and addiction services, youth work, counselling or iwi social services.

This programme will give you the confidence to study at a tertiary level and go on to pathway into degree-level programmes or occupational options in a career pathway of your choice.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees

$3,300 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code NZ2860

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 2 years.

Study method

Full-time, Part-time

Credits 60
International fees NZD$8,200 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

International students

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

105.445 Skills for successful tertiary study (15 credits)

  • Gain personal self-awareness to perform effectively with best practice in a social services setting.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to work safely with a diverse range of clients in a social services environment.
  • Apply appropriate and effective strategies to assist clients and whanau to reduce vulnerability and build resilience.
  • Produce written work/artwork/group work/verbal presentations centred around different subjects or occupations by using your imagination, creativity, self-exploration, reflection and feedback, cultural literacy and engagement with and use of appropriate help and support.
  • Access and use information technologies for academic and/or workplace purposes.
  • Evaluate opportunities and develop a plan for study and career pathways relevant to a chosen field. Pathway into employment or degree level programs.

105.446 Pathway project A - society (15 credits)

Progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this and the Numeracy and Literacy courses through real-world learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination.

You will learn about:

  • How culture influences communication in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • The role of the individual in society.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Cultural competency.
  • Society and how it influences work in social services.
  • Human Rights Commission.
  • Diversity in our community.

105.447 Pathway project B - society (15 credits)

Progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this and the Numeracy and Literacy courses through real-world learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination.

You will learn about:

  • Discrimination and stigma.
  • Te Ao Maori/Maori world-view.
  • Disabilities.
  • Powhiri process and marae protocols.
  • Roles and responsibilities for marae.

181.435 Building communication competence (15 credits)

  • Demonstrate reflective self-management skills for study.
  • Communicate and collaborate as a speaker and as a listener in a learning group.
  • Use selected communication technologies appropriately within an academic and/or vocational context.
  • Gain personal self-awareness, navigation and facilitation skills to perform effectively in a social services environment.
  • Gain awareness and understanding of the principles and barriers to recovery in the mental health and addiction setting.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the foundation and bridging studies calendar.

Career opportunities

The certificate is a complete qualification for employment in the social services sector.

Further training or study

It is also a pathway towards further professional training including social work, counselling and mental health, and nursing.

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.