To work in the applied health sciences sector, you need a strong science grounding.  This programme provides you with all of the skills you’ll need to kickstart your training, and your career.

From nursing to mental health, vet services to massage and beauty, an understanding of applied sciences is a prerequisite for higher level study.

Secure your future with the skills and knowledge you’ll need for further training in health and science:

Human structure and function

Human biology

Measurements and scientific notations

Mental health and ethics

Teamwork and professional relationships

Cultural identities


  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)
  • Location:
    West Coast
  • Method of Study:
    Face to Face, Blended, Online, Full Time or Part Time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    17 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    19 weeks
  • $3,169

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Core Elements

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

Identify and apply knowledge obtained from a variety of specialised sources relevant for pre-entry to health sciences.

Manage their own learning and work effectively as an individual and as a team member to achieve relevant goals.

Solve problems and communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media.

Evaluate opportunities and develop plans for study and career pathways in in health sciences.

Programme Structure and Workload

The programme runs for 17 weeks, starting in (March) and running until (July), with a two week break in (May).

Each week, you’ll attend tutorials for around 20-22 hours, and undertake approximately 16 hours of self-directed learning.

Further Study Paths

  • NZ Cert in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)
  • NZIM Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) (Level 5)
  • NZ Cert in Vet Nursing  Assistant (Level 5)
  • NZ Cert in Animal Technology (Level 5)
  • NZ Cert in Rural Animal Technician (Level 5)
  • NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation
  • Diploma in Social Services

Career Opportunities

This Certificate is designed to help people gain the academic prerequisites that may be required for further study and training in allied health careers e.g.

  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Massage Therapist
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Diversional Therapist
  • Support worker for Aged Care and People with Disabilities
  • Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker

Entry Criteria

Applicants must have:

The ability to demonstrate a likelihood of success in the programme. This may be demonstrated through a variety of means including relevant work experience (e.g. CV), achievement of NCEA standards in human biology, successful completion of a programme of study at level 2 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years

Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process

Students will be interviewed prior to enrolling on this programme.  This enables staff to counsel students on intended workload, and familiarise them with the programme content and facilities.

If the number of applicants is greater than the number of places on the programme, then applicants who meet the entry requirements are accepted in the order of submission.

English Language (for international students)

Entry IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent

Special Notes

  • Should you wish to enrol on a degree level programme in the future you will need to have achieved the Certificate in Study and Career Preparation at Level 4. This Level 3 certificate meets the academic prerequisites for study at Level  4 programmes
  • Part time students must complete the Programme within 2 years of first enrolling