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Certificate in Introduction to Health Science

Level 3

UCOL’s Certificate in Introduction to Health Science will provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop a career in the rewarding fields of nursing and health.

Science student experiments in one of the science labs on our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Wairarapa

Duration: 1 semester, full-time

24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$2,747.19Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

As a graduate of the Certificate in Introduction to Health Science programme, you will have gained the basics in Human Biology, Maths and Health as well as developed some essential nursing and study skills to start you on the right path for nursing or health studies.

Career & Study Outcomes

Course Information

  • Basic Maths Skills
  • Human Health
  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Study and Computing Skills

Student & Staff Profiles

Learning Facilities

Biology Lab, PC Lab, Classrooms

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including Literacy 10 credits and 10 Numeracy credits)


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Certificate in Introduction to Health Science comprises 60 credits.

This certificate is primarily intended for adults over 20 years of age, to provide increased skills and knowledge prior to enrolling in a higher level qualification.  It is particularly suitable for those intending to enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing.

Students under 20 years of age will benefit from studying the certificate but will still need to meet the entry criteria stipulated by the programme to which they enrol.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.