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

Level 4

Learn the skills required for higher level study in nursing with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway).

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time

Palmerston North & Whanganui
19 Feb 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$2,939.50 Scholarship info

International Fees:*
To be confirmed.

* 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.

If you're aspiring to study nursing at tertiary level, but don't have the entry requirements, consider studying UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway). 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of this programme provides entry into UCOL's Bachelor of Nursing.

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway) covers a variety of subjects that will equip you with academic skills for higher-level study in nursing, including:

  • Mastering Mathematical Calculations 
  • Essentials of Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • Essentials of Human Body and Microbial Science
  • Skills for Academic Study 

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway) supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in Science and Health

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2 (including 10 Literacy Credits at Level 2 and 10 Numeracy 10 Credits at Level 1)


New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)


Equivalent academic achievement 


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


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 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 General or Academic Level 5.5 with no band lower than 5, (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

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 New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway) comprises 60 credits.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of approximately:
  • 16 hours of class time
  • 20 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met. 

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

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

Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with this programme:


  • Protective labcoats will be supplied by UCOL, however you will be required to wear covered shoes (eg sneakers) in the laboratory classes.


  • Scientific calculator - approximately $30
  • Printed workbooks will be supplied, however you should provide your own pens, pencils, ruler, paper etc.


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.