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

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

Level 4

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

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time

25 Jul 2022 - 02 Dec 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$3123.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* 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 medical imaging at a tertiary level, but don't have the entry requirements, consider studying UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway). Note that completion of this programme does not guarantee entry or provide preferential entry into the degree programme.

You'll sharpen your study skills, improve your written and oral communication, and gain foundation knowledge of medical imaging technology. Numeracy skills relevant to health and science are covered, as well as background theory and practice in biology, microbiology, physics and chemistry.

This course is ideal for those who are returning to study, and wish to revise their health, physics and maths knowledge before embarking on the three year Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) degree. It will be suitable for:

  • People under the age of 20 years and who have not achieved University Entrance
  • People under the age of 20 who have University Entrance, but who did not do science subjects and want to study health science based courses before applying for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) degree programme
  • People over the age of 20 who have not studied for some time and want to undertake some health science based courses before they apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) degree programme to refresh their study skills.

Please take a quiz to see how suited you may currently be to our level 3 or 4 courses. Click here

You will be given a confidential score and can use this to plan your journey.
  • If your quiz score is between 35 and 50 you may be best suited to our level 4 course, but please feel free to contact us for more information.
  • If your quiz score is between 20 and 35 you may be best suited to begin with our level 3 course, but please feel free to contact us for more information.
  • If your quiz score is below 20 please contact us and we can help you decide which level would be best for you.

     Career & Study Outcomes

    Successful completion of this programme satisfies the University Entrance requirements to apply for UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology).  

    Completion of this course does not guarantee entry or provide preferential entry into the UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) degree programme.  

     Course Information

    This programme comprises 60 credits.

    UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway) covers a variety of subjects that will equip you with academic skills for higher-level study in Medical Imaging and is comprised of the following papers:

    Skills for Academic Study Level 4
    In this course you will discover the best way for you to learn in the health sciences area. Topics cover skills considered essential for health science students and include aspects of learning, exam and test preparation, time management, research skills, written and oral communication as well as interview and CV preparation. Classes will include work in a PC computer laboratory.  You will research a health condition, infection or disease that is caused by a microorganism and present this information both in a written essay and oral presentation. You will also create a professional health portfolio, which includes interviewing a health professional and researching the history, academic pathway, professional associations and the significance of this health profession for future health care in New Zealand.

    Applied Maths and Physics Level 4
    Students will acquire and practice numeracy skills relevant to Medical Imaging. This will include algebraic expressions, metric conversions and graphing of equations. Statistics will cover health related data and interpretation of graphs. Medical imaging related physics topics will include radioactivity, electromagnetism, induction light and sound concepts.

    Human Body and Microbes (Essentials of Human Body and Microbial Science)
    Students will examine the structure and function of the human body and prepare a poster to demonstrate their knowledge. The main body systems are covered in more detail and laboratory classes will enable a closer look, especially at the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will explore the area of microbiology and investigate selected microorganisms, including beneficial, harmful and opportunistic effects on human health. Laboratory classes will work with real bacteria and highlight biohazard safety protocols. Genetics and inheritance introduce how cells replicate, can make mistakes, and produce the mutants we all are, thus connecting the chemistry of the body to inheritable diseases.

    Chemistry and Cell Biology (Essentials of Cell Biology and Chemistry)
    Students will review basic principles of chemistry including bonding, chemical formulae and chemical equations including respiration and ATP synthesis. You will explore the properties of acids and buffers to introduce how the chemistry in our blood works to keep our metabolism functioning correctly and what happens when it does not. The basics of biochemistry are covered including the interpretation of chemical structures including alcohols and natural acids. You will also look at the function of organic molecules such as carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids and their role in biological systems. In cell biology you will investigate the basic structure and function for the parts of a cell then expand that knowledge to tissue type, and how molecules can enter, move around, and exit the cell. All of these topics will include theory classes and laboratory investigations.

     Learning Facilities

    This programme is taught using class, laboratory, PC-classes and online (blended) delivery. Students who are unable to access online material will be able to use UCOL based facilities.

     Domestic Entry Requirements

    NCEA Level 2


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


    Equivalent academic achievement


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

    If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.


    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

    Choosing your study pathway
    Students are advised to check the additional criteria for Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) degree programme selection before enrolling in this Level 4 programme.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway), you may wish to study UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Health Pathway).

    If you are not sure of which course to begin your pathway to medical imaging then please contact us.


    Your timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of approximately:

    Full-time programme

    • 20 hours of class time (including 3-4 hours of online classes)
    • 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 have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

    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 (not via the online application form).

    Blended learning
    This programme is offered on a blended delivery approach, a unique combination of online and face-to-face learning. Students are welcome to use UCOL's facilities (computers, Internet) to access the online learning. However, we encourage students to have their device such as laptop/PC or tablet to be able to access the online component of this programme from home.

     Additional Costs

    Please note that there are additional costs associated with this programme:
    • Uniform - protective labcoats will be supplied by UCOL, however you will be required to wear covered shoes (eg sneakers) in the laboratory classes
    • Stationery
    • Scientific graphics calculator - $140.00
    • Printed workbooks will be supplied, however you should provide your own pens, pencils, ruler, paper etc
    • Selected resources for Applied Maths - $35.00 (purchased through UCOL)
    • It's advisable that students have headphones (microphone included) - approximately $20


    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.