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New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4) Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

New Zealand


Course info


If you are a drummer, a keyboard player or a bass player or have other musical talents such as guitar or vocals, UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Music might be the qualification you need to give your career a boost.

You will develop your individual and band performance across many popular music styles and you’ll gain skills in live sound and recording, theory, song writing/composition and music management. Gain professionalism and confidence for work in the music industry.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Music have a good understanding of the music industry and the business of music, and are able to demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Their specialist instrument
  • Performing within an instrumental ensemble to an industry standard
  • Music theory, analysis and technology to communicate musical ideas
  • Composing and performing original music

Possible career options include:

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound engineering
  • Teaching
  • Band management
  • Event management

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Creativity

Course Information

  • Music Theory
  • Performance and Technology 1a
  • Performance and Technology 1b
  • Composition and Technology 1a
  • Composition and Technology 1b
  • Industry 1a
  • Industry 1b

Industry Connections

Throughout this course you will be performing in different environments from UCOL to a range of venues throughout the Manawatu, Whanganui and Wairarapa districts. Our lecturers are of the top calibre, playing with bands all over New Zealand and the world.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$20,500.00 (10,93,019) per year


22 Feb


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,


Palmerston North,

4422, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$20,500.00 (10,93,019) per year




UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,



4500, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

  • NCEA Level 2 or
  • Equivalent academic achievement or
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.

Applicants must be able to play a musical instrument and/or sing confidently and competently in front of others. Evidence will be demonstrated by an audition or a DVD/video recording.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score 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). TOEFL (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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