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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Bachelor of Social Work Pathway)

New Zealand


What will I learn?

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in social work.

Through a mix of tutorials, group projects, quizzes and individual work, this programme will equip you with the academic skills required for higher-level study in social work – specifically the Bachelor of Social Work. You’ll learn how to write academic texts and do presentations, and you will have the opportunity to develop the intra- and inter-personal skills needed to support success in tertiary study and life. Subject-specific topics covered include Te Reo Maori, effective communication and understanding the contemporary issues that influence health and social service provision.

Successful completion of this qualification does not guarantee entry to the pathway programme of study. Entry requirements for these programmes still apply.

Career opportunities: This programme is designed as a stepping to stone to higher level study in social work-related fields, which in turn can lead to rewarding careers in social work.

Study pathways: As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Social Work.

Study options

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ$11,098.00 (US$ 6,961) per year
NZ $11,098 for the entire course
Start date

24 July 2023


Ara Institute of Canterbury

City Campus,

130 Madras Street,


Christchurch Central,

8011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

40 credits NCEA Level 2, including 10 Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Level 1 Mathematic credits (with a strength in Algebra for the Engineering Pathway and Numeracy for other pathways).

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

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English language requirement:

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

LanguageCert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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