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Adult and Tertiary Teaching in Practice (Level 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,362*
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme is intended for people who already have a qualification or equivalent experience in their primary discipline eg a trade, and represents the base level qualification for a professional adult and tertiary teaching practitioner.

Student learning is blended - they will learn both online and through face-to-face learning experiences. This enables students flexibility to complete the programme while they work, and enables them to contextualise learning and assessments to their role and workplace.

Students applying for this programme will need access to a minimum of six learners throughout the study period.

There are three modules to be completed. Each module is 20 credits, and approximately 200 learning hours. Face-to-face classes will vary between modules: either evenings, mornings or wānanga (some full days). In addition, students are required to complete online learning and self-directed study.

​View programme modules

We recommend modules are completed in a specific order:
  1. Teacher Identity
  2. Working with Diversity
  3. Facilitating Learning
Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
EDUC505​Teacher Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand520  
EDUC506​Working with Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand520  
EDUC507Facilitating Learning in Aotearoa New Zealand520  
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of the Adult and Tertiary Teaching in Practice (Level 5) programme will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as vocational or workplace educator and trainer or academic staff member/tutor.

Graduates may undertake further study towards other qualifications in adult and tertiary teaching at Level 6 and above.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

Selection criteria

Candidates are required to be working as adult educators in some capacity or to have access to an environment in which they can practise their skills as adult educators.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 1:

Module codeModule nameFirst dayTimeVenue
EDUC505/2001Teacher IdentityFriday 14 February 202010am-1pmAg.03
EDUC506/2001Working with DiversityFriday 14 February 202010am-1pmAg.03
EDUC507/2001Facilitating LearningFriday 14 February 202010am-1pmAg.03

Semester 2:

Module codeModule nameFirst dayTimeVenue
EDUC505/2002Teacher IdentityFriday 17 July 20209am-12pmA1.08
EDUC506/2002Working with DiversityFriday 17 July 20209am-12pmA1.08
EDUC506/2002Facilitating LearningFriday 17 July 20209am-12pmA1.08​

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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