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Certificate in Introduction to Study (Level 2)


  • Semester 1 starts 14 February 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 24 July 2017
  • For one semester full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline: Fee free* (under the Youth Guarantee scheme * conditions apply)
  • City Campus, Hamilton

The Certificate in Introduction to Study (Level 2) provides a broad base for students, who have left school with little or no qualifications to staircase into higher levels of study.

You will develop an understanding of what is expected at tertiary level, along with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to continue further study at tertiary level.

Programme Content

You will study:

  • Writing Skills - including essay writing, assignment preparation, report writing, referencing in-text and compiling bibliographies.
  • Communication Skills - including written and oral presentation skills, locating and organising information.
  • Tertiary Study Skills - including learning styles, principles of learning, reflective journal writing, using technology to support study and assignment preparation
  • Personal Development - including self management, study skills, stress management, time management and vocational pathway building.


Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
FOIS101Tertiary Study Skills15190853 v1
91104 v1
FOIS201Communication Skills15290857 v1
FOIS202BWriting Skills15290053 v4
Personal Development152

Graduate Opportunities

The Certificate in Introduction to Study (Level 2) allows students to develop the academic skills and knowledge for further study at Certificate level.

Entry Criteria

Open entry, however, candidates whose first language is neither English or Māori are required to have an IELTS score of 5.5 or better across all bands.

For selection purposes candidates may be required to participate in an interview selection process.

Download the full programme regulations:

Additional Information

  • An ideal programme for students who have left school with little or no qualifications, but who have the desire to complete further study.
  • A qualification that provides a broad base for further study.
  • Gives students/graduates an understanding of what is expected at tertiary level.
  • Provides students with opportunities to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in tertiary education.

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