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Te Ara Pūtake: My Academic Pathway

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

EF1804

Course details

  • Jul 2019
    Feb 2020
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3266 per semester
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy or MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton City Campus or Sport health strand - Rotokauri Campus (semester 2)

Summary

This programme is for those who want to begin study, but need to build confidence or brush up on skills. Students will choose from five pathways that align with their career goals, including: Health, Social Practice, Creative Industries, Early Childhood, and the Open pathway for general subjects and skills.

Students will gain essential academic knowledge, capabilities, and skills needed to succeed at higher levels of study.

Students will be introduced to new ideas and concepts in a step-by-step way, building their confidence as we guide them without holding their hand along the way. Classes range from lectures to small classes and labs (Health pathway), with a lot of online support. Tutors will support students at every step of their journey, and there is an option of whānau based delivery for Māori and Pasifika students in the Health pathway. 

On completion of the programme students will achieve a national qualification, the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4), and be able to apply for further study in their preferred career pathway. 

What you'll learn

All students will enrol in two core modules plus another two modules from their chosen pathway. The core modules are:

  • Te Ao Hurihuri Futures: The focus of this module is on our changing world and the changing nature of work
  • Pukenga Matauranga Academic Skills: The focus of this module is on research, writing styles, team work and communication

Open pathway

This prepares students for a range of higher level study pathways including information technology, and business. This pathway gives students an opportunity to get involved in project planning and design thinking in their selected career field and has a strong digital technologies component. This pathway is offered in semester one and two.

Health pathway

This pathway prepares students for further study in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, sports science or other health related programmes.

Students will learn about anatomy and physiology of the human body, wellness and human development. If students would like to learn in a whānau-based Māori and Pasifika classroom environment they can enrol into Te Tūāpapa Hauora. This pathway is offered in both semester one and two. Read more about the Centre for Health and Social Practice here.

Sport Health (an option within the health pathway)

The Health pathway is now being offered at Rotokauri Campus in the Centre for Sports Science. Students will study health with a sport and recreation flavour. They will learn about anatomy and physiology, nutrition, teamwork and leadership. This option will suit students wanting to pursue further study in Sport and Exercise Science. Read more about Sport and Exercise Science here.

Early Childhood pathway

This pathway prepares students for further study in early childhood education programmes.

Please note: This programme will support students' entry application into the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) degree programme but is not a guaranteed pathway. Candidates who complete this course will still need to meet the other entry criteria for the degree (interview, numeracy and literacy testing). This pathway provides a pathway to Wintec's Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) for over 20 year olds only. Those aged under 20 require university entrance to gain entry to the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). This pathway is offered in semester one and two if numbers allow.

Social Service pathway

This pathway prepares students for further study in social work and counselling programmes. Students will learn about values, beliefs, world views, key social issues and be introduced to career opportunities in the social service sector. This pathway is only offered in semester two. Read more about the Centre for Health and Social Practice here.

Creative Industries pathway

This pathway prepares students for further study in the creative industries in design, communication, art, and music.  Working with specialists in the School of Media Arts, students will learn relevant tools and technology for their craft, and gain knowledge and understanding of the creative process. Students will develop and apply their skills in projects and be given the opportunity to exhibit their work in a showcase event. 

There are four streams to select from in the Media Arts pathway, and these are aligned to future study and career pathways:

  • Music and Performing Arts - for those interested in music theory, audio production or performance
  • Communication - for those interested in media, journalism, writing, marketing communication or screen arts production 
  • Visual Art - for those interested in painting, sculpture, photography, design or screen arts production
  • Design - for those interested in graphic design, visual communication, and/or spatial design

Some prior credits or experience in the areas of music, visual art and design is useful for these pathways (eg 12 Level 1 NCEA credits) or you can attend an interview with Media Arts staff to help find the best fit. 

Media Arts offers a range of creative degrees studying communications, creative media, digital marketing, screen arts production, visual communication/graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, music and performing arts. Read more about the School of Media Arts here.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

 

Group A: Core modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU401Te Ao Hurihuri Futures415
 
GEDU402Pūkenga Mātauranga Academic
Skills
415  

 

​​Group B: Health pathway modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU403Wellness and Human Development415
 
GEDU404Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body415  

Group C: Early Childhood pathway modules Please note: this pathway provides a pathway to Wintec's Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) for over 20 year olds only. Those aged under 20 require university entrance to gain entry to the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU403Wellness and Human Development415
 
GEDU405Early Childhood Pathway415  

Group D: Social Services pathway modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU403Wellness and Human Development415
 
GEDU406Social Services Pathway415  

Group E: Open pathway modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU407Directed Project415
 
 

Group G: Creative Industries pathway modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU409Creative Project415
 
GEDU410Creative Practice415  

 

Graduate profile

Marama Hill always dreamed of being a midwife, and now, thanks to completing the Wintec Te Ara Pūtake Academic Pathway course, her dream will become a reality next month.

The mum of six has worn many hats over the years, she is a qualified chef by trade, but the long hours and late nights of hospitality were too strenuous on her family. So she retired as a chef and started working as an early childhood teacher. But now that the time is right, and her children are older, she is returning to study midwifery – her lifelong dream.

Read more.

Marama Hill

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme may have enhanced employment opportunities in industries and professions associated with the context of their programme.

Holders of this qualification will be able to progress to further study or training at NZQF Level 5 and above (degree, diploma or certificate) related to the context of their programme.

Entry criteria

General Academic Admission

Candidates are required to have gained:

  i)NCEA Level 1; and a minimum of 36 credits at NCEA Level 2; or
  ii) A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 3 or above; or
  iii) Equivalent.

Special Admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Provisional Entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment, and /or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions
on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection Criteria

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview.

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 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 or equivalent.

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Pathways

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.

Year 1 students starting semester 2 2019

Date:  Friday 19 July 2019
Time:  11am - 2.30pm
Venue: The Atrium - City Campus

  1. Come to the Atrium in Wintec house at 11am to meet your tutors and new classmates, be given an overview of your programme of study and receive a personalised timetable. It is essential that you attend induction (your first day) because your participation sets you up for successful study at Wintec.
  2. You are invited to bring whānau and friends to induction so they can support you on your first day of study and find out what your study is all about.
  3. Get prepared before induction day and make all necessary arrangements for childcare, work, and transport.

What you need to know

  1. If you have any questions please contact us on 0800 2 WINTEC (0800 2 2946832) extension 3140 or come to the Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways Office, D Block, Lower Ground Floor, City Campus. Please keep us updated about any changes to your enrolment.
  2. You can view your provisional timetable via the Wintec website once you have accepted your enrolment agreement. This timetable may be subject to change and you will receive your finalised timetable and class at induction.
  3. Bring a pen and paper on your first day. There are no required text books, and workbooks will be provided to you during class.
  4. You have the option of bringing your own device (laptop, tablet). We strongly encourage this as you will be able to follow along more closely in some lectures and classes. If you have trouble purchasing a device we recommend contacting Studylink regarding course related costs. All students also have access to computer labs and computers in the hub.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

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

Paying for your study

Course related costs

You will receive an invoice for the following, these are not covered under Fees Free Policy or Studylink:
$10.00 Disposable lab coat (to keep and reuse).
$65.00 License fee for kuraCloud, an online learning platform (Health Pathway students only).

Additional information

Module Requirement
GEDU404 - Applied Structure & Function of the Human Body
Please note that for Science labs you are required to wear shoes that cover the toes (i.e. no sandals or jandals). If you a
re not wearing appropriate footwear you may not be permitted to enter or complete a lab.

Booklist

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

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

Course guide

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We offer the course guides (prospectuses) in both digital and physical form.

Postgraduate health and social practice course guide (prospectus)

Course guide (prospectus)

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Postgraduate health course guide (prospectus)

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Email me a link

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Post me a copy

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