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Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway

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


Course details

  • Jul 2021
    Feb 2022
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,416*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton City Campus or Rotokauri Campus - Sport Health strand


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


​​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.


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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)

  • A relevant course at NZQF Level 2; ​
  • 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 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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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 2021

Date: Friday 23 July 2021
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus 

Come to the Atrium in Wintec house at 10am 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. 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. Remember to get prepared before induction day and make all necessary arrangements for childcare, work, and transport.

What you need to know

  • Bring a pen and paper on your first day. There are no required textbooks, and workbooks will be provided to you during class.
  • You have the option of bringing your own device (laptop or 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.
  • 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 located in D Block, Lower Ground Floor at the City Campus. Please keep us updated about any changes to your enrolment.

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

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

The following costs are not covered under free funding policies or Studylink for health pathway students:

  • $10.00 Disposable lab coat (to keep and reuse)
  • $37.50 License fee for KuraCloud, an online learning platform

These costs will be sent through to students separately as 'sundry fees' and will also appear on your account balance when you log into student@wintec. If you have any queries related to course-related costs, please email us or visit the Centre of Education and Foundation Pathways reception located in D Block, Lower Ground Floor, City Campus.

Additional information

Module requirement for GEDU404 - Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body

Please note that for science labs, you are required to wear shoes that cover the toes (ie no sandals or jandals). If you are not wearing appropriate footwear, you may not be permitted to enter or complete a lab class.


Purchasing textbooks

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

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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