Giving Back to those that support fellow New Zealanders

FREE Offer

Each year the Naturopathic College of New Zealand looks for a meaningful way to give back. This year we want to show our appreciation to community groups and volunteers across New Zealand. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the support you have given to your fellow New Zealanders post COVID.

On that note, we are delighted to offer all community groups, volunteers and volunteer organisation staff our Career Preparation for Health Science (Level 4) online course free of charge. Normally $2,418.68, this is our gift to you.

If natural health has always been something you are interested in, now is the perfect opportunity. This offer applies to new students joining our 30th August 2021 Intake.

Once again, we thank you and look forward to you joining our online campus.

T&C: Should you hold a qualification at a higher level than Level 4, you will not be eligible for this free fees offer? Please refer to the programme details below for all entry criteria.

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

About This Programme

Apply now to complete your Career Preparation for Health Science programme in just 19 weeks.

This online learning programme is designed to prepare students to succeed at higher levels of study and provide a pathway to diploma and degree programmes. Students will develop knowledge of human biological sciences and will investigate career pathways within a natural health therapies or health science environment.

Online Study

Your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments.

Items required to complete this diploma: A laptop, internet connection and course related text books (see full list in text book section below)

Programme Details

This programme consists of four 15 credit courses

SCP 401Pathways: Study skills and career preparation
SCP 402Essentials: Human biological science
SCP 403Opportunities: Natural health therapies
SCP 404Connections: Human anatomy and physiology

Through the completion of the programme graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate academic skills that will allow progression to higher academic study
  • Work independently and collaboratively to locate, select and analyse information
  • Construct and communicate information using a range of media
  • Explain the philosophy, benefits and use of natural therapies
  • Explore the concepts of holistic health, wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop an understanding of the principles and concepts associated with biological sciences
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall function of various body systems and the interrelationship between anatomy and physiology
  • Research, develop and critique a career path and identify career and study goals

Education Pathway

  • This  qualification  builds  on  qualifications  at  NZQF  levels  2  and/or  3,  including National  Certificate  in  Educational  Achievement  (Levels  2  and  3)  [Ref:  0973  and 0974].
  • 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

Employment Pathway

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

NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent)

Courses are available to NZ domestic students only, all students must be NZ citizens, permanent residents or Australian citizens.

Should you hold a qualification at a higher level than Level 4 in Natural Health Science or Naturopathy you may not be eligible for this programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) is not offered for this Programme.

Semester 2 2021

Start Date26 July 2021
Mid-Semester Break Start Date04 October 2021
Mid-Semester Break End Date15 October 2021
Semester End Date03 December 2021

Semester 3 2021

Start Date30 August 2021
No semester break
Semester End Date24 December 2021

Progamme duration: 19 weeks full time or 1 year part time.

All fees and textbook costs listed below are FREE for volunteers and community support workers this August.

Tuition Fees
$2,268.68 including GST


Text Books & Course Materials 
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology $150 including GST 
 The Essentials of Human Anatomy and PhysiologyE. N. Marieb & S. M. Keller

***You can purchase your textbook from our Bookshop***