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.

Programme Essentials

Upcoming Intake:

29 August 2022

20 February 2023

17 July 2023


Tuition Fees: $2,308.00

Admin Fees: $100

Text Books & Course Materials

$150 All fees are inclusive of GST


Level 4 Studies

Worth a total of 60 NZQA Credits


19 Weeks Full-TIme


One Year Part-Time

Online Study

This course is offered as a blended programme of study. The majority of 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:

  • Pathways: Study skills and career preparation
  • Essentials: Human biological science
  • Opportunities: Natural health therapies
  • Connections: Human anatomy and physiology
Tuition Fees
$2,308 including GST
Admin Fees
$100 including GST
Text Books & Course Materials 
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology $150 including GST


Student loans and allowances administered by StudyLink are available for all programmes of study. Find out more here. 


Outcome Statement

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
  • Use various types of media to communicate research findings

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)

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

Programme Duration:  One year full-time or Two years part-time

Semester 3 2022

Start Date: 29 August 2022 

End Date: To be confirmed

Semester 1 2023

Start Date: 20 February 2023

End Date: 30 June 2023

Semester 2 2023

Start Date: 17 July 2023

End Date 24 November 2023

 The Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 13th Ed.E. N. Marieb & S. M. Keller

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

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