Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

Location

Dunedin

Duration
17 weeks full-time; part-time options
Delivery

Online and face-to-face

Credits
60
Level
2
Start
February and July, 2018
Apply by
until start date
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
Get a taste of what tertiary learning is all about and gain essential skills for study and work!

Whatever your background, you can start somewhere. This foundation level programme is a great option if you want to re-engage with study and gain confidence and ability in literacy, numeracy and digital competency.

You can study this programme through two different contexts – either in a general study context or in a work context. All learners will undertake the two core compulsory courses during their first term: Essential Skills (Tuapapa) and Self (Rapu Ora). During your second term, you can then choose from the selection of compulsory courses with a general study context or work context.

If you choose to study either of the work context courses, you will go out on work placements. These placements may include community work, volunteering and/or practical trade learning at Otago Polytechnic.

If you choose to study the general study context courses, you will undertake more classroom-based learning which will include project-based learning, exploration and development of educational pathways and attending next level classes.    

All learning will encompass a kaupapa Māori learning environment. Basic Te Reo and classroom kawa will be embedded throughout all aspects of the programme. Class sizes are small and teachers are very approachable.  

Please note: This programme is replacing our Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) qualification from 2018 - this was previously known as Kickstart and Trades Taster.

Entry requirements
  • Open entry. You will take part in an assessment process to measure your current skill level. This will involve having an informal chat with a course advisor so we can make sure that you are placed at the right level.
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency. 
Programme structure 

During your first week, you will take part in a range of orientation activities. You will then study two core compulsory courses during term one (8 weeks) and then two compulsory selected courses during term two (8 weeks). 

Course name

Context

Level

Credits

Teacher
directed
hours

Student
managed
hours

Work
experience
hours

Compulsory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Skills (Tuapapa)

Both

2

15

90

60

0

Self (Rapu Ora)

Both

2

15

90

60

0

Choose one (compulsory):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project (Rapu Mahi)

Work

2

15

35

70

45

Project (Ara Matauraka)

General

2

15

90

60

0

Choose one (compulsory):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active Learning (Rapu Pukengataka 1)

Work

2

15

35

70

45

Active Learning (Rapu Pukengataka 2)

General

2

15

90

60

0

Total

 

 

60

 

 

 

Course descriptions  

Essential Skills (Tuapapa)

Develop a range of communication and interpersonal skills 

  • Demonstrate communication skills relevant to your community, workplace or educational setting
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills to participate effectively in diverse environments
  • Use essential skills to solve a range of specified problems

Self (Rapu Ora)

Increase awareness of self and others to identify potential educational and/or employment opportunities

  • Demonstrate an awareness of culture and cultural diversity in self and others
  • Develop personal wellbeing to contribute positively to the community, workplace and/or educational setting
  • Set goals for future focus using an awareness of self

Project (Rapu Mahi)*

Explore identified goals for participation in employment

  • Gain the research skills needed to investigate employment opportunities
  • Evaluate and reflect on the skills you have learned to help think about your future career goals

Project (Ara Matauraka)

Explore identified goals for participation in education

  • Gain the research skills needed to investigate educational opportunities 
  • Evaluate and reflect on the skills you have learned to help think about your future education path

Active Learning 1 (Rapu Pukengataka 1)*

Progress towards employment goals

  • Apply awareness of self and others within work and life
  • Apply essential skills in a familiar context
  • Interact effectively with a variety of people

Active Learning 1 (Rapu Pukengataka 1)

Progress towards future educational goals

  • Apply awareness of self and others within further study and life
  • Apply essential skills in a familiar context
  • Interact effectively with a variety of people

*work placements 

Work placements 

Placements allow you to gain industry experience and knowledge in your chosen career pathway and ideally to apply the essential skills that you will have learned earlier in the programme. If you choose to study either of the work context courses (Active Learning - Rapu Pukengataka 1 and/or Project Rapu Mahi), you will go out on work placements. These placements may include community work, volunteering and/or practical trade learning at Otago Polytechnic. Foundation staff visit placements weekly and are in contact with employers by phone on a regular basis. 

For more information

For more information or to discuss your study pathway, please contact jessica.thompson@op.ac.nz 

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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