New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway).xml New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway)

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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway)

CertificateFull time – 6 months, part-time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$3,000- $3,570


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street


Prepare for higher-level study in construction and architectural studies.

This pathway is designed to prepare you for either the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Construction, available in construction management and quantity surveying.

It covers a variety of subjects including measurement and algebra, documentation and skills for academic study.

Please note: the majority of courses within this programme are only available in Christchurch. Please check with the Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies for more information.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 2, including 10 Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Level 1 Mathematic credits (with a strength in Algebra for the Engineering Pathway and Numeracy for other pathways)


    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    While entry to this programme requires an IELTS level of 5.5 Academic, entry to some of the Ara degrees requires a score of 6.5 or 7.0 Academic.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

The certificate will introduce you to architectural studies or construction management/quantity surveying and prepare you for further study by developing your skills for academic study.

Careers leading from the architectural studies or construction degree qualifications include construction manager, site manager, project manager, contracts supervisor, quantity surveyor, estimator/cost planner and procurement manager or working as a team member in an established architectural practice.

You may also choose to continue your studies to become a registered architect.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor of Construction with specialisations in construction management or quantity surveying.

Recommended school subjects

English, Maths, Science, Physics