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Certificate in Māori Studies (Level 4)

Certificate in Māori Studies (Level 4)

Level 4

Immerse yourself in UCOL’s Certificate in Māori Studies and gain foundation skills in Māori language and customs, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Whakaoriori Marae on the Wairarapa campus
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time, one night per week, 6 - 9pm

To be confirmed

Domestic Fees: *
Nil fees

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details.

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Do you have a basic understanding of Māori language and culture? UCOL's Certificate in Māori Studies can enhance your skills, develop your confidence in communicating, and prepare you for further tertiary study.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's Certificate in Māori Studies will contribute positively to workplaces with their confidence and ability to use Te Reo Māori. Employment options include:

  • Community, government or iwi organisations
  • Kohanga reo
  • Maori radio

 Course Information

  • Te Reo Māori – Level 3 (Māori Language - Level 3)
  • Te Reo Māori – Level 4 (Māori Language - Level 4)
  • Tikanga Marae (Māori Customs and Traditions)
  • He Pūkenga Mātauranga (Academic Reading and Writing Skills)

 Industry Connections

Local Iwi

 Learning Facilities

All classes and noho marae on campus in the wharenui, Te Amorangi and the wharekai, Te Hāpai Ō, on Whakaoriori Marae

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved either EIT’s Certificate in Māori Studies (Level 2) programme, or relevant level 1 and 2 qualifications in Māori Studies, such as UCOL's Te Reo Māori Intermediate language course, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competence.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The Certificate in Māori Studies (Level 4) comprises 60 credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.