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New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)

Level 5

Enhance your teaching practice with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5).

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Level: 5

Locations: Online

Duration: 30 weeks, part-time

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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.

Learn how to enhance your teaching practices through the application of strategies to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of your learners in UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5).

This Certificate is ideal for tutors who are adult educators, workplace trainers, learning support staff, workplace mentors and learning designers. The course is delivered online via trainingforyou.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Design embedded literacy and numeracy strategies to enhance learner outcomes in a vocational or workplace programme
  • Create and sustain a learner-centred teaching environment that respects learners’ mana and diverse backgrounds, and the wider educational and societal context, in order to facilitate quality learning
  • Embed literacy and numeracy teaching and learning in a vocational or workplace programme with consideration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique context
  • Use assessment and evaluation as tools to enhance student learning and own teaching practice in embedded literacy and numeracy teaching.
Employment options include being a lecturer, tutor or trainer. You may even wish to work at UCOL. Find out about the support we offer our academic staff.

You could also continue on to further study in adult literacy and numeracy education at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Teachers.

 Course Information

Reading the Landscape: Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Aotearoa (5 credits)
An outline of adult literacy and numeracy in Aotearoa New Zealand, including definitions and concepts, and historical and contemporary changes that have occurred

Baskets of Knowledge: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks for Māori, Pasifika and Young Adults (3 credits)
Gain an understanding of concepts and approaches that relate to literacy and numeracy needs of Māori, Pasifika and young adults.

Building Bridges: Exploring Programme Demands and Learner Needs (7 credits)
Explore the literacy and numeracy demands in your educational programme, and develop your skills and practice to help your learners’ vocational or workplace literacy.

Weaving Plans and Planting Seeds: Designing and Embedding Literacy and Numeracy (15 credits)
Learn how to plan teaching and learning sessions and embed literacy and numeracy within your programmes. Develop learning outcomes, teaching strategies, appropriate resources and assessments that are specific to your programme. Diagnostic, formative, summative and contextualised assessments are explored.

Capturing Evidence: Assessing and Analysing Assessment Results (10 credits)
Develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to assess the literacy and numeracy progress of your learners. Diagnostic, formative, summative and contextualised assessments results are analysed. The integral relationships between learner, educator and programme demands and learner goals are analysed. You will explain and conduct relevant assessments methods to track learner progress.

Previous related programmes

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) takes the best from and supersedes the following programme of study:

  • National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

Applicants must attest to or provide written evidence that they are currently working (employed or voluntary) as an adult educator or trainer, and have access to a minimum of four adult learners (over 18 years of age) for the entire duration of the programme.


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 language proficiency
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

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

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) comprises 40 credits and is delivered by trainingforyou online.

Students will need regular access to a computer with a reliable broadband connection for working on an online platform.

Note: Students working with learners under 18 years of age will require a safety check to comply with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Students are required to complete 115 hours in a teaching environment.  Assessments require examples of application of the knowledge and skills gained within the student’s own vocational teaching environment and the tracking of a minimum of four learners for a sequence of teaching and learning. Lesson plans, lesson reviews, peer and learner observations of embedded teaching and learning are used as evidence of the practical application.

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 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.