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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

Level 2

UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) will prepare for further learning or employment, focusing on you and the future you’re seeking.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 17 weeks

23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
Nil fees

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

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.

Starting with where you’re at in life, UCOL will support you to go forward. This programme will give you the confidence, knowledge, attributes and skills to prepare you for further learning, including achieving NCEA Level 2, and/or gain your literacy and numeracy credits.

This programme will allow you to apply for a wide range of study pathways at UCOL including: 
  • Trades and applied technology (construction and architecture, automotive, carpentry and joinery, electrical, fabrication engineering, furniture making, mechanical engineering, security)
  • Health and wellbeing (exercise and sport, health science, caregiving)
  • Business (administration, accounting, management, project management, tourism)
  • Information and communications technology (using a computer, software development, computer networks)
  • Creative arts (design, tattooing, graphic design, animation, interior design, music, performing arts, photography)
Be part of a supportive learning environment where you and your classmates will work as a team.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Entry-level employment with ongoing training
  • NCEA Level 2 and/or gain your literacy and numeracy credits
  • Progress with further study in areas of interest to you
  • Participate more confidently in life in your community

 Industry Connections

The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills has a network of local businesses. These connections support the programme by giving their time as guest speakers, allowing students to visit their businesses and talking to students about career opportunities.

 Learning Facilities

A modern, fully-equipped learning space with access to facilities and services that support your learning, including a library.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.


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

 International Entry Requirements


 Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 is suitable for people who have no formal qualifications and who need to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. It is designed for those seeking to achieve NCEA Level 2 and/or gain literacy and numeracy credits.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare your National Student Number (NSN) before you apply. 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. Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 supersedes and takes the best from the following programmes of study, which are no longer offered:
  • Tertiary Study Skills Level 2
  • Te Timatanga Certificate in Tertiary Study
  • Certificate in Vocational Skills Level 2


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.