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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

Palmerston North & Wairarapa intakes
18 Feb 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 29 Nov 2019

Whanganui intake
22 Jul 2019 - 29 Nov 2019

Domestic Fees: *
Nil fees

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, or preparing for work.

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

 Course Information

Essential Skills - Tuapapa (15 Credits)
Learn to develop a range of communication and interpersonal skills to participate effectively within society. 

Self - Rapu Ora (15 Credits)
Learn to increase awareness of self and others to identify potential educational and/or employment opportunities. 

Project - Rapu Mahi (15 Credits)
Explore identified goals for participation in employment.

Active Learning - Rapu Pukengataka 1 (15 Credits) (45 work experience hours)
Progress towards employment goals.

Project - Ara Matauraka (15 Credits)
Explore identified goals for participation in future education.

Active Learning - Rapu Pukengataka 2 (15 Credits)
Progress towards future educational goals.

Active Learning (15 Credits)
Identify and progress towards future educational and employment goals.

Pathways (15 Credits)
Develop contextualised skills to participate effectively in future education or employment.

 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.