Bridging Programmes

Te Timatanga - Certificate in Tertiary Studies Level 2

Get yourself geared up for tertiary study! If you're thinking about returning to study or need to build your skills and confidence in education and learning, this course if for you. It's designed to help you get going - to explore what you're capable of and to help point you in the right direction.

We'll teach you how to write clearly, navigate the library for research, use the computer confidently, and help you choose the future pathway that's right for you. Introductory Maori language and culture, personal development, health, fitness and lifestyle choices are also covered in this kick-start programme.

Content Details

A variety of teaching methods are used to cater for different learning styles. These include a balance of practical and theoretical classes, field trips, physical and team building activites.

Tools for Academic Study
You’ll develop skills and strategies to be able to participate in further tertiary study.

  • Write clearly
  • Think critically
  • Learn library and research skills
  • Do basic maths
  • Give oral presentations
  • Write essays
  • Read confidently

Personal Development
Reflect on your own beliefs and values and celebrate diversity in others. Gain insight into Te Ao Maori through whakapapa and Te Whare Tapa Wha model of health.

Future Pathways
Explore various options for tertiary education. Learn how to create a CV and gain interview skills to allow you to promote yourself positively.

Information Technology for Tertiary Study
Having good computer skills is increasingly necessary for the world we live in. You’ll learn computing technology skills to further support your tertiary study; includes keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, computer-based presentations, and issues surrounding digital communication technologies.


The programme is 17 weeks with classes scheduled Monday to Thursday between 9.00am and 3.00pm. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

Februaryfull-timeWindermere Campus1 semester
Julyfull-timeWindermere Campus1 semester

Entry Criteria - Summary

There are no formal academic entry requirements for this programme. If you're interested in enrolling you'll attend an information sharing meeting to identify your needs and suitability for the programme. People of any age and ability are encouraged to apply, especially those who have been away from formal study for some time.

English Language Requirements

  • Domestic Students: If English is not your first language, evidence of language competency may be required.
  • International Students: Please refer to the International Prospectus or our English Language requirements page for further information.


Indicative Fees

  • FREE tuition fees.

The standard published fee is applicable for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents residing in New Zealand, and for New Zealand citizens residing outside of New Zealand.

An international fee is payable for all other students.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Tertiary Studies Level 2

Career Opportunities

This programme provides an introduction to further education which can then lead to a career in the area of your choice.

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Private Bag 12001, Tauranga 3143
07 571 0190  |  0800 BOP POLY (267 7659)