Te Timatanga - Certificate in Tertiary Study (Level 2)

Interested in tertiary study but not sure which course to choose? Or maybe you don’t know if you’ve got what it takes? Try this free, 17-week Youth Guarantee programme and you’ll get a much clearer picture of where you are heading!

This programme opens the door to tertiary study by providing the skills and confidence you need to succeed for your chosen career.

With plenty of tutor support, lots of class group work, interesting field trips and easy access to other support services, you will gain the confidence you need to move onto further tertiary courses.

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 activities.

You'll learn academic and life skills like writing, basic maths, communication and problem solving.

You'll look at personal development, reflecting on your own beliefs and values and recognising the diversity of others, particularly through the lens of holistic Māori culture.

Content Details

Information Technology for Tertiary Study  
You'll learn essential computer technology skills like word processing, spreadsheets, computer-based presentations, and look at issues surrounding digital communication technologies.

Future Pathways
You'll get to explore various future course options and get ready to work by creating a C.V., practising interview skills, and learning how to promote yourself positively.

Personal Development
You'll learn about yourself, health and wellbeing. If you're interested in sports and fitness there's the opportunity to participate in fitness conditioning sessions and to learn about fitness programming.


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.

15 Feb 201624 Jun 2016Full-timePapamoa1 semester
22 Feb 20161 Jul 2016Full-timeWindermere Campus1 semester
18 Jul 201625 Nov 2016Full-timeWindermere Campus1 semester

Indicative Fees

Domestic students: This is a fees-free Youth Guarantee programme for 16-19 year olds.

There are NO course related costs for this programme.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Tertiary Study (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.

Entry Criteria

  • There are no formal academic requirements for this programme.
  • Youth Guarantee students must not have reached their 20th birthday at the time of the earliest course start date of the qualification being funded by Youth Guarantee.

If you are a mature student we recommend that you apply for the alternate bridging programme: Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3).

Information Meeting

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.