Tools for Academic Study (Level 4)

Keen to start diploma or degree level study but unsure about your research and writing skills? This, free pre-entry course helps you develop your writing skills and confidence so that you'll achieve your best in a diploma or degree environment.

This popular and convenient course takes just four weeks and runs at various times throughout the year.

You’ll work at your own skill level as you learn about research and information management, referencing, copyright, plagiarism, and how to write academic essays, reports and literature reviews.

Tutors provide one on one assistance and you’ll also gain valuable group work experience.

The course is open to all students, regardless of whether they’re planning to do further studies at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology or elsewhere.

Content Details

  • Academic writing
  • Essay writing
  • Report writing
  • Literature reviews
  • Information gathering
  • Information management
  • APA referencing
  • Plagiarism guidelines
  • Copyright guidelines


Planned intakes*: November
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 4 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes will run Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm. Two days are tutorials, and the remaining three are self-directed learning.

The tutor is available all five days from 9.00am until 3.00pm.

Indicative Fees

Domestic students fees-free

2018 international students fees to be confirmed

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 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon meeting the requirements you'll receive a:

  • Record of Achievement in Tools for Academic Study (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

This course prepares you with all the research and writing skills you need to succeed in the future diploma or degree course of your choice.

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.