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New Zealand Certificate
in Study and Employment Pathways

Worried about whether or not you’ve got what it takes to be a successful student? BTI offer a six-month certificate that is designed to equip you with increased knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed academically. It is specifically for those who are not yet ready to enrol directly into one of our degree programmes.

This is a six-month full-time programme which prepares students for tertiary study for people-helping professions such as social work, counselling or teaching. On successful completion of this qualification, graduates may be eligible to apply for the entry interview for the related bachelor degree programmes at BTI.


This course has taught me so many skills, from time management, reading, note taking, structure of essays and reports. It has built my confidence to believe that I can succeed in the degree.”

Maria Cleland – Graduate from NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation my chosen

The programme includes:

  • Straightforward and useful study skills, including reading academically, essay writing, referencing, time management, critical reading.
  • Interaction with ideas that challenge your thinking and expand your world.
  • A service-learning experience that runs throughout the programme and gives practical opportunities to see what your chosen profession actually entails.
  • A warm, friendly, supportive environment in which to learn.

Why study the certificate at BTI?

Choose to study with BTI because we offer:

  • Targeted programme aimed at supporting entry to BTI degree programmes
  • Christian-based programme where educators walk alongside students to support them
  • Totally online course (with optional onsite three day intensive)
  • Varied learning activities with relevant, incremental assessments.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply it to context-relevant tasks and problems.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on context- relevant academic tasks and problems.
  • Develop and critique a study and career plan that identifies specific long-term career goals.

Meet Key Staff

Kate Weir: Programme Leader