Foundation Studies

If you’re really keen to study, but you’re not quite ready for a diploma or a degree, why not enrol in our level 4 certificate programme?

The Certificate in Study & Career Preparation (CertPrep)*, offered at our Manukau campuses, assists students with the development of key skills, capabilities, knowledge and attributes needed to succeed in tertiary education including degree level. The programme provides a foundation for students who want to continue into Laidlaw programmes in Theology, Teaching or Counselling through a mixture of academic skills development and reflection on Christian faith and life.

*CertPrep will not be offered in S1 2022


Upon completion graduates will be able to:

  • Locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply to context-relevant tasks and problems.
  • Construct a reasoned and researched argument, communicated using a range of appropriate media.
  • 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.

Upon the successful completion of the programme students may also apply for entry into more advanced programmes in Theology, Teacher Education or Counselling.


Programme Summary

LEVEL 4, 60 credits
DURATION One semester full-time, part-time options available

Programme Requirements

The Certificate in Study and Career Preparation is a one semester full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of four level 4, 15 credit courses comprising two study skills courses and two Christian studies courses.


The programme focuses on four key areas:

  • Academic reading, writing, and communication
  • Managing your study and learning
  • Encountering the Bible OR Basics of Christian Belief
  • Faith in Action