Bachelor of Professional Communication - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7

Intake 1: 11/02/2019 to 07/06/2019 - Applications close 21/01/2019

Intake 2: 01/04/2019 to 26/07/2019 - Applications close 11/03/2019

Intake 3: 17/06/2019 to 11/10/2019 - Applications close 27/05/2019

Intake 4: 05/08/2019 to 29/11/2019 - Applications close 15/07/2019


Three years full-time

Up to 10 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 360

The increasing complexity of communications media related profession requires well-educated, competent graduates who are able to:

  • Comprehend, critique, and apply knowledge from the communications media related field in an appropriate practice context
  • Competently work within the legal, ethical, and government policy related parameters of communications media related sector
  • Recognise, value, critique and apply research to communications media contexts
  • Competently and appropriately apply multimedia communication techniques in various settings
  • Appropriately apply theory and principles of media communications techniques in various contexts – such as corporate settings, the broadcasting medium, as well as through print and web
  • Develop, implement, and critique media communications strategies and plans
  • Develop and incorporate successful media communications strategies and plans
  • Produce communications media related documentation, such as news stories and reports, both government related and general publications
  • Develop and critique formal public speeches using appropriate communications theories


Students must complete a total of 120 credits (8 papers) to complete Year One of the programme.

Compulsory papers – students are to complete all of the following:

BPC100 Communications I (Level 5) 15 credits

This paper aims to introduce students to the theories, principles, and practical skills associated with effective intrapersonal, interpersonal, oral, and written modes of communication. It also aims to introduce students to the appreciation of indigenous and other cultures within New Zealand society.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Describe the ‘communication process’ in the 21st century; describe the interactive roles and values of written communication, verbal communication, and non-verbal communication (including electronic communication); apply active listening skills; discuss the social and cultural aspects of communications, particularly relating to Matauranga Māori; use written skills to produce academic essays and professional documents; demonstrate basic research and documentation skills in a short report; and prepare and deliver an oral presentation to a professional standard.

BPC110 Media Culture I (Level 5) 15 credits

This paper aims to broaden the students’ knowledge of the media-influenced culture in which we live; where that culture has come from; and how it might develop. This paper will give students a greater ability to contextualise the images that they see and hear daily, and create new forms borrowing from, rather than repeating, the past.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: describe the key points of a number of genres of art forms from a range of cultures; discuss the way in which music, literature, journalism, performing arts, advertising, cinema, and artistic movements have shaped our culture; discuss current developments in contemporary cinema, fine arts, advertising, journalism, performing arts and music; discuss the rise of Māori media; discuss the paths that our culture may take in the future; describe the context of works in relation to their period; describe the relationship between works originating from other periods and cultures to contemporary New Zealand culture; students are encouraged to be more than passive consumers of culture, and become able to articulate clearly their likes and dislikes in a convincing and intelligent manner; describe the fundamentals of critical theory.

BPC120 Research Fundamentals (Level 5) 15 credits

This paper focuses on the skills necessary to research a topic from secondary sources and develop ideas into a format suitable for presentation. Students will identify and analyse information on a selected topic of work, and present their interpretations, suitably referenced.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Research a range of appropriate stories/ articles/ journals/ sites prepared for a variety of publications/ audiences; analyse sufficient information to draw a reasoned conclusion from the work studied; present information drawn from the research in a logical and cohesive method; and document and reference sources in a prescribed way.

BPC130 New Zealand Society (Level 5) 15 credits

The paper focuses on key historical events in New Zealand and what these mean to 21st century society, with particular regard to the impact of the Treaty of Waitangi and the rise of Māori political parties. Students will understand the structure and functions of central and local government in New Zealand, as well as the legal system. Students will also understand the links between business and politics and the economy. They will have knowledge of key legal and economic issues relevant to their area of study.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: describe key historical events in New Zealand’s history, and understand how these events affect society now; describe the structure and functions of central and local government in New Zealand; explain the role of business within New Zealand society; describe the effect of business and politics on the New Zealand economy; understand basic economic principles; demonstrate an understanding of the legal system in New Zealand; and demonstrate an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its impact throughout New Zealand history.

BPC140 Introduction to News Principles (Level 5) 15 credits

This paper introduces students to core journalism. It will give students an understanding of news practices in today’s world, and the history of the news media. It will explain what news is, the processes surrounding news gathering and how news impacts on various sectors of society. The paper will also introduce students to critical analysis of daily news published via a variety of media and learn about the values which drive the selection of news items.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Analyse the development of the news media in the 20th and 21st century; describe the effect of technology on news publication; explain the fourth estate; understand the structure of a newspaper, in print and web-based; describe what news is; discuss the factors which influence and make the news; analyse how news affects society; identify news values, including Galtung and Ruge; explain how journalists cover the news for a variety of media; and discuss citizen journalism and the influence of blogs.

BPC150 Language, Editing and Computer Literacy (Level 5) 15 credits

Students will improve their grammar, spelling, comprehension, and writing skills and this will enable them to create accurate and intelligent pieces of writing, from academic essays and reports, to news stories and press releases. Students will practise editing their own and others’ writing. Students will also learn text processing and computer skills.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Identify good writing; understand grammatical rules and be able to correct various grammatical errors through editing; correct common spelling errors; comprehend and explain different writing genres; write accurately and intelligently; touch type to a speed of 30 words per minute; recognise the issues surrounding OOS and be able to rectify any issues; understand and be able to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Outlook; and be able to navigate the Internet.

BPC170 Introduction to Corporate Communication (Level 5) 15 credits

This paper aims to introduce students to organisational and corporate communication and enable them to explain the relationship between the two. Students will understand the theories and techniques employed in corporate communication, such as corporate image and identity, organisational culture, and promotion and publicity. They will plan, implement, and evaluate corporate communication material and explain the need for two-way communication between both an organisation and its clients and an organisation and its corporate external ‘face’.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Understand both organisational and corporate communication; describe the principles behind organisational and corporate communication; explain the methodology behind organisational and corporate communication plans and strategies; identify the similarities and differences between organisational communication and corporate communication; and how these build on fundamental communication theories; describe and discuss corporate communication theories and techniques; discuss the need for two-way communication between the two; describe external communication methods currently used in the corporate world; research a range of external material from several organisations; write and critique a range of in-house material; describe current internal communication methods; research a range of in-house material from several organisations; and design and write a range of in-house material.

Elective papers – students are required to complete one of the following:

BPC160 Introduction to the Principles of News Broadcasting (Level 5) 15 credits

This paper aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of news broadcasting within radio, websites and television. The paper will also cover field and studio production techniques.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: understand the differences in the way news and current events are handled through the broadcast media in relation to the print media; describe the structure of a radio station; describe the structure of a small television station; explain how radio and television stations operate; describe the effect of technology on broadcasting, including websites and new media; analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each form of broadcast media; understand field and studio production techniques; understand how to record and replay good audio; and understand camera techniques and basic sound and lighting knowledge. 

Elective 1 (Level 5) 15 credits

An elective paper at Level 5 may be taken from a qualification other than SIT Bachelor of Professional Communication – to be approved by the Programme Manager.


Students must complete a total of 120 credits (8 papers) to complete Year Two of the programme. Students must complete Year One or equivalent before commencing Year Two study.

Compulsory papers – students are to complete all of the following:

BPC200 The Communication Strategy (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC100

Students will be able to differentiate between a communications strategy and a communications plan, and be able to align strategy with community outcomes and corporate goals. Students will also be equipped to implement policies and procedures and understand the application of Good Practice Guidelines.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Distinguish between communication strategies and plans; critically examine the alignment of an organisation’s strategies with its outcomes and goals; discuss the implementation of policies and procedures in the communications section of an organisation; explain the application of Good Practice Guidelines in an organisation.

BPC210 Media Relations (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC110

Students will analyse the role of the media in the overall picture of public relations theory and practice. They will develop an understanding of the critical relationship between the public relations practitioner and the media, while providing insights into the different needs of the various media. They will develop the skills and knowledge to work with the media in various situations.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Analyse the role and impact of the news media on public relations; explain the critical relationship between the public relations practitioner and the news media and why this exists; discuss the differing requirements of various media; explain the need to establish media contacts; learn techniques to manage media interviews; evaluate techniques to get one specific message picked up over others; understand how to deal with hostile media; write a media release; establish and maintain a contact list; develop a media kit; manage a media conference.

BPC220 News Writing (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC120 & BPC140

This paper will analyse the New Zealand print media and identify what are current events. Students will learn to write a variety of news stories by investigating several news story structures; to write to a publishable standard; and they will understand the daily requirements of a working journalist.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Analyse broadsheet and tabloid publications; describe the differences between metropolitan and provincial newspapers; identify and evaluate current events; have organisational skills to maintain a diary, assignment list and contacts book; identify news and developing a nose for news; research background and identify sources; gather all the information needed for a balanced news story; write the story to a publishable standard; meet deadlines; demonstrate the importance of and the types of intros; demonstrate the various story structures; identify which works best for various types of stories.

BPC230 Working in a Political Environment (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC130

Students will understand the political framework of local and central government in New Zealand, including election processes, roles and responsibilities. Students will also be able to explain the difference between representative, deliberative and participative democracy and the concept of management versus governance.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Explain the New Zealand political framework and election processes especially MMP; explain the obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi as they relate to both local and central government; characterise the roles and responsibilities of elected and list representatives; discuss the relationship between local and central government; differentiate between representative, deliberative and participative democracy; compare and contrast management and governance.

BPC240 Media Law and Ethics (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC140

Students will investigate the aspects of New Zealand law which relate to journalism in all its forms. In particular, it will highlight defamation, privacy, and trespass. Students will also understand the role of ethics in the media and be able to critically analyse ethical decisions such as the use of deception and invasion of privacy.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Understand defamation, its defences and remedies; explain the trespass law and how it affects journalists; explain what effect the Broadcasting Act and the NZ Press Council have; investigate the Human Rights Act and its meaning for the media industry; explain contempt of court v protection of sources; investigate the Privacy Act and analyse its effect on the media; understand obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi; understand New Zealand court structure and procedures; understand parliamentary privilege and how it applies; understand how embargoes work; describe the purpose and function of the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994; describe issues raised by the Internet relating to copyright; demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of contract law; explain the difference between ethics and morals both personally and professionally; understand principles, values and virtues as they relate to ethics; analyse various ethical issues; analyse freedom of the press in NZ; debate the public’s right to know i.e. the public interest; understand which Codes of Ethics apply in New Zealand today; apply ethical decision-making strategies in various scenarios to reach a decision; debate ethical decisions made by the media; investigate sensationalism and media manipulation in the New Zealand media; examine how embargoes apply and whether these work.

BPC250 Internet Utilisation (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC150

Students will be able to explain the use of the internet to observe issues, and gather and research information to develop for publication or broadcast. They will explain issues and challenges related to gathering material from internet sites; gather material from the internet; and select and write information for publication on an internet site.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Debate the use of internet sites, search engines, multimedia sources, and a variety of social media for gathering material; observe issues, and gather and research information for developing story ideas demonstrating an ability to sift credible material from non-credible; explain the challenges of gathering and reformatting material from internet sites including compliance with copyright laws and intellectual property issues; discuss the proper use of images taken from the internet; discuss the management of unfavourable, or incorrect, organisational or personal information which may be published and made publicly available via the internet; publish material according to a protocol on an internet site.

BPC270 Public Relations (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC170

Students will study how the area of public relations is used as a way of communicating specific messages to specific target audiences. They will evaluate a range of public relations activities and be able to identify and use public relations (PR) tools and tactics. They will learn how to adapt their writing style to each particular public relations element.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Define public relations; discuss the history and future of public relations in NZ; describe various public relations techniques; research for a public relations strategy; describe PR practices in various areas, such as Government, financial and investor, publicity and media, internal and employee, community and social responsibility, marketing, issue and crisis management and fundraising; identify PR solutions for various situations including those where cultural responsive is required; evaluate and measure PR success in a variety of applications; put together an audio-visual or video presentation for the purposes of PR; organise a persuasive display; write a speech; put together a lobbying package; create a brochure.

Elective papers – students are required to complete one of the following:

BPC260 Presenting Professionally (Level 6) 15 credits

A study of the principles, strategies and methods of professional presentation for use in business and organisational settings. This course will cover oral communication in a technological environment and include the use of a variety of devices to make presentations.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Explain the theoretical and practical issues involved with creating and delivering effective presentations; demonstrate presentation skills in a variety of public speaking modes and in speech communication contexts that are common in organisations and working life; demonstrate presentation skills appropriate to the audience, including in differing cultural environments; identify, explain and employ strategies to reduce communication apprehension; explain and demonstrate the effective use of media to support presentations; demonstrate the ability to create speeches through concept-generation, planning, scripting and realisation; identify, describe and employ effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills in public speaking; critically evaluate your own and others’ public speaking performances.

  • Prerequisite: BPC160

Elective 2 (Level 5/6) 15 credits

An elective paper at Level 5 or 6 may be taken from a qualification other than SIT Bachelor of Professional Communication – to be approved by the Programme Manager.


Students must complete a total of 120 credits (8 papers) to complete Year Three of the programme. Students must complete Year Two or equivalent before commencing Year Three study.

Elective papers – students are required to complete eight of the following:

BPC300 Change Communication (Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC200

Students will be able to analyse and explain the components and risks of organisational change. They will understand the importance of understanding the culture of an organisation and how to identify and collaborate with partners and establish relationships with stakeholders to effect successful internal change.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Discuss organisational culture and its components; assess organisational vision and values and their relationship to its culture; discuss risks and risk management in organisational change; evaluate the impact of internal and external change factors to an organisation; formulate collaboration strategies for relationship establishment; assess the success of the decision making process.

BPC310 Crisis and Emergency Communication
(Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC210 & BPC220

Students will be able to identify potential crises for organisations, and transfer the threat into an opportunity with pro-active crisis planning and the use of PR practices. They will be able to manage crises for various organisations and develop the necessary knowledge to evaluate the results, assessing ethical issues and social responsibilities.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Identify potential organisational crises; evaluate the threat to good reputation in a crisis; manage issues before they become crises; explain how to transfer a potential threat into an opportunity; carry out pro-active crisis planning; establish critical rules in a crisis; practise communication skills to manage crises; access and work with the media to manage a crisis; critically evaluate the result and assess for improvement; identify the essential tasks of the Public Information Manager; apply crisis and emergency communication management techniques to an emergency event; utilise any accessible media to aid communications; evaluate and critique the results.

BPC311 Event Management (Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC210 & BPC270

Students will analyse recent publicity for major events and develop an event from concept to fruition, including the marketing and management of it. They will critically evaluate the success or otherwise of their event and reflect on various elements of event management.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to:  analyse various publicity events nationally and globally; understand the event planning process; analyse and evaluate the different components involved in organising an event; understand consumer behaviour principles and apply them to planning an event; analyse and evaluate the different components involved in running an event; identify possible problems/risks within an event; propose strategies to minimise associated risks; develop a media plan using all appropriate media to publicise the event; write media releases; run an actual event; evaluate and critique that event including the media plan; reflect on event management practices and components in relation to event.

BPC330 Relationships, Influence and Leadership
(Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisite: BPC230 

Students will be able to recognise and maximise their role in influencing decision makers and understand how to use influential tactics. They will understand some of the theories attached to influencing decision-making and know when to apply these to situations. Leadership and its qualities as opposed to management, will be examined as will the relationship between leaders and those who seek to influence them.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to:  Understand the theory/ies behind influence in the corporate and governmental sense; examine their professional role in a sphere of influence; identify and critique tactics for effective influence in their workplace; understand the key theories relating to leadership; understand the difference between management and leadership; research and apply appropriate influential arguments in a given situation; analyse own leadership style for further development; evaluate interactions between different agencies and sectors including boundaries; understand the hierarchies in relationships in corporate and government settings and how much impact certain relationships can have on decision making.

BPC350 Advanced Internet Utilisation in the Media (Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC240 & BPC250

Students will understand the impact of the Internet on journalism, including citizen journalism and blogs. Students will critically analyse news sites on the world-wide web; evaluate website credibility; and investigate newsgroups. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of internet processes and tools, and explore writing for the internet in practical contexts using multi-media applications.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Explain the development of journalism on the web over the past 20 years; discuss critically the advent of citizen journalists, bloggers, and opinion piece writers; examine journalism’s role represented in a variety of ‘new’ media; demonstrate knowledge of communication law and copyright as these apply to the Internet; present critical analysis of several news sites, both nationally and internationally, compared to ‘first world’ news values; argue for and against changes in traditional journalism brought by the Internet; investigate newsgroups; demonstrate understanding of internet processes and tools; discuss the impact of the wide variety of images now used on the Internet; demonstrate knowledge of effective searching techniques; write a blog; write an opinion piece; write a story for a news website; reflect on the differences in writing styles brought by the Internet.

BPC351 e-Government (Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC230 & BPC250

Students will be able to critically analyse the role of social/digital media in government communication and its influences/impacts. Students will also be able to assess concepts such as e-engagement, e-consultation, etc. in the development of e-Government in NZ.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Summarise legislation surrounding e-Government (e.g. Electronic Transaction Act, Privacy Act, Copyright Act, etc.); assess the legislative implications on the development of e-Government sites; evaluate the difference between guidelines and requirements; consider the role of guidelines in web development for government agencies; evaluate different social media sites for effectiveness; analyse the role of social media in the communication process.

BPC370 Reputation and Brand Management (Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC260 & BPC270

Students will understand the components of reputation and brand and how these are protected in a political setting. Students will also be able to identify risks and develop strategies for brand protection.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Identify a brand, its components and what makes it strong; debate the meaning and value of reputation in a political context; identify the risks to both; develop strategies for brand protection; evaluate various tactics and when these tactics should be employed; generate solutions to mitigate possible risks to brand or reputation.

BPC371 Community engagement (Level 7) 15 credits

  • Prerequisites: BPC210 & BPC270

Students will understand and be able to strategise for the differences between community engagement, consultation and communication. Students will also be able to understand the decision making process and how they can contribute to this.

On successful completion of this paper students will be able to: Differentiate between community engagement, consultation and communication; propose and enact relevant models for engagement, consultation and communication; incorporate Matauranga Māori into engagement, consultation and communication as appropriate; evaluate facilitation techniques for different occasions; critique differing processes and models; examine and generate solutions from current examples.

Elective 3 (Level 5/6/7) 15 credits

An elective paper at Level 5, 6 or 7 may be taken from a qualification other than SIT Bachelor of Professional Communication – to be approved by the Programme Manager.

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration cost of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme - applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2019 cost (NZ$) $7.50 per credit + admin cost $50.00 per application (e.g. $750.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST.

International Students $100.00 per credit

Payments must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration cost of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer cost. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on  0800 88 99 00 or

Study to be an effective communicator, researcher, writer and leader. Covering a wide range of topics such as media culture, news broadcasting, communication strategies, politics, law, ethics, event management, brand management, and crisis and emergency management, you will learn transferable skills to help you in any career, from media organisations to government and private enterprise.

Application by Academic Qualification

Application by Academic Qualification

School Leavers:

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3. Three subjects at Level 3 made up of:

  • 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and 
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: five credits in reading five credits in writing, and 
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)


Applicants over 20 years:

  • Be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience; or
  • Completion of an external or overseas qualification, which is considered to be the equivalent of any of the above qualifications, as approved by the Head of Faculty.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  • Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above

Suggested study path / combinations

Each year must be completed before moving onto the next year of the programme. Papers may be studied in any order, as long as prerequisites are completed as required.

Full time study

Full time study is completing 60 credits (four papers) per intake. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. The recommended maximum number of credits per intake compared to working hours are:

  • 37+ hours per week = maximum of 30 credits per intake
  • 20 – 37 hours per week = maximum of 45 credits per intake
  • Fewer than 20 hours per week = maximum of 60 credits per intake (full time study)

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questionssection
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content)
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • Year one papers must be completed before commencing year two papers and year two papers must be completed before commencing year three papers
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and will attach a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Bachelor of Professional Communication, they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 360 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is ten years.

Assessments for this programme may include written assessments, presentations, reports and online examinations.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study