New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Intermediate applied health sciences) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

Intake 3: 17 June 2019 to 11 October 2019 - Applications Close 27 May 2019

Intake 4: 12 August 2019 to 06 December 2019 - Applications Close 22 July 2019


17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 60

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to employment or further training in the applied health sciences sector.
  • Provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies or employment in applied health sciences

AHS200 Applied measurement and data analysis (5 credits)

AHS201 Chemistry in the human body (7 credits)

AHS202 Human metabolism (4 credits)

AHS203 Cells and tissues of the human body (5 credits)

AHS204 Health promotion in differing cultural settings (15 credits)

AHS205 Applied health sciences careers (5 credits)

AHS206 Human cardiovascular system (3 credits)

AHS207 Human respiratory system (3 credits)

AHS208 Human musculoskeletal system (2 credits)

AHS209 Human digestive system (2 credits)

AHS210 Human integumentary system (1 credit)

AHS211 Human urinary system (2 credits)

AHS212 Human reproductive system (2 credits)

AHS213 Human special senses (4 credits)


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 fee 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.

Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2019 Cost (NZ$)

$7.00 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application  (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

$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 fee 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 fee. 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

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply to context-relevant tasks and problems.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on context-relevant academic tasks and problems.
  • Construct a reasoned and researched argument, communicated using a range of appropriate media.
  • Develop and critique a study and career plan that identifies specific long-term career goals.

All Applicants
Applicants should demonstrate a likelihood of success in the programme of study. Likelihood of success may be demonstrated through a variety of means, including: relevant work experience (e.g. CV), letter of intent, achievement of NCEA standards in human biology, or an interview

School Leavers:
Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 3.

Applicants over 20 years
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 3 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 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, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:IELTS test – General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

  • IELTS test – General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 530 (with an essay score 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill.  OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • NZCEL – Level 3 with General, Workplace, or Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 42
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42

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

  1. 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
  2. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  3. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years. 

Full time study

Full time study is completing all fourteen papers (60 credits) in one 17 week intake. This requires around 35 hours of study per week for the duration of the intake.

Full time acceptance in to the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion, and is not guaranteed.

Part time study

The number of papers you select to study per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. 

All work for a paper must be completed during the intake in which you are enrolled in it. If you do not complete the paper within the intake, you must re-enrol in the paper in a later intake.

 The example study plans beside are guides only; you are free to select fewer, or more, papers per intake, as time allows. Use the ‘Study Load Calculator’ table on the following page to calculate approximately how many hours per week you will require for your chosen study plan.


Light study load (2 years to complete

Average study load (1 – 1.5 years to complete

Full time study load

First enrolment

AHS200 (5 credits)

AHS201 (7 credits)

12 credits

AHS200 (5 credits)

AHS201 (7 credits)

AHS202 (4 credits)

AHS203 (5 credits)

21 credits

AHS200 (5 credits)

AHS201 (7 credits)

AHS202 (4 credits)

AHS203 (5 credits)

AHS204 (15 credits)

AHS205 (5 credits)

AHS206 (3 credits)

AHS207 (3 credits)

AHS208 (2 credits)

AHS209 (2 credits)

AHS210 (1 credit)

AHS211 (2 credits)

AHS212 (2 credits)

AHS213 (4 credits)

60 credits

Second enrolment

AHS202 (4 credits)

AHS203 (5 credits)

9 credits

AHS204 (15 credits)

AHS205 (5 credits)

20 credits


Third enrolment

AHS204 (15 credits)

15 credits

AHS206 (3 credits)

AHS207 (3 credits)

AHS208 (2 credits)

AHS209 (2 credits)

AHS210 (1 credit)

AHS211 (2 credits)

AHS212 (2 credits)

AHS213 (4 credits)

19 credits


Fourth enrolment

AHS205 (5 credits)

AHS206 (3 credits)

8 credits


Fifth enrolment

AHS207 (3 credits

AHS208 (2 credits)

AHS209 (2 credits)

AHS210 (1 credit)

AHS211 (2 credits)

10 credits


Sixth enrolment

AHS212 (2 credits)

AHS213 (4 credits)

6 credits


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. 

Credit Transfers

Some NZQA unit standards meet the requirements for their corresponding paper in this programme. If you have previously completed a unit standard with a similar title and/ or content to one of the papers listed above, please contact SIT2LRN administration to see if that unit can be credit transferred into the programme to replace its corresponding paper.

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 Questions section
  • 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)
  • 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 attached 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 to

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.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) full-time over six months or part-time over two years.

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

Assessments for this programme include online tests and written, short answer assessments. There are no external exams for this programme.

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