New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6

Intake 3: 10 June 2019 to 04 October 2019 - Applications Close 20 May 2019

Intake 4: 05 August 2019 to 29 November 2019 - Applications Close 15 July 2019


One year full-time

Up to three years part-time (part-time study is recommended)

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 120

Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to leading or managing staff and/or processes in the adult and tertiary teaching sector.

Produce dedicated, professional practitioners who hold a qualification which is well regarded by employers in the adult and tertiary teaching sector.

Provide a pathway for graduate and post-graduate qualifications

ATT100 Theoretical Principles of Adult Learning (6 credits)
This paper undertakes a critical analysis of selected theories and concepts of learning applicable to the adult learning experience, learning styles, motivation in adult education programmes, and workplace learning.

ATT101 Learning design for dynamic contexts  (18 credits)
This paper provides learners with the critical knowledge and skills to undertake learning design which is adaptable and responsive to differing contexts and environments.

ATT102 Meeting the needs of diverse learners and contexts  (15 credits)
This paper provides learners with the critical knowledge and skills to undertake learning design which is adaptable and responsive to differing contexts and environments.

ATT103 Culturally safe and inclusive adult learning environments in New Zealand  (5 credits)
This paper provides learners with an understanding of a values-based educational environment in a New Zealand setting, which incorporates respect for the mana and diverse cultural backgrounds of learners.

ATT104 Manage adult learning events  (10 credits)
This paper provides learners with skills and knowledge necessary for the successful planning and organisation of learning events, including reflection of learning event outcomes for future endeavours.

ATT105 Professional practice and leadership in adult learning (10 credits)
This paper provides learners with skills and knowledge necessary to implement effective leadership practices in the management of provision for adult learning opportunities.

ATT106 Leading and supporting other practitioners an adult learning environment (It is recommended that ATT106 be taken after, or in the same intake as, ATT105, but not before ATT105) (10 credits)
This paper provides learners with skills and knowledge necessary to implement effective leadership practices, which are underpinned by kaitiakitanga, in the provision for adult learning opportunities.

ATT107 Promote teaching environments that give primacy to learners  (10 credits)
This paper provides learners with skills and knowledge necessary to promote adult learning environments which give primacy to the learners.

ATT108 Decision-making, innovation and change in the adult learning environment  (10 credits)
 This paper enables learners to undertake critical reflection and analysis of own practice with regards to decision-making, innovation and change, evaluating different methodologies for implementation.

ATT109 Quality assurance in assessment of adult learning (15 credits)
This paper provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake quality assurance in assessment and to reflect upon effectiveness of quality assurance processes in own practice.

ATT110 Design and evaluation of assessment materials in adult learning  (15 credits)
This paper provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to design and evaluate adult learning assessment materials in the context of stakeholder and organisational requirements and to implement processes for continuous improvement of assessment materials.

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$) $7.00 per credit + admin cost $50.00 per application (e.g. $700.00 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

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Design for learning to meet specified learning outcomes in dynamic contexts
  • Promote teaching environments that give primacy to learners
  • Explore and implement facilitation and teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and contexts.
  • Select and implement assessment and consistency management and processes
  • Undertake kaitiakitanga in an adult and tertiary teaching environment
  • Provide leadership and professional support to other practitioners working both within and across programmes.
  • Analyse the educational environment and apply knowledge as a basis for influencing own and others’ decision-making, innovation and change 

All Applicants:

Applicants for this programme of study must have access to adult (e.g. over the age of 18) learners in order to enable them to undertake learning and reflection in an authentic setting

Applicants over 20 years:

A qualification and/or equivalent work experience in a vocation or field in which they currently, or would like to, teach. 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 5 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 - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and 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:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. 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
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years. 

Suggested study path/combinations

Part time study is recommended for this qualification.

The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. The recommended maximum study load per intake is 30 credits.

Subject to prerequisites, which are outlined in the information provided, units may be studied in any order.

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. 

Cross Credits

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT.  This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at:

Unspecified Cross Credits

If you have completed unit standards in Adult Education or Adult Literacy and Numeracy, which are not listed on the application form, you may be eligible for an unspecified cross credit. Please refer to the National Programme Document ( or contact your administrator for more details. Granting of unspecified cross credits is at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

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 confirm I have approval from my employer/organisation/a tertiary education provider to access adults for teaching, assessment, and evaluation purposes for the duration of my studies.
  • 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 - a copy of either your birth certificate AND (marriage certificate if applicable) or passport which has been stamped and signed by any one of the following:  JP, Barrister, Court Deputy Registrar, Member of Parliament, Land Transport NZ, Public Trust, member of the New Zealand Police, School Principal, Minister of Religion or GP.
  • 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 Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6) full-time over one year or part-time over four years.

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

Assessments for this programme typically include discussion board postings, written reports and preparation and delivery of learning sessions to adult learners. There are no exams for this programme. Assessments posted to the facilitator will not be returned and will be destroyed after 12 months.

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