Otago Polytechnic

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Bridging certificate to business diploma or degree



One semester full-time; part-time options

On campus 

February and July, 2019
by 30 January and 30 June
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 July 2019
Do you want to prepare for further tertiary business studies at diploma or degree level?

Then this is the perfect option!

Successful completion of this programme will give you the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) and will guarantee you entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or the Bachelor of Applied Management. Pathway options into the Bachelor of Information Technology and other Otago Polytechnic diploma and degrees are also available. 

During this programme, you will gain the skills required for higher level learning and an understanding of the expectations of diploma- and degree-level study. You will develop your academic reading and writing, an understanding of the research process, build your computer skills and refine your time management skills. By exploring and developing your personal learning style, you will gain confidence in your abilities.   

Entry requirements 
  • Open entry.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study. Click here for equivalent academic entry requirements by country.  

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills. 

You will study 
Course name Description Credits

Skills for Successful Tertiary Study


Prepare for successful tertiary study


Building Communication Competence


Learn how to effectively use a variety
of communication strategies to support
your learning and your future career
pathway in New Zealand


Academic Communication


Develop your academic reading, writing
and research skills in a business context.
Learners will develop skills to plan and write
a variety of context relevant documents.


Introduction to Research 


Become equipped with the information 
literacy skills required for tertiary studies 
in business contexts. 





Your workload

You will be required to undertake approximately 16 hours per week of directed study in the form of lectures and practical work sessions. It is expected that you will contribute equal hours of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the Certificate.

Student loans and allowances 

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz

Recognition of prior learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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