Get ready for police selection
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, or part-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks).
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Police StudiesProgramme code: NZ2863
International feesNot available to international students
Explore the free options available for this programme, and check your eligibility:
Do you want a career in the New Zealand Police? Not sure if you have the essential skills to make the grade?
Get a head start on meeting the requirements you need to get accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College. You will also develop the self-management skills you need to succeed in your training to become a police officer.
Our classrooms are supportive learning environments that will help you become more confident and independent.
In order to be accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College you must meet their selection criteria which includes being over 18 years, being able to pass a police check, and having a full drivers licence.
You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.
“Our programme is designed to prepare students to be the best they can for the New Zealand Police criteria.
We train everyday and in some capacity they are either training on the roads around the local community, on the police competencies course, in the gym, in the swimming pool where the meet the New Zealand Swim certification, and they are in the classroom.
The students really show the desire and enthusiasm to be wearing blue.”
MIT Head of School
“I want to become a police officer because I want to give back to my community. I've always wanted to go out there and serve my people.
My advice is just give it a go, you won't know what it's like unless you try. I didn't know what it was going to be like until I enrolled and I've come here and I've enjoyed it. I've learnt a lot and met a lot of new friends.”
“We can provide students that are interested in the policing career path with skills in numeracy, literacy and the physical components needed to meet entry. You will get a deeper understanding of the recruitment process and we often get in external speakers from the police who talk to you about what it looks like and what you will go through.
It's fun and we have a lot of great lecturers here, you can also meet other strong minded people that share the same career interests as you.
Everyone at MIT is very supportive and it's a great place to be.”
Open entry for domestic students
There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
Give yourself credit
Did you know you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to your advantage?
Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other provider’s qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – not only saving you money but also helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.
You will need to complete the below three courses (60 credits):
141.324 Mathematics in practice (police studies) (15 credits)
Develop and expand the students' knowledge and understanding of numeracy through authentic learning experiences in the area of Police Studies in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination in the NZ Police.
161.318 Pathway projects (police studies) (30 credits)
Progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this and the Numeracy and Literacy courses through authentic learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination in the Police Studies field.
Pathway Projects may be split into two courses
181.340 Communication in practice (police studies) (15 credits)
Develop and expand the students’ knowledge and understanding of literacy through authentic learning experiences in the Police Studies field, in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination in the NZ Police.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Further training or study
The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Police Studies will help prepare you for application to the New Zealand Police.
If you decide to continue with further training in sport or social work, study options are:
- New Zealand Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Community Healthwork and Mental Health and Addiction Support
- New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Education and Social Sciences
- New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)
Pathway to meet entry requirements into New Zealand Police.
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 11 May 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.