Free courses for youth

At Lakeland Learning, we offer a number of free courses all of which provide credits towards your NCEA. So whether you are looking to complete NCEA level 1 or 2 or to progress from one of our programmes to Level 3, we've got you covered.

To be eligible for our free courses, you must be aged 16-19 at the time of enrolment. Students aged 15 may be accepted with an Early Leaving Exemption. You must not have completed NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. 

The level 3 programme has limited places and preference is given to students who have already completed a level 1 and/or level 2 programme at Lakeland Learning. 

So what can we help with? Take a look at our courses below...

Foundation skills / NCEA Level 1

This programme provides you with 60 credits towards NCEA Level 1, including all the credits you need for your NCEA literacy and numeracy. Once you have completed the 60 credits, you will be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills, Level 1. At this stage you will progress on to one of our two Level 2 programmes, which will provide you with the remaining credits you need to be awarded NCEA Level 1.

NCEA Level 2

You have a choice of two courses at this level, both of which provide you with the credits you need to achieve NCEA Level 2.

You may choose to study a stand alone NCEA with the Service Industries Vocational Pathways Endorsement, or alternatively a 60 credit course leading to NCEA and The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills at Level 2.

If you choose to study NCEA with the Service Industries Vocational Pathway Endorsement, your study will focus on travel and tourism, retail and customer service, and business. 

If you choose to study NCEA alongside the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills at Level 2, you will undertake a research project that develops your reading, research, speaking, report writing, and computer skills, along with numeracy skills that are developed within the context of personal financial literacy.

Tourism / NCEA level 3

At Level 3 we offer the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism, which provides you with 60 credits that can also be used to achieve your NCEA Level 3.

This course covers all the foundation skills required in travel and tourism. Work experience is a necessary component, unless you are already working in the tourism industry, and you are expected to complete self-directed study.

This programme has limited places and preference is given to students who have already completed a level 1 and/or level 2 programme at Lakeland Learning. 

Our Level 3 programme is proudly supported by Wairakei Resort, Taupo.

What our students do next....

As students complete their programmes of study with us, we work with them to figure out what their future direction might be. We have a qualified career advisor on site who can help with this, free of charge. We also make sure students have a quality CV.

Once finished, our students typically gain employment, progress to polytechnic or university, join the forces, or secure apprenticeships.

How Can We Help?

If you're interested in achieving your NCEA, we'd love to hear from you. Simply text or phone Helen on 027 350 0908, or FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM, and we'll be in touch fast!

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What people say about us.....

"What an amazing team of women you are! Thank you for empowering our kids with self esteem and can-do attitudes. Your hard work is so appreciated. What beautiful souls you are"

Paula (parent)

"Bless you all for inspiring my grand daughter to believe in herself and her ability to learn. With all my eternal thanks"

Lyn (grandmother)

"Helen is an amazing teacher, and I'm glad I am here!!"

Dayna (student)

"This course has given me the education and hope that school could not"

Alina (student)

"This course is helping me with my goals and getting them done quickly"

Dylan (student)

Our level 3 programme is proudly supported by

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Aria Wylie with her tutor, Helen Bateman

Aria was the winner of the Taupo District Outstanding Adult Learner Award