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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Design

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Education Studies

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree or degree-equivalent, practical, professional or scholarly experience (e.g., technical writers, higher educators, graphic designers, librarians, scientists, corporate trainers, human resources, software developers, Kaiako Māori and others involved in training or education).

Additional to the above, applicants will submit the following as part of their application for entry onto the programme:
- A structured resume or CV

International students whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (Academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0, or equivalent, from one test taken in the preceding two years.

Selection Criteria
In the case that there are more applicants than places available, candidates will be given preference based on a first come first served basis and on the below:
- Within the past three years, having been employed in the training and development sector (e.g., government, education, or corporate sectors) and had a substantial role in designing or developing learning experiences.
- Strength of the answered questions supplied during application and structured resume or CV.
- Interviews may be held where further information is required.

This will provide the best initial indicator of the applicant's level and experience in learning design and development and their potential aptitude for working within a learning design environment.

Where the number of successful applicants exceeds places available, a waiting list will be maintained, and students will be offered a position in waiting list order if one becomes vacant.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This programme provides both the education and training sectors with professionals who can critically apply and analyse learning theories, select appropriate learning technologies, and project manage in the context of instructional design. Graduates will integrate these skills and knowledge to design and develop engaging, quality learning experiences within corporate, government, and private sectors.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Design fills a gap that is present in learning design education in New Zealand and is targeted at a variety of learning and teaching professionals (e.g., technical writers, higher educators, graphic designers, librarians, scientists, corporate trainers, human resources, software developers and others involved in training or education).

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Curriculum and Education Studies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Whanganui Trust Scholarships and Education Grants

Provided by:

Whanganui Trust - The Secretary



Up to $500 (see "Additional Information").

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Ernest William File Scholarship

Provided by:

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara - Scholarships



$2,000 each

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786
Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870
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