Temporary programme changes for Auckland providers

27 August 2020

NZQA understands that some providers in Auckland are concerned about students not being able to complete their programme of study this year, as a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The disruption caused may affect a provider’s ability to deliver programmes due to class size restrictions and students not being able to undertake practicums and work placements.

There are a number of temporary programme modification options available to providers to help address disruptions to practicums and work placements within their programmes. When considering these options, providers need to be confident that learners can still achieve the appropriate learning outcomes.

Potential options include: 

  • Reducing the practical experience hours required and replacing with theory learning.
  • Temporarily relaxing requirements for work placements, e.g. allowing students to undertake work placements in their own workplace.
  • Allowing students to continue their work placements from home, via video conferencing.
  • Rescheduling practical elements of their programmes (pushing back work placements and bringing forward theory learning).

Providers in Auckland requiring temporary programme change approvals to enable students to complete their programme of study are advised to contact NZQA on covid19.enquiries@nzqa.govt.nz

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