Guidance for providers about enrolling students transitioning from NZNC

17 Jan 2018

This information sheet has been prepared for tertiary education organisations who are considering offering a place to students transitioning from New Zealand National College (NZNC) who were enrolled on the Diploma in Business (Level 7).

Cancellation of registration
NZNC’s registration as a private training establishment has been cancelled, so it can no longer provide the programmes that it was delivering.

Students who were enrolled on the Diploma in Business (Level 7) at NZNC can no longer continue their studies with NZNC.

Any provider considering offering a place to a student transitioning from NZNC should ensure (as always) that they support the student to make well-informed enrolment decisions that are appropriate for the student’s expectations, English language proficiency, and academic capability.

Students’ English proficiency
Some NZNC students have a valid international English proficiency test result. However, in other cases, NZNC enrolled students without having ensured that they met the minimum English proficiency requirements.

Any provider offering a place to a student transitioning from NZNC must take care to obtain valid and robust evidence that the student has the necessary English proficiency for the programme they are seeking to enrol in, and be prepared to provide evidence of this to NZQA on request.

Students’ achievement at NZNC
There were serious issues identified with NZNC’s assessment practices in the Diploma in Business (Level 7). Many of the assessments NZNC marked as a ‘pass’ should not have been passed.

As a result, the students who were enrolled at NZNC at the time of the closure cannot automatically be awarded credit towards a qualification based on credit they gained while they were enrolled at NZNC.

Assuming that a thorough pre-enrolment process has been carried out, there is nothing to prevent a provider from agreeing to conduct a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment to determine whether a student has valid and authentic evidence of meeting particular learning outcomes.

Providers must ensure that any such RPL assessment is robust and well documented, and be prepared to provide evidence of this to NZQA on request.

Alternatively, providers may determine that it is more appropriate to enrol students at the beginning of a programme.

Fee considerations
Diploma in Business (Level 7) students affected by the NZNC closure are receiving a full refund of fees paid to NZNC. All usual legislative requirements apply to providers offering a place to NZNC students.

Visa considerations
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is aware of the circumstances of the NZNC closure. Providers can direct any enquiries about visas to INZ.

Who to contact with queries

Immigration New Zealand

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