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Delivery of the Programmes

FAQ - What are the considerations?

I want to deliver the NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 qualification.  What do I need to do?

1.  You will need to have a trained teacher to oversee/deliver the Foundation Level 1 qualification. This person will be the named SPEC co-ordinator for the school.

The named co-ordinator must attend a SPEC training session as they will be responsible for the internal moderation of the student portfolios prior to external

verification.  They will also be responsible for in house training of other staff involved in the SPEC programme delivery so it is essential to be able to relay

accurate information.

2. The school needs to be a SPEC member.  Print off a Membership Form from the “how to Join’ button above, and read the Terms and Conditions before signing.

 Fax or scan/email back to the SPEC office.  SPEC will contact the school and confirm arrangements.

3.  The school will need to apply for NZQA Accreditation to deliver the approved programme leading to the New Zealand qualification.   

This is done electronically by the school’s principal’s nominee.  It requires information about staffing, resources, time allocation, a letter from SPEC and CV’s.

Details can be found on the NZQA website or through your sector relationship manager.  SPEC is able to provide a sample of what is required.  Please email for further information.

How many hours will need to be allocated to run the qualification?

You must remember that you are delivering a New Zealand qualification rather than just a SPEC programme, so in order to provide the best possible outcomes,

there needs to be an allocation of sufficient notional hours of contact time.

As this is a 60 credit qualification, that equates to 600 notional hours of work.  Many schools offer this in two options lines over a two year period, many starting at

year 10, finishing the qualification in year 11.  Students would continue with other NCEA subjects to make up their full school programme during this time.

Can students also gain credits towards NCEA through the Foundation qualification ?


However there is a  consideration to think about and discuss. For students who are struggling to achieve NCEA Level 1, why would we be expecting them to now gain

two Level 1 qualifications?

Currently it is possible to use unit standards from the Core Generic selection, that  fit’ into the Foundation qualification, and therefore students can then use

these credits towards NCEA.  The 60 credits that make up the Foundation qualification are not transferable through the SPEC programme.  SPEC has had their

programme approved without having to use unit standards to award the qualification.  Assessment is completed through a student portfolio of evidence.

The very latest news from NZQA is that the core generic unit standards are being reviewed between June-Aug 2017, and new ones designed to better service the

outcomes of the new Foundation qualifications.  When this is complete this will mean that students will be able to gain the Foundation qualification through the

SPEC programme, and in addition, gain credits towards NCEA Level 1-2  without having to complete additional work.

The list of relevant standards is included in the Foundation Teacher’s Guidelines.

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