FAQs

  1.  How do I apply to study at SPCNM?
    Enrolments are open for our 2020 Bachelor of Natural Medicine and Personal Interest programmes from 9 am Monday 16 September until 4:30 pm Friday 15 November 2019. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on our website. You’ll be emailed login details for the Enrolment 2020 course on our learning management system – Moodle.
  2. Can my enrolment application fee be paid with my course fees?
    No, the application fee of $100 including GST, must be paid at the time of submitting your application. This fee is non-refundable.
  3. What prerequisites are there to enrolling?
    We have English language requirements and require students to have NCEA Level 3 in Chemistry or equivalent (see below).
    Along with completing your enrolment form, please ensure that you submit all of the documentation and items required (and detailed in our Enrolment 2020 course on Moodle), so that we are able to process your application.
  4. Please provide more details about the English language requirements.
    For those under 20 at time of application, applicants must have NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in English.
    Where English is a second language, applicants must provide evidence of a current IELTS certificate with an Academic IELTS overall band standard of 6.5 (with no individual band with a score less than 6.0) or equivalent at the time of enrolment. Alternative evidence may be in the form of a current TOEFL Certificate or proof of primary and secondary schooling through the medium of English.
  5. What do I need to do if I do not have the prerequisite NCEA Level 3 or equivalent Chemistry qualification?
    We have set up an Introduction to Biological Chemistry section in our Enrolment 2020 course on Moodle. This includes a practice quiz (limited to 3 attempts) so that you can see the level of knowledge that is expected. Work through the course material at your own pace to ensure that you are able to achieve the passing grade of 90% in the prerequisite quiz on the day of your interview.
  6. How long will it take me to complete my degree?
    Our recommended study pathways allow you to take between 3 years (full-time), to 4 or 5 years (part-time in Year One & Two, full-time in Year Three). Take a good look at the course descriptions (outlining our 24 compulsory Bachelor of Natural Medicine courses) and recommended pathways in our Enrolment 2020 course on Moodle.
  7. What is the difference between part-time and full-time study?
    Part-time students have the same level of course attendance or access as full-time students in each course. However, they study fewer courses per year.
    Either four courses per semester OR seven or eight courses per year constitute full-time study. You will need to be studying full-time to be eligible for a Student Allowance (if you meet Studylink’s other requirements). See the Studylink website for details.
  8. Can I study some courses on-campus and some on-line, if I live in Auckland?
    Yes. You will need to decide what option to take for each course and identify this when you enrol. Please note, you will be in clinic full-time in Year 3. All courses are available on-campus only in Year 3.
    Once you are enrolled, you will need to maintain on-campus attendance or on-line access, and you can’t pick and choose what option you will take. You can formally apply to change, if need be. There is a charge of $50.00 per course including GST to do so.
  9. Is there any compulsory attendance for on-line students?
    We highly recommend that you attend our on-site weekends for on-line students, which we hold four times per year (one per term). These are not compulsory but very beneficial, especially to meet your fellow students. The required hours of on-line study are between 8 – 12 hours per course per week. This is the equivalent of the on-campus attendance requirements and is monitored by staff every week.
  10. What support is provided for students?
    There is a forum for each on-line course for you to ask your lecturer questions and interact with your classmates. You may also email your lecturer directly with questions specific to your circumstances. We have dedicated staff members to assist you with academic support and pastoral care – including Moodle issues, help with referencing and research, and support with personal issues that may impact your studies. We also encourage you to set up a study group with other students. You also have access to a counsellor.
    Our Kaiarahi Hotaka programme provides mentoring and support for Māori and Pasifika students. All students are invited to join health and wellness sessions hosted by Kaiarahi Hataka participants each week during term.
    During our on-site weekends for on-line students (see above), we invite on-campus students to join the on-line students and staff for a social event twice a year.
  11. How much are the course fees each year?
    Please see the Fees Schedule. Fees for a domestic student are $770.00 including GST per course. There is also a Student Service fee of $28.75 including GST for each course. All fees are due two weeks before the beginning of the first semester on Monday 10 February 2020. If you are applying to Studylink for a student loan or using Fees-free to pay for your fees, you will need to ensure that your application has been completed and you have notified us at least two weeks before the beginning of the first semester.
  12. What can I do if something unexpected comes up and I can no longer study?
    Although we recommend a 3, 4 or 5-year pathway, you have a total of 6 years to complete your degree. This allows you some leeway to take a leave of absence, if need be, to manage major life changes. It will also help you to restructure your pathway if you fail a course. We do not recommend that you take time out from study for more than one year.
    We urge you to consider your individual circumstances, plan how you will manage your study, and ensure that study is able to be a priority for the duration of your degree study – before you apply. Much deliberation and planning take place in the time that we are considering applications. Once the academic year is underway, and the confirmed study period has begun, we cannot offer another student your place if you withdraw.
    If you withdraw and apply to re-enrol at a later stage, we cannot guarantee acceptance back into the degree.
  13. Can I change from full-time to part-time during the semester or during the year, or are changes required at the end of the year only?
    If you transfer from full-time to part-time study in the first two weeks of the semester, you will be refunded for the courses from which you have withdrawn, minus 10% administration fee. After two weeks from the start of the semester, fees are non-refundable. Please think carefully about study considerations prior to enrolment (see above).
  14. What if I’m not completely sure that I can commit to the degree?
    You may apply to study a Certificate of Personal Interest (select this option on our New Applicant – Enrolment Application Form). You will be able to select from Year One courses offered in our degree programme, beginning with BNM542 Foundations of Research (unless you have recently completed a Level 5 course). We normally allow students to study one Personal Interest course per semester, if places are available. Assessments are optional on the Personal Interest programme. However, applicants must nominate if they will complete assessments, at the time of their interview.
  15. If I complete the first two years of the degree programme on-line, what planning will I need to consider for Year 3 of study on-campus?
    There are 16 hours per week of clinic and on-campus classes in Year 3. There are also additional hours of supervision working on your cases – a total of 30 hours per week. You will be required on-campus for 4-5 days per week for the entire year. The College has Year 3 students who travel from around the country, and stay in Auckland during the week for the days that they are required to be on-site.
  16. How indicative is the prerequisite Chemistry course of the work required during the first year of the degree?
    It was suggested that this course needed 20 hours of study time. The Chemistry course is not indicative of the time requirement for the degree programme. It is a course that the College designed to ensure students have the necessary basic understanding before they start the degree. Some people finish it in a few hours’ time, and others take longer.
  17. Do you record the on-campus lectures?
    No, lectures are not recorded. We offer on-line students an equivalent learning experience by providing course-specific material on Moodle, our on-line learning management system. This may include, among others, readings, guidance, forums, short videos, and interactive exercises.
  18. How are the courses assessed?
    The course material is assessed in a variety of ways including assignment questions, essays, online quizzes, or practical assessments. Students need to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for each course (these are explicitly described in the Course Guidelines provided at the start of each semester).
  19. How often are the tests?
    And if you are studying on-line, what is the process for completing these tests? You will receive an assessment schedule in your Course Guidelines at the start of each semester. Tests and assignments are spread through the academic year. Several assessments are submitted or completed online.
    There are up to three tests, in some courses, completed either on-campus (for on-campus students and Auckland-based on-line students) or, for on-line students residing out of Auckland, in the presence of an approved invigilator. Full instructions on how to organise your invigilator are provided at the start of the semester.
  20. What happens if I fail a test or an assessment?
    All learning outcomes must be met, and if you fail to achieve a learning outcome, you will have one further opportunity to re-sit the test or re-submit your assessment at no cost. If you fail to meet all the learning outcomes in a course, you will need to re-enrol in the course the following year.
  21. How do I apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or credit transfer?
    Complete the enquiry form in the Moodle enrolment course, indicating the courses that you may be applying for RPL / Credit Transfer. You will be emailed with details of everything that you need to apply.
  22. Is the SPCNM Bachelor of Natural Medicine degree recognised overseas?
    This depends on the individual country/state. Contact the relevant officials in the specific district for clarification.
  23. Am I eligible for a student loan with Studylink as a New Zealand Citizen residing overseas?
    Yes, you may be eligible to receive a student loan while living overseas (if you meet all the relevant criteria).
  24. As an International student living overseas, can I study Years 1 and 2 of the degree programme off-shore?
    Generally, yes, you can.