Last updated 21 August 2017
Last updated 21 August 2017

This page sets out the enrolment criteria for the DualPathways Pilot. 

DualPathways Pilot students must be enrolled part-time in secondary school (working towards NCEA) and simultaneously enrolled part-time in tertiary education throughout their DualPathways Pilot programme enrolment. They should be doing most of their learning at school.

A student may only access up to 0.35 EFTS of DualPathways Pilot provision over the period the student is enrolled in the pilot. DualPathways Pilot students in most instances will therefore only complete a portion of the programme leading to the award of a qualification. They will then likely transition into employment and complete the qualification, or transition to a higher level qualification whilst employed.

Regardless of this, to be eligible for DualPathways Pilot funding, the tertiary education provider must only enrol the student in a qualification which we have approved as eligible to access DualPathways Pilot funding and that is listed in the tertiary education provider’s approved DualPathways Pilot mix of provision (MoP).

See Eligibility for more information.


The Pilot is fees-free for eligible students. 

This means, the tertiary education provider must:

  • not charge any tuition fees or compulsory course costs, or course-related costs to a student, and
  • pay for the necessary equipment, infrastructure, and hardware required to deliver a particular programme.

"Equipment, infrastructure, and hardware":

  • means items that can be used by successive intakes of students, and
  • does not include personal items that are provided for individual students' use and that you do not retain for the next intake of students.


Recognition of prior learning / prior achievement

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) relates to previous study or experience (prior achievement) relevant to a programme that a student is currently undertaking. RPL enables a student to proceed with his or her study without repeating aspects of the qualification previously studied, or re-learning skills the student has already achieved through past work or other experience.

It is the tertiary education provider’s responsibility to recognise each student’s prior learning and adjust the courses in the student’s programme. A tertiary education provider must not claim DualPathways Pilot funding for recognising prior learning, or for delivering tuition where the student already has prior learning (i.e. skills and/or knowledge).

The tertiary education provider must:

  • ask the student to specify prior learning he or she has undertaken
  • before admitting each student into the programme, review that information as it relates to each student, and
  • retain documents that confirm that the student has demonstrated the required knowledge or skill, and
  • if a course contains content or learning for which a student has previously been credited:
    • calculate the EFTS factor of the units previously credited to the student, and subtract that factor from the standard course factor of the course in which the student is enrolled (“the revised EFTS factor figure”), and
    • submit the revised EFTS factor figure into the enrolment file of the SDR, in the “FACTOR” field in respect of the relevant student, and
  • if a student requires further learning to complete a qualification, ensure that the student only completes a course that he or she has not yet passed.

The tertiary education provider is responsible for seeing evidence of prior academic achievement using a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Record of Achievement (ROA) at the time of enrolment.

In addition, to see each student's full NCEA achievement (paid and unpaid credits), carry out an NCEA qualification check with NZQA.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Qualifications Data and Data Analysis team at NZQA on 0800 697 296.


A “withdrawal” is when a student ceases to participate in a course, programme or training scheme, either:

  • by providing notice to your organisation that they wish to withdraw participation, or
  • as a result of non-attendance or non-participation for any reason.

Setting a withdrawal date

TEOs need to apply a “withdrawal date” to any enrolment in the Single Data Return (SDR) that meets the criteria above.

A tertiary education provider will not be able to receive funding for an enrolment with a withdrawal date that occurs before 10% or one month of the course has been completed (rounded up to the nearest whole day), whichever is the earlier.

Disengaged students who have not formally withdrawn

A student may have disengaged from the programme or training scheme even if they have not formally withdrawn. For example, they may not have attended a face-to-face course or not logged in for on-line learning.

The tertiary education provider should determine at the earliest opportunity if a disengaged student is withdrawing from a course.

It is in the best interests of the tertiary education provider to determine this before the withdrawal date.