That would be a great way of doing it and I would be very happy if the OP adopted this approach. Unfortunately, this is not what Ms Needham's email says. I will apologise all round if I have missed something in her 20 March email, but I have gone back and checked it and can find no mention of 2020, so I'm not getting out the cutlery for the humble pie yet.
I love this course, and I want it to have good academic standards. I don't know if you were enrolled last year; it was my first year and Cedric Hunt ran my courses wonderfully well. He's gone and standards have slipped already. No assessments are posted yet, and for me these are important signposts for what I should be focusing on; that and the exam questions from the NZLS. OP has had 5 months since the exams to get this sorted. If this is the beginning of the transition, it has not started well. One of my study packs which should have arrived 2 weeks before the beginning of study only turned up on Monday this week - but I am overseas. Allowing a week for the courier, it is still about a month late, though. Unimpressive, but a minor matter concerned with my major concern.
I am deeply concerned that losing the NZLS connection will lead to dumbing down of the course, and that will ultimately lead to the course losing its good reputation with practising lawyers. Employment might become harder. The level 5 papers I did last year were real level 5, and quite challenging, as you would expect with the law. If you look at similar courses that polytechnics teach in the business field, the picture is not great. I would hate this program to meet the same fate. Take a look at the national external moderation reports for the NZ Diploma in Business, for example. Large numbers of organisations fail moderation each year - the assessments are not up to standard, so student achievement has not been validly measured. A lot of the problems, reading the reports, arise from the assessments being dumbed down to keep pass rates up and funding up, too. The media are full of reports of problems arising from failures to maintain decent academic standards.
The transition from NZ Diploma in Business to the new qualifications is being managed differently, and students making that transition DO have up to 2020 to complete. I do not see anything to that effect in Ms Needham's communication.
I don't know about you, but this program represents a very big investment of time and funds to me, and I don't want to end up with a qualification that will be mistaken for another shonky, dumbed-down NZQA bus-ticket. I would feel a lot more confident that academic standards are being realistically maintained with a strong on-going presence from the NZLS, including the ultimate expression of confidence by the NZLS itself issuing our diplomas.
I hope you understand my point of view. I don't want the course to be harder, but I do want it to be a good preparation for working in a really demanding environment. We need to be able to hit the ground running.
I am not going to invest a lot of time and energy in this, but I wanted to get some discussion going before we all get steam-rollered into a transition nobody has been consulted on or agreed to. It seemed likely, so I spoke up.
Thanks for your comments and happy studying. That's what we're all here for.