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Academy Defence Pathways

Academy Defence Pathways

Level 2

Are you considering a career in the New Zealand Defence Force? U-Skills Defence Pathways will provide you the knowledge, skills and confidence to explore the many options available and how to get there. New Images/Academic/Defence Pathways.jpg
Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North and Otaki

Duration: 1 day a week

14 Feb 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

Palmerston North - Wednesdays
Otaki - Thursdays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Throughout this programme you will gain leadership skills and learn about team communication and stress management. You will also engage in outdoor activities as you learn the physical requirements to make it through the recruitment process.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form as follows:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Defence Pathways Programme is the first step in a journey. This programme can lead to:

  • U-Skills Police Pathways Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study & Career Prep Level 3 (Services Pathway)

Career options includes:

  • Army
  • Navy Officer
  • Air force
  • Police

 Course Information

This programme comprises 23 credits.

Unit Standard 467 (Level 2) (Version 5) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate personal and social development through participation in adventure based learning.

Unit Standard 28511 (Level 3) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Manage and evaluate personal health and wellbeing to participate in a specific recreation activity.

Unit Standard 9677 (Level 2) (Version 10) (3 Credits)
Communicate in a team or group which has an objective.

Unit Standard 12355 (Level 2) (Version 6) (3 Credits)
Describe strategies for managing stress.

Unit Standard 7123 (Level 2) (Version 7) (3 Credits)
Apply a problem-solving method.

Unit Standard 12349 (Level 2) (Version 6) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of time management.

Unit Standard 431 (Level 2) (Version 6) (3 Credits)
Navigate in good visibility on land.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:

  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Construction
  • Mechanical Technologies
  • English
  • Digital Technologies


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy'programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Defence Pathways Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free when criteria are met.

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

Verified primary ID

All students should submit a verified primary ID (e.g. birth certificate or passport) for their first enrolment into any UCOL programme/course (online or face to face) or if the verified ID is not held online yet.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.