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Academy New Zealand Police

Academy New Zealand Police

Level 3

Are you interested in serving the community? UCOL’s Academy New Zealand Police Pathway will provide you with knowledge about police and policing in New Zealand.
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: ​UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 1 day a week

14 Feb 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

Palmerston North - Mondays
Whanganui - Tuesday

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable

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.

This is a foundation level programme that will help you develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills, attributes and attitudes needed to be a member of our Police force. On the completion of this programme, you’ll be endorsed as a preferred candidate throughout the recruitment process.

How to apply
If you're in year 13 secondary school and is interested in applying for UCOL's Academy New Zealand Police 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 online application form as follows:

Apply for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy New Zealand Police programme is the first step in a journey. You will know what you need to do to pursue a career in New Zealand Police. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

  • New Zealand Police Training College
  • New Zealand Certificate in Exercise Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)

Employment Opportunities

  • New Zealand Police
    New Zealand Defence Force

 Course Information

UCOL's Academy New Zealand Police programme comprises 20 Credits.

Unit Standard 4251 (Level 3 (Version 8) (3 Credit)
Develop a career pathway plan towards a role within New Zealand Police.

Unit Standard 1296 (Level 3) (Version 7) (3 Credit)
Plan, prepare and conduct an informal interview to demonstrate knowledge of basic investigative skills.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 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.


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 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 New Zealand Police 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.

 Additional Costs

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