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Transition to tertiary study while still in school with UCOL's Star programmes.

A photograph of students chatting in the Wairarapa Whanau Room
Quick info

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: Programme dependent

Programme dependent

Domestic Fees: *
(The fee is funded through your secondary school with their approval.)Scholarship 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.

UCOL's STAR programmes are available to secondary school students seeking to explore their career options while still in school.

Construction & Infrastructure

Creative Industries

Manufacturing & Technology

Primary Industries

Service Industries

Social and Community Services

 Course Information

See the programme pages for details (links above).

 Learning Facilities

UCOL's STAR programmes may be delivered on any of the UCOL campuses and/or offsite locations as appropriate.

 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.


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's STAR programmes are designed for secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. 

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for any of UCOL's STAR programmes, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free for students. Upon successful application your school will pay UCOL a fee.

 Additional Costs

You'll need to bring a pen, paper and your lunch to your UCOL Star classes. Some courses held in a workshop environment may require steel capped boots. Students undertaking beauty programmes must dress appropriately for the beauty industry.