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Students sign up for study in 2018

By UCOL on Friday, 19 January 2018

A group of students standing in the atrium at UCOL's Palmerston North campus

A steady stream of prospective students wanting to study health, beauty, automotive engineering and carpentry seem to be the focus for those enrolling for study at UCOL in 2018. ​Interest in Health and Sciences, and Applied Engineering and Technology faculties is particularly strong, closely followed by humanities and business programmes.

Around 200 students who are eligible for the Government’s new first year Fees Free initiative have already confirmed their enrolment with UCOL. Jonathan Sykes, Head of Recruitment and Marketing at UCOL said that the number of people interested in studying has been strong, with numbers ahead of the same time last year. 

“Even before the announcement of a free first year of tertiary education, interest in what’s on offer at UCOL has been high across a number of study areas. For those still not sure of their study plans for 2018 or who were waiting for the announcement of the NCEA results, there is still time to enrol but be quick if you want to secure your place. Most classes start on 19 February.”

The Bachelor of Nursing has the largest number of students, with approximately 524 students from Wairarapa, Palmerston North and Whanganui campuses. The programme is always well sought after by prospective students, with more than 3,700 successfully completing since 2004. UCOL graduates have a higher than average pass rate of the Nursing Council State Final Exams, and spend time each year out on the health sector as part of their studies. A new qualification for people who are interested in studying health and science degrees but need more preparation before considering a degree is also available. The Medical Imaging Technology degree is always over-subscribed and is again this year.

Beauty programmes such as nail technology are proving popular across the three campuses at both certificate and diploma levels.  Similarly automotive engineering and carpentry programmes are reaching capacity.  All students learn in an environment like the one they will experience when they leave the classroom to join industry.  This includes, in the case of beauty and hairdressing for example, client days where members of the public can come in and get a treatment while at the same time helping the students learn.

For people wanting to get into business, information communication technology, or software development, opportunities exist.  Likewise hospitality and cookery programmes are always popular, UCOL training restaurants are well supported by members of the public and employment opportunities are high.    

Creative programmes such as art, design, interior design and photography generally start in March and numbers are building in these programmes.  UCOL students and staff regularly win national awards and competitions and have stunning exhibitions throughout the year.  A new Bachelor of Creative Media is being launched soon, replacing the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging.  

Students speak highly of the learning experience offered at UCOL which includes working in environments recreated to simulate real life situations, use of industry equipment and technology, staff who are professionals in their chosen field, and who share their own experiences and knowledge. 

Adding to the student experience is UCOL’s student services and an employability hub, whanau rooms and other pastoral care.  UCOL is a quality provider and is looking forward to welcoming the 2018 student intake with the upcoming start of the year, kicking off with Orientation in February.

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