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Academy Automotive Programme

Academy Automotive Programme

Level 2

Discover if a career in the automotive industry is right for you while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme.

A photograph of two young people looking under the bonnet of a car in a workshop at UCOL.
Quick info

Level: 2

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

Duration: 1 day a week

First week of Monday 10 Feb - Final week of Term 3

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.

Are you interested in the fields of automotive mechanics, engine servicing or auto electrical? Join UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the automotive industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst exploring the technical skills required to work in the automotive field. 

You will learn about:
  • General service checks
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine
  • The hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry application
  • Health and safety
  • Petrol and fuel systems 
  • The operation of two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines
  • Assembling and disassembling motors
  • Braking systems
  • Transmission
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Automotive 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 online for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes


Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in automotive. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

Unit Standard 21688 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine.

Unit Standard 29579 (Level 2) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 21690 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Perform general servicing checks on a motor vehicle.

Unit Standard 21679 (Level 2) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of interchanging and balancing road wheels in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 21722 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Balance wheels off a vehicle in a motor industry.

Unit Standard 21857 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Identify the occupational areas and structure of the New Zealand motor industry.

Unit Standard 29580 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 30476 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Demostrate knowledge of tools and equipment used in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 30518 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Bleed a hydraulic brake system.

Unit Standard 30568 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of brake systems.

 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

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme comprises 28 Credits.

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 Automotive 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.