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Level 2 and Level 3

Academy provides secondary school students the opportunity to attend UCOL one day per week developing industry relevant skills. Aligned with Vocational Pathways we have a range of options to suit each student’s interest area.

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Quick info

Level: 2 and Level 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Horowhenua

Duration: Terms 1, 2 and 3 of the Secondary School Year

Programme dependent: mid-February

Domestic Fees:*
Nil fees

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
Please contact u-skills@ucol.ac.nz for more information. Please note you MUST be enrolled in a New Zealand Secondary School to participate.

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.

Academy is the perfect programme to gain credits while finding out what you love. Senior Secondary School students attend UCOL one day per week while working towards NCEA and industry credits to set them up for the career of their choice.

New partnership with Higgins and Downer Construction
A highlight of 2017 was partnering with Higgins and Downer Construction to offer New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2). Students from Tararua College studied in Dannevirke on the Downer Group site, where they have all been offered jobs with Downer Construction. We are now partnering with these two companies at our new campus in Levin

Apply for Academy online

Academy has a unique enrolment process that is different from the UCOL's standard application form. If you would like to join Academy, apply online here:

Apply for Academy


 Career & Study Outcomes

Depending on your programme you could successfully staircase into the appropriate Vocational Pathway including:

  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Creative
  • Services
  • Social and Community
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Primary Industries

 Course Information

  • Applied Technology
  • Automotive
  • Automotive Panel and Paint
  • Business Enterprise
  • Construction
  • Farm Animal/Vet Nursing
  • Graphics
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Administration

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Learning Facilities

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

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Senior Secondary School Student


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

 International Entry Requirements

Please contact u-skills@ucol.ac.nz for more information.

 Advice & Guidance

Academy offers secondary school students a range of opportunities. To participate in Academy you must show a keen interest in the area of choice. Students may be asked to attend an interview to assess their suitability for the programme chosen.

All students must also gain school endorsement from their secondary school to attend. Academy students must be enrolled at school and actively working towards NCEA.

Academy will give you the opportunity to develop core skills in the area you select. The credits gained will be attributed to your NCEA and provide you with knowledge to staircase into further study or employment.

We aim to ensure that location is no barrier to success and will provide transport where appropriate for Academy students.