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STAR is a great opportunity to explore your study and career options. UCOL offers a range of practical programmes in a range of Vocational Pathways.

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Quick info

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: Programme dependent

Programme dependent

Domestic Fees:*
Programme dependentScholarship info

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.

STAR programmes are the perfect taster to discover a lifelong career. UCOL’s range of STAR programmes allow Secondary School students to experience a short introduction to the UCOL environment and to gain exposure to different industries.

 Career & Study Outcomes

You could gain a career in a range of options depending on your programme of study. UCOL offers STAR programmes in all six Vocational Pathways.


 Course Information

  • Automotive
  • Panel and Paint
  • Technical Drawing and Computer Aided Design
  • CISCO 1 & 2
  • Electrical
  • Exercise
  • Forklift Safety
  • Construction
  • Music
  • Adventure Based Learning
  • Beauty
  • Food Safety
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality Service Skills
  • Introduction to Bakery
  • Introduction to Barista
  • Introduction to Cookery

 Learning Facilities

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

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Secondary School student


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

To join one of our STAR programmes you must be enrolled in and have the support of your secondary school. Please see your school STAR Coordinator to express your interest in attending or contact one of our STAR Administrators.

Palmerston North – Frances Haerewa Haerewa@ucol.ac.nz

Whanganui – Debbie Smith D.L.Smith@ucol.ac.nz

Wairarapa – Tui Cherry T.Cherry@ucol.ac.nz