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Level 2 and Level 3

U-Skills 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:*
There is no fee for U-Skills students. Scholarship info

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.

* 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.

U-Skills 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.

Here’s what some of our 2016 U-Skills Graduates said about their programme:

“The building course for this year was great. I really did enjoy the course. I learnt a lot and picked up a few skills that I have never heard of before. The teachers are great as well. I have a lot of respect for them all for their efforts and for being helpful throughout the year.” – Raiatea Smith-Gray, Te Kura

“Amazing how much you can achieve when you actually put your mind to it. The calculations were helpful when building the fence and shed and the end result was better than I imagined.” – Adrian Halls, Horowhenua College

“Was a great course. Learned heaps of things. Would recommend.” – Luke Millard, Waiopehu College

Apply for U-Skills online

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


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

Student & Staff Profiles

Learning Facilities

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

Domestic Entry Requirements

Senior Secondary School Student

International Entry Requirements

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

Advice & Guidance

U-Skills offers secondary school students a range of opportunities. To participate in U-Skills 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. U-Skills students must be enrolled at school and actively working towards NCEA.

U-Skills 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 U-Skills students.

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