Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the rural workforce. If you have any special needs or requirements, advise the Programme Leader before the course begins.
While some personal protective equipment is provided by UCOL, students must supply their own gumboots, overalls, wet weather gear and sturdy work shoes/steel cap boots.
This programme contains 288 hours of work experience to allow students to develop their practical skills in an agricultural setting. You'll need to budget for associated travel costs.
For any required work experience component of the programme, should a student be placed with an employer that has a ‘zero tolerance for drug and alcohol policy’ and the student does not agree to have a drug and/or alcohol test prior to being placed on work experience, then that student may not be able to complete the programme.
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
- 20 hours per week of timetabled theory and practical classes
- Work experience
- Up to six hours per week of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)
Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the
Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the
UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant
policies and procedures.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:
- National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
- Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
- Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
- Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.
Note that you will need to provide any
verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).