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Academy Health

Academy Health

Level 3

Discover if a career in the health industry is right for you, while still in secondary school with the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Health Programme.

A photograph of a UCOL | Te Pūkenga lecturer Hayden Pritchard talking to a group of people in a gym.
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL | Te Pūkenga Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL | Te Pūkenga Whanganui, UCOL | Te Pūkenga Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 1 day per week

13 Feb 2023 - 22 Sep 2023

Palmerston North - Fridays
Whanganui - Thursdays
Masterton - Thursdays

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 health and wellness? Join the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Health Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the health industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst exploring the technical skills required to staircase into a number of health-related careers. 

You will learn about:

  • Anatomy and biology
  • Health issues in New Zealand
  • Health practices currently used in New Zealand
  • Ethical issues in relation to well-being 
  • The four key dimensions of hauora
  • First Aid

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Health 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 the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Health 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 health and wellbeing as a lab technician, researcher, medical imaging specialist, nurse, massage therapist, pharmacist, dietician, personal trainer, sport and exercise physiologist or rehabilitation expert. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

This programme comprises 27 Credits.

Unit Standard 27457 (Level 3) (Version 4) (6 Credits)
Describe the anatomy and physiology of systems and associated organs of the human body.

AS 91461 (Level 3) (Version 3) (5 Credits)
Analyse a New Zealand Health Issue.

AS 91463 (Level 3) (Version 2) (5 Credits)
Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand.

AS 91464 (Level 3) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Analyse a contemporary ethical issue in relation to well-being.

Unit Standard 18352 (Level 3) (Version 5) (3 Credits)
Explain four key dimensions of hauora.

Unit Standard 6400 (Level 3) (Version 6) (2 Credits)
Manage first aid in an emergency situation.

Unit Standard 6401 (Level 2) (Version 6) (1 Credits)
Provide first aid.

Unit Standard 6402 (Level 1) (Version 8) (1 Credits)
Provide basic first aid.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Learning Facilities

From 2023 our nursing, medical imaging, social services, and healthcare ākonga will be learning in Te Whaioranga, the purpose-built healthcare education centre for the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Manawatū. This state-of-the-art learning environment enables our nursing, medical imaging, social services and healthcare ākonga to learn across disciplines and functions, familiarising them with real-world practices and ensuring they become ‘workforce ready’ graduates.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners 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
  • Biology
  • Health
  • English


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL | Te Pūkenga to secondary learners 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 the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Health 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
Learners 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.