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Academy Automotive

Level 2

Discover if a career in the automotive industry is right for you while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Automotive Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Horowhenua in Levin, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 1 day a week

Starting: Week of 10 Feb 2025
Finishing: Week ending 19 Sep 2025
Delivery days:
Palmerston North - Mondays & Tuesdays
Whanganui - Thursdays
Masterton - Thursdays
Levin - Wednesdays

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship 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 automotive mechanics, engine servicing or auto electrical? Join the UCOL Academy Automotive Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the automotive industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 whilst exploring the technical skills required to work in the automotive field.

You will learn about:

  • General service checks
  • Disassembling and reassembling a four-stroke multi-cylinder engine
  • The hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry application
  • Health and safety
  • Petrol and fuel systems
  • The operation of two and four-stroke petrol and diesel engines
  • Braking systems
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this 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 use the form below to apply.

 Course Hours & Duration

Palmerston North - Mondays & Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm

Whanganui & Masterton - Thursdays, 9am - 3pm

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Automotive 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 automotive. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Automotive Technicians and Electricians, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 28 credits.

Unit Standard 29579 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 29580 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits) 
Demonstrate good work habits and safe work practices in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 21679 (Level 2) (Version 3) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of interchanging and balancing wheels in the automotive industry.

Unit Standard 21688 (Level 2) (Version 4) (3 Credits) 
Demonstrate knowledge of disassembling and reassembling a four stroke multi-cylinder engine.

Unit Standard 21690 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Perform general servicing checks on a motor vehicle.

Unit Standard 21719 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Remove and replace a lamp on a motor vehicle.

Unit Standard 21722 (Level 2) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Balance a wheel off a vehicle in the motor industry

Unit Standard 21857 (Level 2) (Version 4) (2 Credits) 
Identify the occupational areas and purpose of the New Zealand motor industry.

Unit Standard 30476 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits) 
Demonstrate knowledge of tools and equipment used in the motor industry.

Unit Standard 30566 (Level 3) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Service an automotive battery.

 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
  • Construction
  • Mechanical Technologies
  • English
  • Digital Technologies


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy'programmes offered by UCOL 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 Academy Automotive 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.

Verified primary ID

All learners should submit a verified primary ID (e.g. birth certificate or passport) for their first enrolment into any UCOL programme/course (online or face to face) or if the verified ID is not held online yet.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.