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Academy Business Enterprise

Level 3

​Keen to find out what it takes to succeed as a business entrepreneur? Join the UCOL Academy Business Enterprise Programme and study while still in school.

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Whanganui

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery day:

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.

In conjunction with the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme you will be part of a team that creates a business and sees an idea from concept through to sales. If you are interested in learning about business, the best way is to jump in and get the job done!

Join the UCOL Academy Business Enterprise Programme to develop a business from scratch, and experience key roles in a business, including chief executive, marketing director, finance director, sales director and production director. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 3 whilst being responsible for a core operational aspect of a business, and be required to attend:

  • Pitch evenings
  • Dragons dens
  • Sales opportunities
  • Additional classes
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 fill out the application form as follows:

 Course Hours & Duration

Thursdays, 9am - 3pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

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

Note: Upon submission of the annual report in addition to the above standards, learners will be eligible for the YES Certificate.
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Managers, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 24 credits.

Achievement Standard 91382 (Level 3) (Version 2) (6 Credits)
Develop a marketing plan for a new or existing product.

Achievement Standard 91384 (Level 3) (Version 2) (9 Credits)
Carry out, with consultation, an innovative and sustainable business activity.

Unit Standard 9681 (Level 3) (Version 7) (3 Credits)
Contribute within a team or group which has an objective.

Unit Standard 1307 (Level 3) (Version 8) (3 Credits)
Speak to a known audience in a predictable situation.

Unit Standard 11097 (Level 3) (Version 5) (3 Credits)
Listen actively to gain information in an interactive situation.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students 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
  • Social Studies
  • Computing
  • Business Studies
  • 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 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 Business Enterprise 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.