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Academy Applied Construction Design

Level 3

Are you interested in buildings and architectures? Discover if construction design is your calling with the UCOL Academy Applied Construction Design programme.

A photograph of a student working on a design of a building using paper and scale
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: ​UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Starting: Week of 10 Feb 2025
Finishing: Week ending 19 Sep 2025
Delivery day: Fridays

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable

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.

If you enjoy construction and design, and dream of becoming a designer, architect or architectural technician, this programme will let you learn the basics with a hands-on mini build.

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

Fridays, 9am - 3pm

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Applied Construction Design 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 architectural drafting, quantity surveying, design engineering or mechanical engineering. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

Employment Opportunities

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Quantity Surveying

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Architects and Engineering Professionals, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 23 Credits.

Unit Standard 13015 (Level 3) (Version 3) (1 Credit)
Demonstrate knowledge of construction subcontractors' work and main contractor's responsibilities.

Unit Standard 24362 (Level 3) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of working drawings and specifications for building work.

Unit Standard 27159 (Level 3) (Version 2) (15 Credits)
Describe and create technical drawings for design and construction.

Unit Standard 24378 (Level 3) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Perform building calculations.

 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
  • Digital Technologies
  • Construction and Mechanical Technologies
  • English


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 UCOL Academy Applied Construction Design 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.