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STAR Music

Discover if a career in music is right for you while still in secondary school with the UCOL STAR Music course.

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Quick info

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: One day per week over five weeks (Friday).

Palmerston North
09 Aug 2024 – 06 Sep 2024

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-free to learners. Fees apply to participating schools.

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.

Are you interested in writing or performing music? If so, the UCOL STAR Music course could be for you. You'll work as a team to write, record and perform a song in the UCOL purpose-built music studios.

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for the UCOL STAR Music course, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL STAR Music course 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 music. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Performing Artists and Film, TV and Music Technicians, see careers.govt.nz

 Learning Facilities

Dedicated recording and editing studios.

 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.

Learners must have experience with vocals and/or an instrument.


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

The UCOL STAR Music course is part of a suite of 'STAR' courses offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the UCOL Music course, talk to your careers advisor at school. Applications are arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free for learners. Upon successful application, your school will pay UCOL a fee.

 Additional Costs

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