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Academy New Zealand Police Pathway

Level 3

Are you interested in serving the community? The UCOL Academy New Zealand Police Pathway will provide you with knowledge about police and policing in New Zealand.

A police officer speaking with UCOL students
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: ​UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery days:
Palmerston North - Mondays
Whanganui - Tuesdays
Masterton - 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.

This is a foundation level programme that will help you develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills, attributes and attitudes needed to be a member of our Police force. On the completion of this programme, you’ll be endorsed as a preferred candidate throughout the recruitment process.

How to apply
If you're in year 13 at secondary school and you are interested in applying for the UCOL Academy New Zealand Police 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

Delivered from 9am - 3pm in each location.

Palmerston North: Mondays
Whanganui: Tuesdays
Masterton: Fridays

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy New Zealand Police programme is the first step in a rewarding journey. You will know what you need to do to pursue a career in New Zealand Police. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

  • New Zealand Police Training College
  • New Zealand Certificate in Exercise Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)

Employment Opportunities

  • New Zealand Police
    New Zealand Defence Force

 Course Information

The UCOL Academy New Zealand Police programme comprises 20 Credits.

Unit Standard 4251 (Level 3 (Version 8) (3 Credit)
Develop a career pathway plan towards a role within New Zealand Police.

Unit Standard 1296 (Level 3) (Version 7) (3 Credit)
Plan, prepare and conduct an informal interview to demonstrate knowledge of basic investigative skills.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 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.


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 New Zealand Police 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.