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U-Skills 3 + 2

Gain a free tertiary qualification while at school and/or start an apprenticeship with the UCOL Te Pūkenga U-Skills 3+2 Programme.

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Quick info

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

Duration: Three days a week at UCOL Te Pūkenga and two days a week at school.

Dates:
Check the individual programme page for start dates.

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.

The UCOL Te Pūkenga U-Skills 3+2 programme is designed for rangatahi looking to gain hands-on experience and begin the transition from school to tertiary study.

You will spend three days a week at UCOL Te Pūkenga and two days a week at school as you work towards a New Zealand Certificate in a particular career pathway.

For information on study options see Course Information below. 

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. Use the U-Skills 3 + 2 application form below and please indicate the full programme name. Email: u-skills@ucol.ac.nz for more information.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of U-Skills 3+2 programme will lead you to a higher level of study (i.e. Level 4 and above), apprenticeships or employment.

 Course Information

Study Options


Primary Industries

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

Services Industries

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skin Care (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3)

Social and Community Services

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

Creative Industries

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3)


Manufacturing and Technology

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials (Level 4)

Construction and Infrastructure

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Allied Trades) (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (Level 2)

New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship) (Level 3)


 Student & Staff Profiles

 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.

 

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

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

The UCOL Te Pūkenga U-Skills 3+2 Programme is part of a suite of programmes offered by UCOL Te Pūkenga to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. This programme is fees-free for learners.

 Additional Costs

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

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