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Ole Gagana Samoa Beginners

Ole Gagana Samoa Beginners

Develop an understanding of Gagana Samoa (Samoan language) and culture so you can better participate within the community.

A photograph of two students walking and talking at the Masterton campus
Quick info

Locations: Ngati Apa Education, Marton
(old Turakina Girls college)

Duration: 10 weeks part-time

2023 dates TBC

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.

Learners will gain introductory knowledge of Gagana Samoa (Samoan language) and culture, and how this connects with identity. The aim is for learners to be able to use the language in a practical manner; walking with and alongside members of the community. You will also be able to raise the visibility of the language with relevant conventions in the workplace. This programme will offer a introduction to speaking Gagana Samoa, readying you for higher levels of study if you decide to progress further.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 10 weeks.

Timings are:

Thursday mornings per week, 10am-12pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

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 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applications should be:

  • A New Zealand Citizen or Resident
  • 16 years or over
  • Secondary students over 16, only if they meet the necessary approval (ACE004)


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

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

As UCOL becomes Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2023, learners enrolling in a programme that is likely to continue into semester 1 2023 or starting in semester 1 2023 will become Te Pūkenga learners. They will receive their qualification from Te Pūkenga on completion.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).