Te Ara Hou University Pathway Programme

In conjunction with the University of Waikato, Tokoroa High School is offers Year 14 (18 years+) programme designed to transition students into Bachelor studies at tertiary level.

Te Ara Hou is a student focused programme offering:

  • ZERO course fees – students will pay no fees for school or university papers – potentially saving $2500
  • No entry requirements – students do not have to have University Entrance to enrol
  • Flexible programming – allows for part-time employment
  • Supportive academic environment at Tokoroa High School
  • 30+ University papers to choose from 

For more information or to enrol contact: Latisha Kelly 0800TOKHUB  [email protected]

Private Training Establishments (PTE’s) Study

New Zealand Institute of Sport
Since being established in 1996, NZIS has developed and taught a range of courses designed to help you into your career in sport and recreation regardless of your starting position. NZIS operates three learning hubs in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In turn, these central campuses are linked to top class facilities for your practical components of your courses. NZIS can also assist with a range of accommodation options in the three cities.

Etco – The Electrical Training Company
Etco is a owned by Master Electricians (previously ECANZ) and has been established to provide employment and training for the electrical industry in New Zealand. Since being set up in 1991, Etco’s commitment to producing the best has helped thousands of Etco apprentices and students achieve outstanding results and become etsablished in the electricity industry. Etco’s two main areas of activity are: The employment and placement of electrical apprentices via their group apprenticeship scheme. The provision of training courses for apprentices and tradespeople.

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
Whitecliffe is an award-winning specialist in arts and design education offering Continuing Education programmes, Certificate programmes in Arts and Design and Digital Media and Design, Degree programmes in Fine Arts, Photo Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Postgraduate programmes in Fine Arts, Arts Management, and Arts Therapy.

Yoobee – School of Design
Yoobee courses range from level 2 introductions to Creative Industries and the Level 3 Certificate in Digital Media through to Level 7 Diplomas such as the increasingly popular Diploma In Game Art And Development. ACG Yoobee programmes use new and emerging technologies and the latest media platforms to offer training and courses from introductory level through to certificates, diplomas and degrees (which are offered by linked institutions). Yoobee courses cover from graphic design, digital media, web development and animation, to filmmaking, game art and 3D graphics. If you are creative and have a digital slant, the AGC Yoobee School of Design might just be your career launching pad.


University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2021. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page.

Institute of Technology Study

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT is based at their Otara Campus and in 2014 a new campus was opened in Manukau City, this offering courses for the Faculty of Business and Information Technology. This is one of 8 faculties at MIT (see below) and in total more than 16,000 NZ students are enrolled at MIT alongside around 1000 international students. MIT operates a number of smaller campuses, most specialising in specific areas. If you want to become a sea-going navigator or a marine engineer, you will find yourself at MIT’s New Zealand Maritime School. If cars are your go, MIT’s automotive technology programmes will see you spend time alongside Pukekohe Park racetrack. If you are in a full time programme at MIT, you are eligible for accommodation at the Student Village. The Student Village consists of 14 two-wing houses with nine bedrooms in each. The houses are self-catered and are situated close to the main Otara campus. Good transport links mean the campuses are all able to be reached from most parts of Auckland. If you are from outside Auckland, you will get priority when applying for the Student Village.

The Open Polytechnic
The Open Polytechnic is likely to be the largest education provider in the country that you have never heard of. However, for many New Zealanders both young and old, it is a smart and logical tertiary training or study option. The most obvious difference between the Open Polytechnic and all other tertiary institutions in NZ is that all teaching and evaluation is done online. It is called distance learning. For school leavers the Open Polytechnic can provide a supportive environment for those making their first steps into tertiary study. Distance learning means that students can study at their own pace (within agreed time constraints), and can study at times and places that suit them. Testing or assessment is carried out at places students can get to and there is strong online support when needed. Teaching at the Open Polytechnic is organised and delivered through seven specialist schools. These are shown below and from these links, prospective students can investigate which study or training options may be open to them. “
School of Business & Enterprise – Te Kura Pākihi
School of Education Studies– Te Kura Ako
School of Foundation & Bridging – Te Kura Tumu Arahanga Ako
School of Health & Social Sciences – Te Kura Hauora, Pūtaiao Pāpori
School of Science, Technology & Engineering - Te Kura Pūtaiao, Hāngarau, Pūkaha

Check out Wintec's study options! Programme options run from just six months to a four year bachelor's degree. There are over 26,000 full or part-time students at Wintec, with more than 1100 of these being international students. These students are studying across 38 programmes which are the institution’s focus areas. In addition to these programmes, Wintec also offers pre-trade and apprenticeship study in these areas: automotive, building design and construction, plumbing, electrical and mechanical. For school leavers who are unable to decide which trade to take up, the six-month Certificate in Introduction to Trades is ideal, giving exposure to all of them. At Wintec the big focus sectors are areas which are of significance to the Waikato region. These are: Agritechnology / primary sector
“High value manufacturing, engineering and trades
Business and finance
Health and social services
Creative, digital and design industries
 Energy Supply chain management and logistics Information and communication technology (ICT). 

Accommodation at Wintec comprises the Wintec Apartments and the Wintec Student Village. Both are convenient to the main city campus, with the Apartments offering self-catered accommodation in a three-level apartment complex with 5-6 rooms in each apartment. The Wintec Student Village has  fully catered Halls with 15 villa-styled units, each with five single bedrooms. Student Village is tailored for first year students studying at Wintec.

Wellington City is the home for many of Whitireia’s creative courses and programmes. The New Zealand Film & Television School is based there, as is the New Zealand Radio Training School which also operates in Auckland and the Media Training Centre (journalism, creative writing). Fitting right in with these is the Whitireia Performance Centre catering for 130 students studying Performing Arts, Stage and Screen Arts, Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance. Whitireia is able to offer some Wellington city accommodation at the 222 Willis facility in conjunction with WelTech. It can also provide a range of scholarships for students through the Whitireia Foundation, these including school leaver scholarships and Te Reo Maori scholarships. Whitireia provides opportunities for students from all over the country the chance to study programmes that they are passionate about, and provides them with an environment and with courses that are proven to foster and encourage learning and success.

Toi Ohomai
Our regional Trades Academy provider and local Institute of Technology. There is a free daily bus service from Tokoroa to Rotorua for both Full-Time and Trades Academy students. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology offers over 150 full-time or short courses. These range from free bridging and foundation programmes to get you underway to full degrees offered in partnership with other institutions such as the University of Waikato and AUT. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's partnerships with other tertiary institutions mean you can study overseas for part of your degree course, or even that you can study the three years of AUT’s Bachelor of Sport and Recreation programme from Toi Ohomai's Tauranga campus.

University Study

University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury (UC) has five colleges you can study at, Arts, Business and Law, Education, Engineering and Science. Between these, the university offers you teaching and research in more than 85 subjects, many of which are ranked among the world’s top 200 such courses. On the international ratings, UC is among the top 3% of universities around the world. The university is number one in NZ by the Tertiary Education Commission for the proportion of students who actually complete a qualification while at university. There are eight accommodation options available for students, with Bishop Julius Hall, College House, Rochester and Rutherford Hall, and University Hall all being fully catered options ideal for first year students. For those feeling a little more independent, Ilam Apartments, Sonoda Christchurch Campus, and Waimari Village offer plenty of options and all are close by or linked by direct bus routes to the campus.

Auckland University of Technology – AUT
For AUT, the goal is to produce graduates who are ready for the future. They offer a number of innovative programmes that can prepare you for the technological changes and complex demands of tomorrow. Courses such as the Bachelor of Creative Technologies link creative arts, design, digital media, computing, engineering and entrepreneurship. There is a BA in English and New Media, or a Health Science degree for would-be paramedics. In addition to teaching, AUT has a strong focus on innovative research with impact in areas such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence and nutrition. This is helped by strong links the university has with business, industry and the community. The City Campus has over 13,000 students studying a range of disciplines, including design, business, engineering, Maori development, hospitality, languages and communications. The North Shore Campus is the base for health sciences and education programmes. Also on the North Shore, the AUT Millennium is a specialist sports sciences facility with world-class training facilities, athlete accommodation and sports science laboratories. AUT South Campus was established in 2010 with plans to expand to more than 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate EFTS by 2020. The campus offers new opportunities for the development of innovative curricula structured to be responsive to the needs of the region’s business, industry, schools and community groups. AUT provides accommodation just five minutes walk from campus in both the city and on the North Shore. The Wellesley Student Apartments is a 13-story self-catered apartment complex housing over 500 residents. Each 4-5 bedroom apartment has two bathrooms, a furnished open plan lounge, dining room and because they are self-catering, good kitchen area. There is internet access in each bedroom. On the Shore the Akoranga Student Village houses 207 residents in 40 town house style apartments

University of Otago
Otago was the country’s first university, established in Dunedin in 1869. It has a long and proud history of graduates who made a real difference to New Zealand in the last 150 years. Today Otago has more than 20,000 students studying 180 courses. It is one of two universities in New Zealand with a medical school and the only university offering Dentistry, Dental Technology, Surveying, and Radiation Therapy. Most first year students at Otago live in the 15 Residential Colleges the university has developed around the campus area. Colleges are mostly made up of single rooms, are fully catered and have a mix of male and female students. They range in size from 136 beds to more than 500 beds at the largest on campus college, University College. Single-sex floors are available in some cases. Some colleges are located right on campus, and the farthest away is a 15-minute walk

Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria is in the top 100 universities in the world for 10 subjects, Law, Social Policy and Administration, English Language and Literature, History, Linguistics, Accounting and Finance, Development Studies, Education, Geography and Psychology. In Social Policy and Administration, Victoria is ranked 50th in the world, and their Law Faculty is in the top 50 in the world (QS). The university also ranks comfortably within the top 100 universities in the world in Education, Arts and the Humanities, and in the top 150 universities in the world in Earth Sciences. Victoria has a wide range of hostel accommodation for first year students, all within easy walking distance of the various campuses. The two biggest hostels are Te Puni Village set right on the Kelburn Campus which is home to almost 400 students, and the Katherine Jermyn Hall which houses 390 students in a multistory building in Boulcott Street. Weir House, just a few minutes away from the Kelburn Campus, houses just over 300 students, while other multistory hostels catering for first year students are Cumberland House, Joan Stevens Hall, Boulcott Hall and Victoria House. Most are single rooms with free wifi/internet and are fully catered.

Lincoln University
Established in 1878, Lincon’s main campus, Te Waihora, is based in Lincoln (in the Selwyn district of Canterbury), a small town 20km outside of the city of Christchurch. Situated on 58-hectares of green space, the campus offers modern teaching facilities, a comprehensive library, IT labs, free car parking, a dining hall, cafe and bar, banking services and sporting facilities. Around 3500 students are based at this campus. Lincoln University offers a range Bachelor level degrees which support its land-based focus, including agribusiness, environmental management, land management, landscape architecture and winegrowing. The university also offers degrees in sport and recreation and tourism management. Classes are generally smaller than in larger universities. Lincoln has a range of accomodation options and almost two thirds of first year students choose to live on campus. Centennial Hall is the largest hostel, providing fully catered accomodation for 112 students, while others are Columbo Hall, Lowrie Hall, Hudson Hall, Southland Hall and Stevens Hall. There are plenty of social activities both within and between the halls.

Massey University
The three campuses have differing strengths and course mixes. The Manawatu Campus, home to 45% of the Massey student body, is where the university began. Among the more than 150 programmes offered are the core agricultural, life science, veterinary teaching and research, business and social science programmes which Massey is known best for. The Albany Campus houses approx 35% of Massey’s students. The modern campus offers over 70 different majors for new students, these including traditional humanities and science programmes, business and finance courses (the highest rated such accounting and finance courses in NZ) as well as innovative programmes as Mathematics & Information Science and even Jazz. Massey’s Wellington Campus is referred to as the creative campus, home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious School of Design, while other Wellington programmes include Communications, Health and Wellbeing and Creative Arts. Wellington is home base for almost 20% of Massey’s student numbers.

University Of Auckland
Auckland rates well on the influential QS University Rankings and the the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, making it attractive to both domestic and international students. Auckland has 8 main faculties: Arts, Education (includes Social Work), Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science, plus the Business School and the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries. This last faculty, NICAI includes the School of Architecture and Planning, Elam School of Fine Arts, the School of Music and the Dance Studies Programme. Auckland operates from three city-based campuses, City, Grafton and Newmarket, while the Faculty of Education is based at the Epsom Campus and there is a range of courses based at the Tamaki Innovation Campus. All are easily connected by public transport. If you are not from Auckland or want to live closer to campus, there are some 1500 hostel beds available for first year students. The halls or hostels are all fully catered and all are in multi-storey apartment complexes, the largest being the 422-resident O’Rorke Hall which is virtually on the main campus.

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