Careers & Tertiary Scholarships



If you would like careers advice please see Ms Binns. You will find many links on this page that are of use to you.  For example: in the recommended school subjects  folder  there are links to subject choice guides for Year 11 and 12 students about which subjects they should take at school for preparation for different university courses. Auckland, Otago, Canterbury, AUT, Massey, Lincoln, Waikato and Victoria Universities all have their own sub-pages under the NZ universities sub-page on the lower left of this page. The key dates for the year are updated regularly and can also be found at the bottom left of this page.


WiE CAN Women in Engineering Residential programme

This event is open to current year 12  students who are studying physics and maths with calculus (or are planning to in year 13) It is a residential programme that runs from 16-20 January 2022 in Christchurch which offers the chance to find out what engineers ‘do’ involving interactive workshops, presentations and social events. This event is FREE (accommodation, events, food)  although students selected are required to pay for their own travel costs to Christchurch. Applications open Monday 5 July and close Friday 13 August.
 See for more information.
 If you have questions these can be sent to 

Auckland University Information Evenings

There are two information evenings next week in the Wellington region for Auckland University. They ask that you to register if attending. 

Wellington Future Student Evening
Date and time:Wed, 7 July 20216:30 PM – 8:00 PM NZST
 Location:ASB Sports Centre72 Kemp Street, Wellington, Wellington 6022 

Porirua Future Student Evening
Date and time:Thu, 8 July 20216:30 PM – 8:00 PM NZST
 Location:Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Centre, 17 Parumoana Street,Porirua, Wellington 5022 

Experience Waikato

Experience Waikato will take place during the week of the 9th of August. This will give any interested students the chance to go to the Hamilton campus and see it for themselves. More details about how to apply are coming soon. Here is a link to some subject-specific information that may be useful for students who already have an idea of what area they want to study.

University of Waikato Engineering Information Evening

The University of Waikato will run an Engineering Information Evening on Thursday 8th July at Engineering New Zealand, Level 6/40 Taranaki Street, Te Aro from 6.00pm-8.00pmThe evening will provide information about their BE (Hons) programmes, available scholarships and pathways, and explain how you could complete a dual qualification in engineering and management. Students in year 12 and 13 and families are welcome to attend. 
Please email

Queenstown Resort College (QRC) Scholarships

QRC offers two scholarships each year in Hospitality Management and Adventure Tourism Management. Applications are now open for these scholarships and close on 17 September 2021. 

Whitireia and WelTec Open Days

The open days at the different campuses are coming up. Note that Cuba Street and Te Auaha campuses are open on the same day as other tertiary institutions in Wellington and Year 13 have leave that day to attend these events. 
Whitireia28 July1-4pm and 6-8pm
WelTec11 August1-4pm and 6-8pm
Cuba St Hospitality campus20 August9am-3pm
Te Auaha Creative campus20 August9am-3pm

Students can register for the open days here

Whitireia and WelTec Nursing/Paramedic

There is a Nursing/Paramedic morning seminar for school students on 16 August and 30 August. Interested students will have the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the first year Bachelor of Nursing Maori students. If students are interested in attending one of these please email Ms Binns so she can book a place.

JP Visit

One of the requirements for application to university or for some scholarship applications is to prove you are a citizen of NZ. To do this students need a copy of their passport or birth certificate that has been stamped and signed by a Justice of the Peace or similar. On Wednesday 7 July, we have two JPs coming into school at lunchtime to do this for students. They will be in the Whina Cooper room from 12.20pm till 1.30pm. Students need to bring their passport and/or birth certificate as well as any photocopies they want validated, as the JP’s need to be able to swear that the copy is accurate. This is the only time that we are organising for JPs to come in this year.

Massey Manawatu Open Day Free Buses

There are free buses to Palmerston North for the Massey University Campus Visit Day (aka Open Day)  on Wednesday 4th August. Details:
  • Free buses will depart from the Wellington Train Station and the Waterloo Train Station.
  • Both buses will depart at 7:45am and return around 4:30-5pm. 
  • All students will need to register via paper form or online form – you MUST let Ms Binns know that you want to go on this so that she can register you for a seat. Can parents or guardians please email her to confirm that you can take up this offer. 

Massey University Open Days

Massey University has a number of open days coming up. 
There are two Virtual Open Days on 30 and 31 July

There are also four live open days:
Manawatu Campus (Palmerston North) 2 August
Wellington campus 20 August
Auckland campus 21 August
Aviation (Palmerston North)  Open Day 11 September 
Register at

AUT Live

Registrations for AUT live on Saturday 28 August are now open. AUT LIVE registrations  
This year students and whānau are invited to also attend for the day on Friday 27 August. AUT will provide a day of activities for students and a nights accommodation for students and their parent/guardian at their brand new student accommodation complex located right next to the AUT City Campus.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to stay overnight .It is their first time offering this initiative, so it’s first in first served and places are limited.  
Please complete the student registration form and guardian registration form to secure your spot. You will receive a confirmation email from your student recruitment advisor.   
Friday 27 August ·       
 9am – Collection from Auckland airport by AUT for those who are flying into Auckland ·       
 9.30am –  Meet at Governor Fitzroy Plaza outside WF Building AUT City Campus ·        
Check into AUT accommodation between 9.30am and 10am ·       
Discover Auckland programme 10am to 9pm (students only)  
Saturday 28 August ·        
7.30am - Breakfast  ·        
9am - AUT LIVE all day ·        
Check out of AUT accommodation – anytime during the day until 5pm  
Accommodation package includes ·      
Single studio bedroom  ·      
Safe and secure environment – 24/7 security  ·      
Welcome pack with essential items. ·     
All bed linen and towels ·      
Breakfast on Saturday morning ·      
Access to on-site accommodation services  ·      
Free wifi  
If you need to speak to any of the AUT team, please  0800 288 288 or email  

Victoria University of Wellington School Holiday Visits

Students interested in studying at Victoria University of Wellington next year can book a campus and /or hostel tour in the July school holidays. 
Hostel applications open 1 August. 
All Year 13 will have the opportunity to attend the Wellington Tertiary Open day on 20 August.

Victoria University of Wellington School Leaver Scholarships

Applications for the Te Herenga Waka─Victoria University of Wellington school-leaver scholarships will open in mid-June. There are three scholarships available: 
Tangiwai Scholarship, which celebrates excellence, both academic and outside the classroom. Worth $5,000. 
Totoweka Scholarship, focused on equity and support, for students who are Māori or Pasifika, come from socio-economically disadvantaged or refugee backgrounds, or have a disability. Worth $5,000. 
Kahotea Scholarship for outstanding achievement, worth $30,000 over three years. 
International students studying at New Zealand high schools can apply for the Wellington International Excellence Scholarship. The New Zealand International School-Leaver Grant is also available.
 Full details of the scholarship regulations are available here

PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School) Career Week 20th-22nd July 2021

PIHMS Career Week provides students the opportunity to experience PIHMS, get first-hand hand tips and information about the hospitality and tourism industry and find out how PIHMS works.
The cost is $199 per person and includes accommodation, all meals & beverages and scheduled activities. This is for students in Years 12 and 13 with a genuine interest in Tourism, Hospitality and Hotel Management. 
For more information

Massey University School Leaver scholarships

Most are now open for applications. The most relevant are listed below.  
$21,000 | Three years' duration | Ten awards
For high achieving candidates who have a record of academic excellence, leadership and community engagement and are intending to enrol in the first year of a bachelor's degree.
Eligibility: New Zealand citizen or permanent resident 

$5,000 | One year's duration  
Five awards
For high achieving candidates who have a record of academic excellence, leadership and community engagement and are intending to enrol in the first year of a bachelor's degree while living at the Massey Halls Albany or the Massey Halls Manawatū
Eligibility: New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship OPEN NOW – Closes 20th August
$5,000 | One year's duration | Up to 25 awards | Massey University Academy of Sport membership
For new student athletes enrolling at Massey University with a previous record of high achievement in sport and who show future potential in their chosen sport.  

Massey University Undergraduate Scholarship OPENS 10th July- closes 10 October
Up to $5,000 | Three years' duration | 60 awards
For candidates enrolling in university for the first time, demonstrating excellence in study, work, community or other areas of your life.
Eligibility: NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident | Enrolling in University Study for the first time  

Radiation Therapy with the University of Otago

Students in Years 12 and 13 interested in studying radiation therapy are invited to attend a cancer centre tour to find out all about this career choice. 

Dates, times and venues of tours. 

Wednesday 21 July, 4:45pm Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital
Wednesday 4 August, 4:30pm Bowen Icon Cancer Centre, Crofton Downs
Wednesday 11 August, 4:45pm Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital
Wednesday 8 September, 4:45pm Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital 

For full details and registration go to:

Auckland University Open Days

This year Auckland University will be holding Open Day Online on 29 June and Open Day On Campus on 28 August. Please register for updates for these events. The Open Day page on the website will also shortly be updated with further details, the Open Day programme and regional buses. Students are encouraged to register for updates  This is a great way for students to receive up to date information from the University and information that relates to their specific areas of interest.

Massey Update

Changes to the Subject Requirements for Food Technology and Engineering at Massey University The Science subject requirements for the Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons) and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) have been removed. It is still recommended that students have some background in Sciences at high school in order to be best prepared for each of these programmes, but these subjects are no longer mandatory
Please note that CUAP approval has been granted for this change, so as of 2022 all students with University Entrance are eligible for Engineering and Food Technology, regardless of their subject background. 

Parents as Careers Educators Online course

All the students at Samuel Marsden in Years 9-13 have access to the Careers Central platform. Careers Central have put together the following online course for parents of teenagers to examine how you can support your children as they make career decisions. See

LetzLive GAP Year

Gap Year programmes for 2022 are now open with applications due to close on April 1stSee for what is on offer. These are available in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and the United Kingdom. 

Student Job Search (SJS)

SJS is an online service that helps tertiary students gain work experience and extra money while studying. Secondary school students who are enrolled in tertiary study for 2022, or who have a letter of confirmation from any NZ Tertiary education provider, can use SJS up to 4 months before they start study. 
These links may be useful-

Thinking about university? A guide for New Zealand students, parents and whānau

This new website is a university sector-wide resource for New Zealand secondary schools, students and their whānau to provide information on applying to, and studying at, university. It includes a pdf with a comprehensive list of all bachelor’s degrees and their majors offered at New Zealand's eight universities, along with useful information on university life. 

Melbourne University Information

Money Management Information

Moneyhub has put together a very comprehensive guide called Money in a Nutshell that is worthwhile having a look at, especially students planning to leave home next year. Moneyhub also has a good scholarship guide as well. 

Guide to Non- University tertiary study options

A guide outlining alternatives to university and techs is now available online

Education USA New Zealand

EducationUSA is in the process of shifting their planned in-person outreach to virtual engagement. They will continue to use their Facebook page to announce virtual events. Students and parents can get in touch via email or Facebook Messenger. They have weekly phone appointments available, which can be booked through the events section of their Facebook page. Facebook: 
They encourage students who plan to take either the SAT or the ACT in the coming months to stay informed of any changes by monitoring the following resources: SAT:  ACT:  

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad organise short term overseas service trips for 15-18 year old high school students to many countries. The trips are in many different countries and you work in either care and community, building, conservation or medicine. See their website for more information:

Better World- GAP Year Opportunity

Better World is organised by the NCZMS (New Zealand Church Missionary Society). The goal is to give students the opportunity to work voluntarily overseas in areas of social justice. Better World has the vision of equipping a whole generation of young people to reach into the suffering in the world and bring live the teachings of the gospel of Christ. For more information see:

Where To Next?

Careers NZ have put together a range of information sources to help parents and students consider what to do when they leave school. It is called ‘Where To Next’ so have a look.

Careers NZ Where To From School E Book

A copy of this resource is on the school Ultranet careers page in the Guides and Information folder. Students can also download their own copy here.

Occupational Outlook

If you have no idea what career path to take you may find it useful to look at this website and get the app.  It is a great tool for exploring study and career options, with extensive information on labour supply and demand in over 100 occupations in New Zealand. The app outlines how to enter each role, how many are studying in related fields, how many are employed, and what the average incomes are. It also outlines what are the prospects of getting a job in that occupation once you have completed the qualifications required.

Resilience, Stress and Grit

A short online course is available to complete here-

Kiwi Flyer Guide to Aviation Training

This guide is available to download at and includes information for students interested in a career in aviation. The guide profiles a broad variety of flight training providers and opportunities throughout New Zealand. 

Training to be a Teacher

Whether you are interested in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary teaching have a look at this link for the latest information about qualifications available in NZ.

Selection to Medicine and Veterinary Science

Students who are thinking of medical degrees need to read the following before making subject choices for Year 13. There are two universities who offer medical degrees in New Zealand.   For Otago only: It is recommended students take Level 3 Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Statistics. Calculus and English rich subjects are useful. See 
 For Auckland only:  There are two options for the first year pathway to medicine, Biomedical Science or Health Science.  
For Health Science, it is recommended that students have completed Level 3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics (you need a minimum of 18 credits in at least one of these)  and at least one English rich subject (English, History, Classical Studies, Geography, History of Art, Te Reo Māori (or Te Reo Rangatira) or Social Studies  (you need at least 18 credits in one of these)   Entry is based on your rank score. In 2022 they want you to have a rank score of 250 for your top 80 credits. 
For Biomedical Science (280 rank score entry for 2022)  it is strongly recommended that students have Level 3 Chemistry and  Biology and an English rich subject and it is useful to have studied Level 3 Physics and Mathematics, either Statistics or Calculus. An English-rich subject (Classics, Geography, English, History ) is recommended for most of Science majors, as there is still some level of writing involved once at university.  See-
Students interested in studying Medicine and Dentistry will sit the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) as part of their admissions process.  (instead of the UMAT) The UCAT is a well-established and internationally respected test, used widely in the UK since 2006 (under the name UKCAT) to select students to medicine and dentistry courses at the majority of UK universities. The test is a 2 hour computer based test which gives students immediate results. The test consists of five, separately timed, sub-tests in these areas:  verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement .All the universities in New Zealand and Australia who use UCAT for admissions are here. Please note, some Australian Universities will not require UCAT but all New Zealand ones will. To help prepare for UCAT free, comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests will be available on the UCAT website  
MedEntry is a private organisation who offer preparation help at a cost. 
Applications for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey 
The recommended preparation for the BVSc Preselection semester is now as follows - 
  • Entry into the veterinary pre-selection semester is open to all applicants who meet university entrance standards. However, they strongly recommend that in order to give yourself the best chance of success in being selected to the professional phase of the BVSc, you should complete 14-20 credits in each of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and EITHER Calculus OR Statistics at NCEA Level 3
  • Note: Students are selected into the professional phase on the basis of passing all the pre-requisite courses, completing 80 hours of veterinary work experience, their grades, and performance in the other selection assessments. Students for whom English is a second language are required to achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with no band less than 6.5 for selection into the professional phase