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 and Victoria Universities all have their own links. 


Massey University School of Music and Creative Media Production- Scholarships

New scholarships are available for students intending to study Commercial Music or Creative Media Production through Massey in 2019. The school also offers both Maori and Pasifika scholarships. Each of these scholarships is worth $10000. Applications open 31st August and close Wednesday 31st October. See

Defence Careers Experience

This is a five day experience of the roles, expectations and life style of  Officers, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen & Airwomen of the NZDF (Navy, Army and Air Force) and is open to two students in Years 12 and 13 who may wish to pursue a career with the NZDF.    It is run in the school holidays (8th-12th October) at Linton Military Camp, Palmerston North and will include visits to the RNZAF Ohakea Air Base. The DCE will involve 60 candidates from the lower half of the North Island. The NZDF will cover accommodation, transport and meal costs.The DCE is designed to challenge students through a wide variety of unfamiliar situations and teambuilding activities. Physical fitness activities will be conducted throughout the period, with early morning exercises, leadership and confidence building evolutions, and social interaction with fellow students and NZDF personnel. Candidates must be physically prepared with a high standard of physical fitness and carry no injuries.Candidates are asked to challenge themselves to complete all activities to the best of their ability.If you are interested in being nominated for this experience please contact Ms Binns by 19 August, 2018.

Free seminar for parents of teens

Parents and caregivers of secondary school students (Years 9-13) are invited to a free ‘Parents as Career Educators’ seminar on Monday 27 August 2018.The seminar will provide parents with tips and advice to guide their teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world. This free seminar will cover:
  • The world of work: looking forward
  • How to make informed career decisions now and in the future
  • How parents can assist
  • Career development resources.
Presented by a career consultant from the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC), the seminar will assist parents to help their teens consider ALL their options, whether this is work, university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, private providers or other possibilities. (This event is NOT about study options at UC.)The seminar will be held from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Kelson Community Centre, 5a Timaru Grove, Kelson, Lower Hutt. Register online at: 

Go Kiwi Go Scholarships

Go Kiwi Go provides gap experience opportunities for school leavers who are looking to do something before further study, or taking on an apprenticeship. They are now offering 16 scholarships, worth $1000 or $500, and students can apply at any time, with applications being turned around within two weeks. See or contact Rhiannon on 0800 600 300 or by email,

The University of Canterbury - School of Product Design Scholarship

UC Product Design has 10 Scholarships to give away for students intending to study BProdDesign in 2019.  Closing date is 15 August 2018. Details of scholarship : of this degree:

University of Canterbury Opportunities

  1. UC Science Inspired
UC Science Inspired is brought to you by the University of Canterbury (UC) and presented by leading UC scientists. The free event includes a special guest presentation by international physicist, author and science communicator extraordinaire Laurie Winkless. It is ideal for students in Years 12 and 13 who are interested in science and thinking about their next steps. 
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018
Location: Wellington College Library, 15 Dufferin Street, Basin Reserve, Wellington
Free event: Register here

2. UC Science Summer Camp

UC Science Summer Camp is a week-long event for Year 11 students interested in studying science at university. The camp will run from 2 to 7 December 2018 and be based in Christchurch at UC’s Ilam campus. Students will stay on campus in university accommodation. During the week students will attend lectures, work in the labs, visit one of UC’s many field stations, meet with staff and current students, and find out about the amazing research happening at UC.  There are 60 places available, and students can apply from anywhere in New Zealand.
Date: 2 to 7 December, 2018
Location: University of Canterbury Ilam Campus (Christchurch)
Eligibility: Open to Year 11 students, going into Year 12 in 2019
Cost: $575 – includes accommodation, food and travel during the week. Excludes travel to and from the camp
Scholarships: Five Diversity Scholarships available.
Application dates: Applications opened 2 July and close 14 September. Successful applicants notified 1 October.Details and how to apply are on the link at the beginning of this message, but for further information email

3. WiE CAN - Women in Engineering Residential Programme for Year 12 students 
If your daughter is in Year 12, taking Mathematics and Science and interested in engineering as a career she might like to attend this programme in Christchurch in January.
Date: 21-24 January 2019
Eligibility: Open to female students completing Year 12 in 2018 at a New Zealand high school.
Cost: FREE! For the first ever WiE CAN, UC will cover all programme, accommodation and food costs. A $100 travel voucher will also be provided as reimbursement to anyone travelling from outside Canterbury.
See  WiE CAN – Women in Engineering Residential Programme for more information and how to apply. If you have any questions relating to the WiE CAN programme or application process, please contact Kate Burnell at

Hands-On at Otago

This is a residential programme run in January at the University of Otago for students in Years 12 and 13. The cost is $675 which does not include travel to and from Dunedin, however there are scholarships available  for students of either Maori or Pacific Islands descent, students who participated in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival, and students with disabilities, to help with costs. There are 36 projects available this year in Sciences, Humanities and Business. See  for details about the options available. Ms Binns, Ms Smith and Mrs Gunn all have information about the application process.

Jump Start Physics- Otago Summer School

Otago University run a Summer school course designed to help students prepare for first year biological physics which is part of the first year health sciences course required for admission to medicine, dentistry, medical laboratory science, pharmacy and physiotherapy. This is designed for students with fewer than 14 credits at NCEA is Level 2 Physics. It runs from 28 January -15 February. See

Massey Creative Arts Scholarships

Massey have a number of scholarships available to students who would like to study at Massey University with the College of Creative Arts.   
  • School of Music and Creative Media Production (x 4)
  • Commercial Music Scholarship $10,000 (closes 31 October)
  • Creative Media Production Scholarship $10,000 (closes 31 October)
  • Maori Scholarship $10,000 (closes 31 October)
  • Pasifika Scholarship $10,000 (closes 31 October)
  • L’affare Photography Scholarship $5,000 (x 2) (closes 1 October)
  • Toioho ki Apiti Maori Visual Arts Scholarship $5,000 (x5) (closes 30 November)
See this link for more information regarding each of the scholarships and to register your interest in applying:

New Zealand Fashion Tech Open Day 
The open day is Friday 31 August.  (the same day Year 13 all go out to the tertiary education institute’s open day, previously know as Study at Vic) There are three sessions- 10:00am // 11:30am // 1:00pm at Level 4, Ranchhod Tower, 110 Lambton Quay. If you are planning attending one of these sessions please register with Lisa via text or email: 027 511 8320 or

Waikato University Information

2019 School leaver Scholarships. These are:
The Undergraduate Scholarships Guide has now been printed, and they have made the PDF available on their website for you here. The closing date for school leaver scholarships remains the 31st of August. The University of Waikato now requires students to apply in two stages for entry to courses for 2019. They have produced a MyWaikato Enrolment Guide and a video outlining the process 

Massey University Scholarships

Below are links to Massey’s  main undergraduate scholarships for school. Applications for these scholarships are open now, and will close on 20th August.

Transition to University Study- Otago

These resources can help you to prepare for study at Otago:

Fees-Free Tertiary Education

Fees-free is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Students can check if they can get fees-free study at
Students who are New Zealanders and will finish school in 2018, may qualify for a year of fees-free tertiary study or two years of industry training in 2019. Find out more about the eligibility for fees-free
How to check if a student can get fees-free study
 Students can go to and enter their National Student Number (NSN) to check. The majority of secondary school students should receive a 'yes - you are eligible' response. If a student receives a 'we are not sure' response, they may need to provide further information to TEC. The frees-free website will let them know what they need to do. 
How does a student apply for fees-free?
Students don't need to apply for fees-free.Once the student has enrolled, TEC will check the student's details and if eligible, will pay the fees directly to the tertiary education provider or industry training organisation. They can pay up to a maximum of $12,000 incl GST per year. 
Does a student still need to apply to StudyLink?
If a student only needs their fees paid they won't need to apply for a Student Loan unless their fees are over $12,000. If a student wants to apply for a Student Allowance or the living and course-related costs parts of a Student Loan they'll still need to apply to StudyLink. If you've got any further questions you can check out the fees-free website or call the fees-free helpline on 0800 687 775.
Year 13 students should sign up here, Year 13 students sign up to receive the Studylink six-week email series to students. Even if they're not sure what they want to do. If they don't end up getting support from StudyLink, they'll stop sending them emails. There's also a sign up link on the StudyLink homepage.

Keystone Trust Scholarships

Keystone Trust offer scholarships to students studying in the fields of property or careers in this field. See possible careers here well as scholarships, the Keystone Trust can arrange mentoring and internships for students.The scholarships are valued at $5000 a year for three years. are a number of possible careers that can qualify for this scholarship such as engineering, landscape design, urban planning, contruction and property law, to name a few.

Bright Paths E Book

All students in years 10-13 have been emailed this E Book. Bright Paths can help by identifying which jobs in New Zealand have good opportunities for employment and showcase the different ways you can enter each job. Students should read the instruction page and look through the jobs in the primary industry area they feel most interests them. A link to this E book is available on this page in the folder called E books.

The School Leavers Handbook (E Book)

This handy guide is divided into six sections:
  1. Living a balanced life
  2. Planning your week
  3. Reducing stress
  4. Creating a budget
  5. Eating well
  6. Studying smarter
Each section has suggestions of how to achieve these goals as well as a selection of apps that may be of use. This E book folder on this page called E books.

Information about applications for University hostels and Scholarships for 2019

Reminder- With the holidays a few weeks away, students in Year 13 should be looking at application dates for scholarships and university hostels. The holidays are a good time to prepare these applications. Information is in this document which was shared to Year 13 in Term 1. A Justice of the Peace, Jane Catley, will be in school to authenticate any documents students may need for applications on Friday 29 June at lunchtime in the Whina Cooper room in the icentre.

Taratahi Residential Taster Days

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in the Wairarapa are offering two 4 day residential taster events for students aged between 14 and 18 years. Both an agricultural taster and an equine taster will be held from 7-11 October. This event will also be available from 9-13 December. See for information or email

Resilience, Stress and Grit

A short online course is available to complete here-

Victoria University Scholarships for school leavers

Applications for Victoria’s school-leaver scholarships are now open, and will close at 4.30pm on Saturday 15 September 2018. Students will only need to complete one online application to be considered for all three school-leaver scholarships.

PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School) Career Weeks 2018

PIHMS is based in New Plymouth and offer diploma, degrees and masters in the areas of hospitality, tourism and hotel management. See  for information.They are holding three career weeks for prospective students this year. Selected students travel to New Plymouth during the school holidays and stay in their school for the week to gain a better understanding of their courses. The remaining career week is:
9th October to 12th October 
PIHMS Career Weeks provides Year 12 and Year 13 student with the opportunity to experience PIHMS culture, lifestyle, education and training, to see if this is where your future lies. 
PIHMS graduates possible career pathways in NZ and all around the globe- Hotel Management, Event management, Marketing, Human resources, Revenue management, Run your own restaurant / Business,  Food and beverage management / Front office management.

Auckland University Law

If you are interested in studying law at the University of Auckland you may be interested in viewing this series of videos about what to expect.

University of Auckland Bachelor of Advanced Science

From 2019 Auckland University is offering a new 4 year Honours degree, the BAdvSci. There are 11 specialisations to choose from for this degree and it may be completed as a conjoint. Specilaisations are chemistry, computational biology, computer science, ecology, environmental change, geology, marine science, mathematics, physics, psychology, ststistics. See  There is also a new major for the BSc available- Geographic Information Science and a new green chemical science specialisation.

University of Melbourne Webinars

Students interested in finding out more about courses at the University of Melbourne should look here to see if they have a webinar about the course you are interested in. There are 22 webinars available.

Massey University Scholarships for 2019 Now Open

All have a closing date of 20 August 2018
  1. VC Scholarship Awards – applications for both Excellence and High Achievers
Apply here - VC Scholarship Awards 2. Future Leaders – Business related studies Apply here - Future Leaders 3. Academy of Sport – for students who are representing at region/national level Apply here - Academy of Sport 4. For additional scholarships available for school leavers please see this link here

Auckland University scholarship applications

First-year and school leaver scholarships- Applications for Top Achiever, Māori Academic Excellence, Pacific Academic Excellence and Academic Potential Scholarships will now open on Thursday 17th of May. The closing date for these is the 22nd of August. If you would like to read more about these follow this link. is also an e-book guide for students at the bottom of the linked page. This is in the guides and information folder on the careers page on Ultranet as well.

AUT scholarships- changes

AUT is now providing every school leaver with more opportunities to gain a scholarship during their studies. Their School Leavers Scholarships are initially awarded to a student for one year. Scholars who pass all papers and achieve the required level, will be eligible (at the completion of their first year) to apply for the AUT Undergraduate Scholarship, under the same categories to renew their scholarship annually. These scholarships will be contestable each year, so if year 12 wasn’t your best academic year, you will still have an opportunity to apply whist studying at AUT. This gives students the opportunity to apply for scholarships in their second and third years of study as well. Students who are awarded a school leaver scholarship, who also access the governments ‘first year free fees’ can receive remuneration in instalments to their bank account or payment towards accommodation costs.

Auckland University new courses for 2019

There are two new programmes in 2019 at the University of Auckland; the Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours), and the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) To read more, head to these links: Medical Imaging Advanced Science 

MoneyHub Scholarship Search - new resource

MoneyHub has launched New Zealand’s first free-to-use scholarships index which details every funding opportunity available to Year 13 students. Available 24/7 on any device, MoneyHub presents scholarships by university, region, company and ethnicity. How-to-apply guidance has also been included, equipping students with everything they need to know.The site can be accessed here.

University of Canterbury- School of Product Design

The School of Product Design at the University of Canterbury offers a Bachelor of Product Design with three majors to choose from:
  • Industrial product design (designing at a human scale - not space stations or bridges)
  • Applied Immersive Game design (so much more than playing games)
  • Chemical, Natural & healthcare product formulation (the only degree of it’s type in Australasia)
  • They are offering 10 UC product Design scholarships of $10000 over two years.
For more information see

International College of Hotel Management (ICHM)

The ICHM is based in Adelaide, Australia. It is the only Swiss Hotel Association school outside Europe. They offer two different courses, a Bachelor of International Hotel Management (SHA) and a Bachelor of Business focused on hospitality management. They are offering one New Zealand scholarship, for 2019 entry into the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management). The value of the scholarship is NZ $28000 paid in $8000 payments over 3 years. Ms Binns has application forms for this scholarship and applications close October 12th, 2018. 

They have a career week from 1-5  October for students interested in finding out more about their courses. 

Lattitude Global Volunteering- GAP

Lattitude Global Volunteering provides GAP Year and International Volunteering placements to young New Zealanders aged 17 to 25. Students have a choice of 14 different countries and a variety of placement options to choose from. E.g. school assistant, outdoor camp assistant, community worker, English tutor/teacher, medical assistant. Lattitude offers 3-12 month work experience programmes. No experience is necessary and all training, support, food and accommodation is included. Applications for 2019 are closed.

​AFS and Go Kiwi Go GAP Opportunities- Global Competence Certificate (GCC)

AFS and Go Kiwi Go now pair the GCC with all of their 18+ programmes. It consists of a set of online modules and webinar/in-person sessions with a trained facilitator (Chloe Eberly at AFS NZL) alongside the gap experience itself. Designed to support learners participating in an intercultural experience, the GCC builds global competence. 
This brief video explains what the GCC is:

New Zealand Defence Force (Army, Navy, Air Force)

Students over 16 years of age  interested in the Defence Force are welcome to attend ForceFit2 training, Monday nights 6.00 - 7.00pm @ HMNZS Olphert, 34 Waione Street, Petone and Wednesday nights 6.00pm - 7.00pm meeting outside Mojo's Café, Clyde Wharf, Wellington Waterfront.

Force Information Evenings are run on the last Thursday night of each month. 

Defence Experience Days @ Davis Field, will be held at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt on the following date, 3rd Oct. 

Defence Experience Week will be held 8th - 12th Oct.  

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:

Kiwi Flyer Guide to Aviation Training

This guide is available to download at 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. A copy is also on the Ultranet careers page in the Guides and Information folder

Careers NZ Where To From School E Book

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

Teaching Careers

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

AUT Future Career Sheets

AUT now have 90 career sheet available electronically looking at pathways after study in most areas. These also cover the personal  qualities that may suit your daughter to a particular career and include projected salaries. Have a look and see if what she is planning to study is right for her.See

University Guide Book

A wonderful guide has been collated by Universities NZ which contains information about every university in NZ (pages 10-25), all the degrees on offer and which universities offer them (pages 29-50) and a month by month guide to what to get done and when in your Year 13 year (pages 53-55) as well as other information about student loans and accommodation etc. A pdf version of this guide can be found in the Guides and Information section to the right of this page and is called Thinking About University.

Subject Choices for 2019 for students entering Year 13

Students who are thinking of medicine need to read the following before making subject choices for Year 13. You must take Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Calculus at Year 13. This will help you with your first year course if you are looking at Otago or Auckland.
For Auckland only:
There are two options for the first year pathway to medicine, Biomedical Science or Health Science.
For Health Science, students are required to have one Table A subject and one Table B subject at Year 13.
Table A subjects are Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art and Te Reo Maori.
Table B subjects are Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Digital Technologies, Economics, Physics, Statistics.For Biomedical Science there are no subject requirements, just ones that are recommended – so students looking at taking Biomedical Science as a pathway into medicine do not need to worry about Table A. An English-rich subject (Classics, Geography, English, History etc) is recommended for most of Science majors, as there is still some level of writing involved once at university. This is just recommended, however, and is by no means a requirement – so students who haven’t done one of these subjects at L3 can certainly still follow the Biomed route.


Picky ( is website for any student that may be considering an apprenticeship. The website is designed to help link employers with people wanting to enter into an apprenticeship. Interested students register for free and complete a profile. Employers can enter a number of search criteria (like the industry type, job location, etc) to search the Picky database for any matching profiles. Employers then make contact directly with their preferred match.

​AUT (Auckland University of Technology)

Useful links for AUT:  

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 2019, 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-

World University Rankings

Students often ask me which university is ‘best’ for a particular subject. I always say that they should look at the stage three papers on offer in the courses they are interested and to also consider where the university is and if they would want to live there for 3-4 years. Students may be interested in this link where they can search the ranking of a particular subject worldwide. I believe all the New Zealand universities are in the top 50-100 for many subjects. Otago was judged to be among the world’s top 10 universities for the study of Sport and sport-related disciplines, placing 7th internationally. This was the highest ranking achieved by any New Zealand university for any subject area in the 2017 rankings.

Otago University

Here are some great sites and resources to help prepare for study at Otago. 
Otago Life Website- includes information about getting prepared academically, services, support, finances and accommodation. page for school students- upcoming events, stories of interest, information about study options and more My Otago First Year (MOFY) website information about:
  • The differences between high school and university
  • What to expect and how to cope
  • Effective study strategies
  • Where to find information
Student Learning Development- advice and support for first years, study skills, time management and writing advice, peer learning and more

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.

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.

University Scholarships

There are many undergraduate scholarships that are not specifically for any one NZ university and several for prestigious overseas universities. Many of these applications close on December 1st. Please check the lists at the following link to see if you should consider applying for any of these.

Parents' Guide- Auckland University

Auckland University have written a parents' guide designed to help parents support your daughter’s decision making. It contains many answers to your questions about studying at Auckland University. See: