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.


Cambridge Immerse 2020 Scholarship opportunity

Cambridge Immerse  is an opportunity for students from around the world to attend a two-week residential programme for either 13-15 year old  or 16-18 year old students. These take place in University of Cambridge colleges in the UK during July and August. Students can select from 18 subjects, such as architecture, creative writing, international relations, medicine, computer science or law, and explore through dynamic sessions led by expert university tutors. See for more information and how to apply.Cambridge Immerse hold an annual Immerse Education essay competition with prizes of partial or full scholarships. 
Applications close 20 January, 2020. 

Waikato University -new courses for 2020

The University of Waikato is offering the following new programmes: Bachelor of Health
  • The Bachelor of Health offers students who are passionate about health and wellbeing a multidisciplinary programme of study that will help them to become innovative leaders who can contribute to change in systems and practices to support individuals and their communities. You can read more about this qualification here.
New Industrial Design major (in Bachelor of Design degree)
  • Industrial designers shape the way we live in by designing products that are durable, effective in purpose, and beautiful in appearance. Waikato's new Industrial Design major will equip graduates with the knowledge and experience required to design and develop industrially-produced objects. You can read more about this qualification here.
New Electrical and Electronic Engineering major (in Bachelor of Engineering with Honours)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a uniquely future-focused integration of computer science involving software programming, data management and cyber-security with modern power systems, embedded systems and communication. You can read more about this qualification here.
New Mechatronics major (in Bachelor of Engineering with Honours)
  • Automated systems have spread into most aspects of life. The demand for “Smart Systems” and mechatronics engineers well-versed in building and operating intelligent robots and artificial intelligence is growing nationally and internationally. You can read more about this qualification here.

Applications for the University of Canterbury

Applications for UC are now open. Please complete applications for 2020 courses as soon as possible and before 9 December 2019.
You will need to log into your myUC account and complete your application by selecting the qualification and courses you wish to enrol in.
If you require course advice or assistance with your application you are welcome to contact UC by calling 0800 VARSITY (0800 827 748) or emailing 

Applications for AUT

Year 13 students who would like to discuss options, or need help with their AUT application for next year, please feel free to contact Michael Collins.
Phone: 021532093 
He can organise a Zoom video call session to answer your questions and give advice. This way he can ensure you are sorted for your 2020 studies before the start of examinations in a few weeks.

Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland.

Interviews are underway for entry to the Bachelors programmes for the February 2020 intake.

Study Arts & Design in Auckland at Whitecliffe. 
Whitecliffe undergraduate qualifications include 18-week Certificates in ARTS AND DESIGN or DIGITAL MEDIA and DESIGN , a Level 4 certificate in IT Essentials, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with majors in FINE ARTS, PHOTO MEDIA, FASHION DESIGN and GRAPHIC DESIGN. Whitecliffe Masters programmes include a MASTERS OF FINE ART, and a Masters of Arts in ART THERAPY.

Application Due Date:
Undergraduate Programmes 31 October 2019(Late applications will be considered)

Arts Therapy on 1 October 2019(Late applications will be considered)

Master of Fine Arts on 31 October 2019 (Late applications will be considered)

Massey College of Creative Arts (CoCA) Scholarships

Applications for these close on the 31st of October and include: 
  •  A new “Māori and Pasifika Design Award” of $1,000.
  •  3x $10,000 Bachelor of Creative Media Production including 1 for Māori students and 1 for Pasifika students.  
  •  3x $10,000 Bachelor of Commercial Music including 1x Māori and 1X Pacifika.
 The link for more information is here:

University of Canterbury Update

UC has a new degree. The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership (BYCL) will be offered from 2020 subject to New Zealand CUAL approval. The degree will develop professional leadership and entrepreneurial skills for anyone passionate about issues such as sustainability, human rights, equality, and humanitarian efforts. The degree is 3 years. also have another major available for the Bachelor of Science degree from 2020: Medicinal Chemistry.

Student Job Interview Guide and Tips

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to job interview success, helping you to attend a job interview and have the confidence to shine! All job types are covered, and a list of template answers will help you put together your own replies. Getting a part-time or summer job is a lot easier with this guide, exclusive to MoneyHub. To access the guide, visit the MoneyHub Student Job Interview Tips page.

Victoria Career View Publications

The latest Careers and Employment Career View publication is International Business. Look out for Pacific and Samoan Studies and Media Studies coming soon. Career View is a great resource to help you research where  particular degree may lead. You can also see the diverse pathways that graduates from these disciplines have taken.

Victoria University- New Bachelor of Midwifery

Victoria University of Wellington has launched a new Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid)* programme. The BMid is a four-year undergraduate degree that gives students the skills to support the health and wellbeing of new families during, and after, pregnancy and birth. Students will learn from academics who are experienced and passionate midwives—as well as getting access to Victoria University of Wellington’s expertise in science, psychology, and education. In the first year, students take foundation courses in biology, chemistry, human development, and health psychology. They will also get an introduction to midwifery practice, experiencing the hands-on aspects of care in a clinical setting such as a hospital or birthing centre. In the second, third, and fourth years, students focus on midwifery theory and practice and will complete 2,400 practical hours by the end of their degree. *Subject to regulatory approval

InvestIN Education UK

InvestIN offers many career programmes in London ranging from short weekend courses to internships of several days, for school and university students. They cover a range of career options and run during the UK Summer. See this link for the range on offer.

New degree at Auckland University- Bachelor of Design

In 2020, Auckland University are introducing a Bachelor of Design, with 11 undergraduate conjoint options, Advanced Science (Hons), Arts, Commerce, Engineering (Hons), Global Studies, Health Science, Law (including Hons) Music, Property and Science. This course is limited to 100 students in the first year. The practice of design has dramatically evolved in response to emerging technologies and the growing need for industries to respond to a rapidly changing world. Across all business sectors, employers seek designers who can create solutions to complex problems – through creative making, entrepreneurial thinking and consideration of all potential outcomes. There’s a wealth of opportunity for skilled designers in business, health, science, art, entertainment, manufacturing and other industries.

Victoria University- new degree for 2020

Designed to take advantage of the University’s capital city location, the Bachelor of Communication will offer a range of majors found at no other New Zealand tertiary institution. They are: Intercultural Communication, Media Studies, Literary and Creative Communication, Political Communication, and Science Communication.
Victoria also offer a series of publications called Career View which look at career options from their degrees. These are worth looking at if you are wondering where  a particular subject could lead.

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:

University Guide

Students considering attending university when they leave school should visit this website  It has many links to more information about the universities on offer in New Zealand and a pdf at the bottom of the page linked above called ‘Thinking About University’ has all the undergraduate degrees available in NZ listed. I highly recommend this resource.

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


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.

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.

Guide to Student Loans and Allowances

School Leaver NZ have put together a free Guide to Loans and Allowances E Book for students planning tertiary education. This is worth reading as parents and also for your daughters.

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 2019, 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.

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.

MoneyHub Scholarship Search

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.

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-

Resilience, Stress and Grit

A short online course is available to complete here-

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.  

​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:  Also see

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 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.

Subject Choices for 2020 for students entering Year 13

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 and Chemistry. Students are required to have one Table A (English rich) 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, from table A/B but it is strongly recommended that students have Level 3 Chemistry, it is recommended they have Level 3 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 etc) is recommended for most of Science majors, as there is still some level of writing involved once at university. See   

Changes for Selection to Medicine and Dentistry

From 2019, 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 new test is a 2 hour computer based test which gives students immediate results. The test consists of five, seprately timed, subtests in these areas:  verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, absract reasoning and situational judgement .All the universities in New Zealand and Australia who will be changing to UCAT 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  in early 2019.

UCAT preparation

In New Zealand students applying for medical school must sit a UCAT examination in the year they apply for medical school (usually the end of their first year of study at university) Students may  choose to sit this examination as a practice in Year 13 (although the grade will not count toward their final application, unless you are planning to apply to study overseas, as the test must be done in the year you apply for medical school. NZ universities all require you to complete a first year university course before applying for medicine) The examination is run in July 2019 but you would need to register by 17 May 2019. There are several organisations that offer support in preparing for UCAT and this one (MedEntry) has sent me some information, available via the link. There are costs involved. Please note that Otago University have repeatedly stated that there is no advantage in sitting this test as ‘practice’ in Year 13.

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.