The New Zealand Police and Unitec Institute of Technology have developed an innovative and creative initiative to support the transition of Year 13 students into a career in New Zealand Police.

This programme aims to provide students with a foundational understanding of real-world knowledge, constructive attributes and positive attitudes associated with Policing in Aotearoa. In addition, the course gives students opportunity to explore physical and leadership requirements of being a Police Officer.

Topics include:

  • The role of Police in contributing to better public services and societāl outcomes
  • History of police within the community
  • Diversity of policing in the community
  • Mātauranga Māori and police
  • Communication
  • Formal and informal interview strategies
  • Physical appraisal training and testing
  • Psychometric testing
  • Leadership in Police
  • Emotional Intelligence and policing
  • Community work-based experiences
  • Leads to: Defence Forces, Police Training, Psychology
  • Cost and Materials: To be confirmed
  • Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
  • Teacher in Charge: Mr C Gibbons


Individual Senior Programmes by arrangement

Gateway is a work based learning programme that offers opportunities to earn nationally recognized qualifications in a career of your choice. This could include such industries as: Early Childhood, Retail Skills, Equine Studies, Elder Care, Agriculture, Animal Care, Baking or Butchery.

  • It offers structured workplace learning to senior students
  • It allows students the opportunity to develop work related skills and values
  • It allows students to gain qualifications in their chosen industry and gain industry related unit standards whilst still at school

What will I learn? This will depend on subject chosen and qualification on offer.

How will I learn? Distance learning with Polytechnics and outside providers supported by the Student Centre staff and tutors from outside providers.

  • Leads to: Provides a pathway directly into industry and gives the student an opportunity to see if this is the career they would like to follow
  • Cost and Materials: Contribution to course costs is required in some cases
  • Entry Requirements: Students must be able to demonstrate a history of satisfactory attendance, independent work habits and a genuine interest in an alternative subject
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs M Gilmour & Mrs L Setford

Examples of Individual Programmes on offer:

Agriculture – Students gain Unit Standards while working one day per week on a farm for a year. The course can lead to a Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

Early Childhood Training – Students study unit standards through Porse and spend one day per week during either Terms 2 and 3 working at either an Early Childhood Centre or Kindergarten. The theory work is self-paced and the Porse tutor comes in once per week to mark work and keep students on track. The course can lead to studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood).

Equine/Animal Care – Unit standards are available in Equine Studies through Telford Polytechnic and Equine eLearning Ltd. Students must complete a work placement in the industry during Terms 2 and 3. A strong background in horses is essential.

Elder Care – Students work towards a National Certificate in Community Support (Level 3) and spend one day per week working in the rest home industry. The course can lead to a Bachelor of Nursing.

Retail Skills – This course is aimed at those students who are looking at a career in the Retail or Customer Service Industry. All students must complete a practical work placement within the industry one day per week for a minimum of one term or alternatively have their own part-time retail job.

EIT Trades Academy Courses

Designed for senior students who would like to explore a potential vocational pathway in the trades.

Students select one of the trades on offer and will attend EIT one day a week for the duration of the year. They offer 20+ Level 2 or Level 3 NCEA credits (Unit Standards).

Teachers understand girls are off site for a day and structure school programmes to minimise the disruption of students potentially missing some school class time.

Courses offeredLevel
Building and Construction
(2 days compulsory at EIT for Level 3)
Computer Technician
(Entry conditions may apply for Level 3)
Hair and Beauty2/3
Hospitality    2/3
Travel and Tourism2
Trades Skills
(A combination of automotive, engineeringand
construction for those who would liketo try all of them)

  • Leads to: Provides a pathway directly into industry and gives the student an opportunity to see if this is the career they would like to follow.
  • Cost and Materials: Not applicable
  • Entry Requirements: Students must have good attendance, independent work habits and a genuine interest in an alternative subject.
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs C Kelsey