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New Zealand Skills and Education College

STAR and Gateway for Schools

Pathway opportunities into top New Zealand universities
Work placement and real-world job experience
Great student support and industry professional tutors

Our STAR and Gateway courses are aimed to meet the needs of New Zealand’s youth in an environment that is challenging and rewarding.

A Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) course allows secondary school students to train for a specific career or study at a tertiary level. Students participate in short-term courses or ‘taster courses’ for a few days at a time, or one day per week for several weeks; or longer-term courses leading into Gateway.

Gateway courses are longer term programmes which lead to industry unit standard qualifications. Gateway courses are tailored for secondary school students and are structured around work-based learning, allowing them to learn and work while still at school and experience what they will do in a work place.

General Programme Information

School and Community Visits

We liaise with many community groups around the country whether it’s Maori or Pasifika, we don’t just cater for the youth we also have a strong adult presence who are up-skilling to further their knowledge which they didn’t have when they were young. Our industry partners are important as they allow our students for work experience before they graduate. We are happy to visit schools around the region to arrange a visit and talk to your students. Please contact us to have a chat.

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Our STAR and Gateway Programmes


ATC Military Prep

ATC Military Prep uses military-style training and techniques to prepare students for pathways into the workforce, possible careers in the New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police or other related services. It can also help you get the credits needed to advance into further study or university. Each year new students flourish in the atmosphere of a military-styled education system, achieving academic, physical, and vocational heights they never thought were possible.

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Digital Tech and Information Technology

Our Digital Tech and Information Technology programmes give students an introduction into the ever-growing tech industry. Students will have the opportunity to interact with real tech experts and benefit from their experiences and insights. We promote a hands-on, collaborative approach to learning, always tying back to the challenges and needs of the real world from an IT/Digital Tech perspective.

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Our Healthcare courses give students a first hand look into what it takes to become a skilled, sought-after healthcare worker in the New Zealand healthcare industry. Students will be given the opportunity to develop the real-world skills used in a health and wellbeing setting.

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Early Childhood Education

Provides the necessary foundation towards helping educate and care for infants, toddlers, and young children. Excellent for students who show an interest in teaching and like the idea of helping to grow the minds of young New Zealanders.

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STAR and Gateway Guide

Download our Guide or get in touch with one of our team members at NZSE College.
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