Studying University Courses in Year 13

A number of New Zealand universities offer Year 13 students to begin tertiary study while still at school – this option is available to Aquinas students who have demonstarted the potential to achieve academic success at tertiary level papers, study independently, and whose study courses would benefit from starting their study while at school.

University of Waikato – Unistart

  • The University of Waikato Unistart programme gives secondary school students a head-start in tertiary
    education by letting them complete university papers while they’re still at school. For information on courses available, please see their Unistart programme information here.

Canterbury University – Star

  • Year 13 students anywhere around Aotearoa New Zealand can study STAR courses by distance through UC. For motivated students, this is a chance to get a head start on your university studies before finishing secondary school study. For information on courses available via distance learning – please see the STAR prospectus here.

Auckland University – Young Scholars Programme

  • Year 13 students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability have the opportunity to study at the University of Auckland. Find out more about courses and entrance criteria here.

Massey University – Accelerate School + Massey

  • Massey does allow for suitable full-time Year 13 secondary school students to enroll in one or two courses (up to a maximum of 30 credits in an academic year). Find out more about the application process here.

Otago University  – Theology for Year 13 students

  • Students wishing to learn more about theology, can apply to study at Otago while still in Year 13 – find out more here.

If you would like to find out more about these options and how to fit them into your potential Year 13 course of study, please see Mr Smith (