For Secondary Students

Moving from school to tertiary education is an exciting prospect - and it can also be a bit scary. At Unitec, you'll find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and you'll be joining around 23,000 other students of all ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.

Our Mt Albert campus is located in 55 hectares of lawns and gardens, with a stream running through it and a lovely bush walk round the outside. There's always something interesting happening - Kapa Haka, student exhibitions, live performances and film productions, sports training and a buzzy cafe scene.

If you live out West, our newly expanded Waitakere campus is in the heart of Henderson, just a few minutes' walk from a busy shopping and entertainment centre. Our campus in Albany on the North Shore is surrounded by cutting edge technology businesses.

What's different about Unitec?

Unitec is an Institute of Technology that offers a huge range of programmes, from short courses to graduate and postgraduate qualifications - certificates, diplomas and degrees. What's different about us is our focus on real-world learning. When you graduate with a qualification from Unitec, you will be ready for work in the real-world. Our qualifications are recognised locally and internationally, for that reason.

How do I decide what to study?

If you know what you want to do but you're not sure which programme to choose, come and be a Student for a Day or do one of our Try it for a Day workshops. We also run Enrolment Evening when you can visit our campuses, talk to current students or lecturers, and find out what Unitec is all about.

If you don't know what you want to do, contact Unitec's Career Centre. Our qualified staff can help you make informed decisions about your study options, and guide you on your career path.

What if I don't have enough credits for a tertiary education?

If you're leaving school without the qualifications for a tertiary education, you can enrol in a Foundation Studies programme to improve the writing, computer and communication skills you'll need to succeed in higher-level study. Many of our students staircase from this programme into diploma or degree programmes, and go on to successful careers.

When should I apply?

Unitec has an open application policy. We welcome applications at any time throughout the year, although some programmes may have a preferential application date. More than 50% of Unitec's programmes can be started mid-year and some programmes offer Summer School.

Where should I go for more help?

Unitec's Student Recruitment team can help you take the step into tertiary education. You can talk to any of the team members about:

  • Contacting Unitec staff
  • Course advice and planning
  • Student services and on-campus facilities
  • The application and enrolment process


For further information please contact:

Blair Sorensen
Relationship Programmes Advisor
Unitec Institute of Technology
Carrington Rd
Private Bag 92025
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

Phone +64-9-815 4321 ext 7625

Last edited: 14 November 2013