STAR courses

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UC Business School offers a number of Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) courses to secondary school students both on campus and by distance.

STAR students can enrol in almost any first-year course with the approval of the course coordinator and the student’s secondary school. The STAR programme allows talented students to extend their learning and earn points towards their UC degree by successfully completing our 100-level (first-year) Commerce courses. The STAR programme is suitable for challenging and advancing students' knowledge in their subject areas, and as added preparation for NCEA Scholarship exams.

Course CodeBusiness and Economics STAR courses
ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
ACCT 103  Introduction to Financial Accounting
ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 199 Introduction to Microeconomics (NOTE: available by distance only)
INFO 123 Introduction Systems and Technology
INFO 125 Introduction to Programming with Databases
MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
MKTG 100 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 170 Managerial Decision Making

Check out the full list of on campus and distance STAR courses offered at UC.

NOTE: School holidays and university holidays are at different times. 

As a general guide, a 15-point course at UC such as ECON 104 should equate to a workload of about 150 hours. If the course is run over one semester (as opposed to whole-year courses), this is a workload of just over eight hours a week on average, that includes the time spent in lectures and tutorials. Students and the STAR coordinators should check the timetable information for the on-campus lectures and tutorials. Distance courses such as ECON 199 are delivered via the online learning system (Learn). ECON 199 is a 15-point course run over the whole year and has a workload of around four hours a week on average.

We are able to offer both ECON 104 and ECON 105 courses free of charge to students.

The tuition fee for a standard 15-point STAR course in 2017 is $540. This applies to both domestic and international STAR students. Textbooks, if required, are not included in this cost. Once enrolled students will be able to obtain a Canterbury Card that serves as a Library card. They will also have access to the online learning system and student email.

As students remain as fully-enrolled secondary school students, they should not complete the standard university enrolment process.

The STAR office will arrange a contract with your school and once signed, schools will be asked to submit:

  • A school registration form for the semester.
  • A student enrolment form for each student.
  • Certified citizenship documentation for each student.

Once students are fully enrolled they will receive an enrolment confirmation letter by email and by post. Students enrolling in or withdrawing from STAR courses must do so through their school.

For more information visit the STAR programme at UC page.

To find out more about STAR Business courses