UC offers secondary students the opportunity to study first-year courses at year 12 and 13 via the STAR programme. The College of Engineering offers Star course in Mathematics, Computer Science and Forestry Science. Courses can be taken by distance learning or on campus.
- MATH 199 AIMS - Advancing in Mathematical Sciences - Math199 on campus
- Statistics 101
- Computer Science STAR course is for Year 13 students in Christchurch and is equivalent to COSC 121 and COSC 122.
- Forestry 111