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The Fast Path into Engineering and Product Design degrees

3 Steps to start your degree in February 2024

The University of Canterbury (UC) and Hagley College collaborated to bring you this three-stage pathway designed for 20+ students. The courses offer blended learning, with part-time and flexible study opportunities. You will receive course advice at each stage based on your background and performance, your intended career, and appropriate available course options.

Stage 1: Te Puna Wai o Waipapa Hagley College After 3 programme

21 June to 3 November 2023

  • Pre-UC Mathematics course (Tuesdays, 6-9pm, from 27 June)
  • Pre-UC Physics and Maths integrated course (Wednesdays, 5-9pm, from 21 June + 2 hours additional online)
  • Blend of online and face-to-face delivery
  • Visits to UC to meet teachers from Stage 2 Transitions programme

Pre-requisite: NCEA Level 1 Math, with algebra fundamentals.

Stage 2: University of Canterbury Transitions Programme

6 November 2023 to 11 February 2024

A choice of pre-degree courses in Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry over the 2023/2024 Summer School and Headstart Programmes.

  • TRNS007 Preparatory Mathematics (6 November - 17 December 2023)
  • TRNS008 Fundamentals of Physics (1 January - 11 February 2024) and
  • TRNS017 Mathematics with Calculus or TRNS006 Elementary Chemistry (1 January - 11 February 2024) 

Stage 3: University of Canterbury 1st Year BE(Hons) or BProdDesign

From 2024

Begin your journey into Engineering or Product Design degrees.

Student advisors in the College of Engineering will design a customised first year course of study based on your Stage 1 and 2 performance and your future aspirations. There are a range of engineering and product design disciplines to choose from. Work experience will be taken into account.

Who is it for?

  • Those aged 20+ (or with UE in another field), considering a change to a career in Engineering or Product Design.
  • if you are under 20 years old and do not have UE, you will need to meet UE requirements by completing the CUP programme or getting additional NCEA credits.

Programme features

  • Support: advice and guidance from early on in your pathway about study options, demands and expectations, particularly in Mathematics.
  • Skill development: develop study habits and strategies for success at degree level.
  • Connections: grow an established network of fellow students through the cohort progressing together and become familiar with the UC campus, learning systems and people.



Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3


21 June – 3 Nov 2023 6 Nov 2023 – 11 Feb 2024 19 Feb 2024


Hagley College

UC Transition Programmes: Headstart

UC College of Engineering


Maths and Physics  Integrated

TRNS017 Maths with Calculus

TRNS008 Fundamentals of Physics

BE (Hons)  

1st  year


Maths and Physics Integrated

TRNS008 Fundamentals of Physics (Recommended)


None required



TRNS006 Elementary Chemistry

(Industrial Product Design)


Immersive Game Design)


(Chemical Formulation Design)


NCEA Level 2 Pre-degree  Degree: Year 1


Contact us

For more information at UC contact the Student Transitions and Engagement team:

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 369 3337

For more information at Hagley College contact the Hagley Tertiary Pathways Programme team:

Te Puna Wai o Waipapa | Hagley College 
510 Hagley Avenue
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 379 3090