Headstart runs over the summer from 5 January to 12 February 2021.
If you qualify for University Entrance, but plan on studying a subject you are not confident in, or if you have been away from study for a while, then the Headstart pre-university catch up programme may be for you.
Mathematics is an important subject if you intend to major in Engineering, Commerce, or any of the sciences including Health Sciences, Psychology or Forestry.
Physics and/or chemistry are key subjects if you intend to major in the Physical Sciences, Biochemistry or Engineering.
Headstart courses are designed to prepare students for 100-level study at UC. While the science courses are very likely to be helpful for Health Sciences or Veterinary Science at other universities, it is not guaranteed that they will be entirely suitable preparation.
Headstart courses do not contribute credit points towards a degree.
There are no entry requirements for Headstart courses. However, if you have no background in your chosen subject, you may find Headstart challenging. You may need to do some preliminary study before attending. Contact Transition Programmes for further information.
Qualification structure and duration
Headstart courses are 6-weeks long and cover pre-university material generally equivalent to NCEA level 2 or level 2/3.
All courses are very intensive and you can only enrol in one or two courses. You are also expected to do extra work in your own time.
Choose one or two courses ONLY (2021 courses not available until October 2020):
- TRNS002 Te Uku: Perspective on the history and political expansions of Aotearoa and the Pacific
- TRNS004 Teacher Education and Educational Studies
- TRNS005 Exploring the Psychology and Biology of the Human Mind
- TRNS006 Chemistry: An introduction to atoms, bonding and reactions
- TRNS008 Fundamental Physics
- TRNS010 Digital Data: An exploration of the use and pervasiveness of data in a digitised society
- TRNS011 An Introduction to Business
- TRNS012 An Invitation to Law
- TRNS017 Mathematics with Calculus
If you have NCEA level 1 and/or some credits at level 2 in the relevant subject, Headstart is right for you.
If you have good, recent results at level 2, contact Transition Programmes to discuss whether or not you need Headstart.
If you have a strong recent background in a subject at NCEA level 3 or equivalent, you will not need Headstart.
2020 Fees below (2021 Fees yet to be announced):
- $777.00 (Domestic)
- $3,375.00 (International)
Headstart Summer 2021
How to enrol
Start date: 5 January 2021 End date: 12 February 2021
Qualification: 2020 Certificate of Proficiency Preparatory (COP PREP)
Accommodation during the Headstart programme is offered at University Hall. Rooms are fully-furnished with meals provided at the rate of $300 per week (in 2020), however due to 2021 contract start dates, rooms must be vacated by early February for students not residing at University Hall for the 2021 academic year.
For further information or to book contact 0508 864 425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact the Student Transitions and Engagement team:
For assistance with planning your Headstart course of study contact the Programme Coordinator: