Suitable courses for STAR students

The tables below list the on-campus and distance courses we have identified as being most suitable for STAR students. If you are interested in taking a first-year (100-level) UC course that is not listed below, you will need approval from the Course Coordinator and your school. Please contact the UC STAR Coordinator for more information. 

STAR students normally pay a reduced rate for courses - as shown in the tables below. The regular UC student fee is listed on the Course Information page (via the course links in the tables). 

2023 On campus courses

Course CodeCourse TitlePointsSemesterCourse Fee for STAR students
ACCT102 Accounting and Financial Information 15 S1 S2 $580.50
ACCT103 Accounting and Taxation: An Introduction
Students must complete ACCT102 first.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
ANTA102 Antarctica: The Cold Continent
Students who have taken ANTA101 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
ANTH105 Human Evolution 15 - S2 $580.50
ANTH108 Witchcraft, Magic and The Dead 15 S1 - $580.50
ASTR109 The Cosmos: Birth and Evolution 15 S1 - $580.50
BIOL111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry 15 S1 - $580.50
BIOL112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 15 - S2 $580.50
BIOL113  Diversity of Life 15 S1 - $580.50
BIOL116 Human Biology
This course is not a core course for the Biological Sciences major, but is for the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
15 - S2 $580.50
CHEM111 Chemical Principles and Processes
Students should complete CHEM114 or 14 credits NCEA Level 3 Chemistry first.
Attendance at laboratories and tutorials is required for this course.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
CHEM112 Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Students should complete CHEM114 or 14 credits NCEA Level 3 Chemistry first.
Attendance at laboratories and tutorials is required for this course.
15 - S2 $580.50
CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry
Students who have already completed 14 credits NCEA Level 3 Chemistry should not enrol in this course.
Attendance at laboratories and tutorials is required for this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
CHCH101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation 15 S1 - $580.50
CHIN151 Chinese Language 1-A 15 S1 - $580.50
CHIN152 Chinese Language 1-B
Students should complete CHIN151 or a placement test first.
15 - S2 $580.50
CHIN155 Understanding China 15  S1 - $580.50
CINE102 The Backpacker's Guide to World Cinema 15 - S2 $580.50
CINE104 The Oscar for Best Picture: The Envelope Please! 15 S1 - $580.50
CLAS120 People, Places and Histories of the Graeco-Roman World 15 S1 - $580.50
CLAS122 Myth, Power and Identity in the Graeco-Roman World 15 - S2 $580.50
CLAS135 Beginners' Greek
Students should complete CLAS151 or equivalent preparation approved by the Head of School first.
Some classes will be held at the City Campus in the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.
15 - S2 $580.50
CLAS145 Beginners' Latin
Students should complete CLAS151 or equivalent preparation approved by the Head of School first.
15 - S2 $580.50
CLAS151 Greek and Latin for Absolute Beginners 15 S1 - $580.50
COMS101 Media and Society (TBC) 15 S1 - $580.50
COMS102 Introduction to News and Journalism (TBC) 15 S2 - $580.50
COMS104 Introduction to Strategic Communication (TBC) 15 S2 - $580.50
COSC131 Introduction to Programming for Engineers
This is the first half of the Computer Science STAR Programme for students with about 20 credits of mathematics with a good proportion of excellences at NCEA Level 2 or Level 3, or the equivalent for students not doing a full NCEA programme. Prior programming experience is not essential.STAR lectures start in the second week of Semester 1 (27 Feb 2023).
15 S1 - $580.50
COSC122 Introduction to Computer Science
This is the second half of the Computer Science STAR Programme for students with about 20 credits of mathematics with a good proportion of excellences at NCEA Level 2 or Level 3, or the equivalent for students not doing a full NCEA programme. Prior programming experience is not essential.
Students need to pass COSC131 (or equivalent) before they can continue with COSC122.
STAR lectures start in the second week of Semester 2 (24 July 2023).
15 - S2 $580.50
CRJU101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 15 S1 - $580.50
CRJU150 Legal Method in the Criminal Justice Context 15 S1 - $580.50
CRJU160 Legal Issues in the New Zealand Criminal Justice System 15 - S2 $580.50
DIGI125 Music Technologies
Students who have completed MUSA125 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
ECON104 Introduction to Microeconomics 
Students who have completed ECON199 should not enrol in this course.
The tuition fees for ECON104 on-campus are covered by the UC Business School. Schools will not be invoiced for ECON104.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
ECON105 Introduction to Macroeconomics
The tuition fees for ECON105 on-campus are covered by the UC Business School. Schools will not be invoiced for ECON105.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
EDUC101 Spark! The Art & Science of Learning 15 - S2 $580.50
EDUC102 Child and Adolescent Development 15 - S2 $580.50
EDUC103 Education, Culture and Society 15 S1 - $580.50
ENGL102 Great Works 15 S1 - $580.50
ENGL117 Writing for Academic Success
Students who have completed WRIT101 should not enrol in this course.
ENGL117/WRIT101 is one of three compulsory courses of which Arts students need to pick two.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
ENLA102 Language and Society in New Zealand and Beyond
Students who have completed LING102 should not enrol in this course
15 - S2 $580.50
ENVR101 Introduction to Environmental Science 15 S1 - $580.50
EURA101 Global EUrope 15 S1 - $580.50
FINC101 Personal Finance 15 S1 - $580.50
FORE111 Trees, Forests and the Environment 15 S1 - $580.50
FREN121 French Language Acquisition: Beginners A 15 S1 - $580.50
FREN122 French Language Acquisition: Beginners B
Students should have completed FREN121 first or have a level in French acceptable to the Programme Director.
15 - S2 $580.50
FREN221 French Language Acquisition: Intermediate A
Students should have completed FREN122 first or have a level in French acceptable to the Programme Director.
15 S1 - $580.50
FREN222 French Language Acquisition: Intermediate B
Students should have completed FREN221 first or have a level in French acceptable to the Programme Director.
15 - S2 $580.50
GEOG106 Global Environmental Change 15 - S2 $580.50
GEOG110 People, Places and Environments 15 S1 - $580.50
GEOL101 Building Planet Earth: Fundamentals of Earth Science 15 S1   $580.50
GEOL102 Environmental Earth System Science 15   S2 $580.50
GRMN151 Elementary German Language A 15  S1 - $580.50
GRMN152 Elementary German Language B
Students should have completed GRMN151 first or 20 credits German at NCEA Level 2 or by placement test.
15 - S2 $580.50
HLED121 Introduction to Health Education 15 S1 - $580.50
HLED122 Building Resilience  15 - S2 $580.50
HLTH101 Introduction to Health Studies 15 S1 - $580.50
HLTH106 Te Wero - Maori Health Issues and Opportunities 15 S1 - $580.50
HLTH110 Epidemiology 15 - S2 $580.50
HLTH111 Global Health
Recommended preparation: HLTH101.
15 - S2 $580.50
HIST136 Revolutions and Revolutionaries 15 S1 - $580.50
HIST137 Modern World History 15 S1 - $580.50
HSRV103 Violence in Society
This course covers some sensitive topics.
15 - S2 $580.50
HSRV104 Youth Realities
This course covers some sensitive topics.
Students who have completed SOWK104 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
INFO123 Business Information Systems and Technology 15 S1 S2 $580.50
INFO125 Introduction to Programming with Databases 15 S1 - $580.50
JAPA126 Elementary Japanese B
Students should have NCEA Level 2 Japanese first.
30 - S2 $1,161.00
LING101 How Language Works 15 S1 - $580.50
LING102 Language and Society in New Zealand and Beyond 15 - S2 $580.50
MGMT100 Fundamentals of Management 15 S1 S2 $580.50
MGMT170 Managerial Decision Making 15 - S2 $580.50
MAOR107 Te Ara o Tawhaki: Maori Thought, Beliefs and Practices
Students should have NCEA Level 2 Literacy, either English or Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira. 
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.
15 S1 - $580.50
MAOR108 Te Patu a Maui: The Treaty of Waitangi - facing and overcoming colonisation
Students should have NCEA Level 2 Literacy, either English or Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.
15 - S2 $580.50
MAOR165 Tuakiri : Culture and Identity
Students should have NCEA Level 2 Literacy, either English or Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.
15 S1 - $580.50
MATH120 Discrete Mathematics
Applications will be assessed by Head of School or nominee before students can enrol in MATH199. Recommended preparation is about 20 credits of Mathematics with a good proportion of excellences at NCEA Level 3, or the equivalent for students not doing a full NCEA programme. Enrolments will be considered if students’ Level 2 calculus results are excellent and they take Year 13 Calculus concurrently with MATH199. This course has an introductory session in the week before the course starts - details will be available soon.
15 - S2 $580.50
MATH199 AIMS - Advancing in Mathematical Sciences
Applications will be assessed by Head of School or nominee before students can enrol in MATH199. Recommended preparation is about 20 credits of Mathematics with a good proportion of excellences at NCEA Level 3, or the equivalent for students not doing a full NCEA programme. Enrolments will be considered if students’ Level 2 calculus results are excellent and they take year 13 calculus concurrently with MATH199. This course has an introductory session in the week before the course starts - details will be available soon.
The tuition fees for MATH199 are covered by the Faculty of Engineering. Schools will not be invoiced for MATH199.
30 W  ($1,603) 
MKTG100 Principles of Marketing 15 S1 S2 $580.50
MUSA100 Essentials in Music Techniques 15 S1 - $580.50
MUSA125 Music Technologies
Students who have completed DIGI125 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
MUSA132 Musics of the World 15 S1 - $580.50
MUSA141
MUSA142 
Students wishing to enrol in a Performance Music course (MUSA141 Performance 1A or MUSA142 Performance 1B) should apply using a Performance Music Secondary School Student Application form, which will be available from the Department soon. STAR students will need to pay the full UC tuition fee upfront (like other UC students) however the Student Services Levy will be waived. 15
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S1
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MUSA152 Acoustics and Recording Techniques 15 - S2 $580.50
PHIL110 Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus 15 - S2 $580.50
PHIL133 Philosophy and Human Nature 15 S1 - $580.50
PHIL139 Ethics, Politics and Justice 15 S1 - $580.50
PHYS101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics
Attendance at laboratories and tutorials is required for this course.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
PHYS111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering
Attendance at laboratories and tutorials is required for this course.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
POLS102 Politics: An Introduction 15 S1 - $580.50
POLS103 Introduction to New Zealand Politics and Policy 15 S1 - $580.50
POLS104 Introduction to International Relations 15 - S2 $580.50
PSYC105 Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 15 S1 - $580.50
PSYC106 Introductory Psychology - Social, Personality and Developmental 15 - S2 $580.50
RUSS130 Elementary Russian Language A 15 S1 - $580.50
RUSS131 Elementary Russian Language B
Students should complete RUSS130 first.
15 - S2 $580.50
SCIM101 Science, Maori and Indigenous Knowledge (TBC)
Students who have completed MAOR172 should not enrol in this course.
15 - S2 $580.50
SOCI111 Exploring Society 15 S1 - $580.50
SOCI112 Global Society 15 - S2 $580.50
SOWK102 Social Services in Aotearoa
Students who have completed HSRV102 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
SOWK104 Youth Realities
This course covers some senstive topics.
Students who have completed HSRV104 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
SPAN101 Beginners' Spanish A 15 S1 -; $580.50
SPAN102 Beginners' Spanish B
Students should have completed SPAN101 first or have a level in Spanish acceptable to the Programme Director.
15 - S2 $580.50
SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish Language A
‌Students should have completed SPAN102 first or have a level in Spanish acceptable to the Programme Director.
15 S1 - $580.50
SPSC113 Introduction to Communication Disorders 15 - S2 $580.50
SPSC114 The Art and Science of Human Communication 15 S1 - $580.50 
SPSC161 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Hearing and Swallowing Mechanism 15 S1 - $580.50
SPCO101 Introduction to Sport Coaching 15 S1 - $580.50
SPCO102 Theoretical Foundations of Coaching and Teaching 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO103 Sport Psychology 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO104 Anatomy and Physiology 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO105 Sport, History and Society 15 S1 - $580.50
SPCO107 Sport Nutrition 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO126 Land Journeys and Ethics 15 - S2 $580.50
STAT101 Statistics 1 15 S1 S2 $580.50
TREO110 Te Ngao Tu: Conversational Maori for Absolute Beginners
For students with 24 credits in Te Reo Māori at NCEA Level 1.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.     
15 S1 S2 $580.50
TREO111 Te Ngao Pae 1: Introductory Reo 1
For students with 24 credits in Te Reo Māori at NCEA Level 2 or those who have completed TREO110.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.  
15 S1 - $580.50
TREO112 Te Ngao Pae 2: Introductory Reo 2
For students with 24 credits in Te Reo Māori at NCEA Level 2 or those who have completed TREO111.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.  
15 - S2 $580.50
TREO211 Te Ngao Mamaku 1
For Year 13 students with 24 credits in Te Reo Māori at NCEA Level 3 or those who have completed TREO112.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.  
15 S1 - $580.50
TREO212 Te Ngao Mamaku 2
For Year 13 students with 24 credits in Te Reo Māori at NCEA Level 3 or those who have completed TREO211.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first to enrol in this course. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.  
15 - S2 $580.50
WRIT101 Writing for Academic Success
Students who have completed ENGL117 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
YACL101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading the Self 15 S1 - $580.50
YACL102 Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa 15 - S2 $580.50




2023 Distance courses

Course CodeCourse TitlePointsSemesterCourse fee for STAR students
ASTR109 The Cosmos: Birth and Evolution 15 S1 - $580.50
CHCH101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation 15 S1 - $580.50
CINE104 The Oscar for Best Picture: The Envelope Please! 15 S1 - $580.50
CLAS120 People, Places and Histories of the Graeco-Roman World 15 S1 - $580.50
CLAS122 Myth, Power and Identity in the Graeco-Roman World 15 - S2 $580.50
CLAS145 Beginners' Latin
Students should complete CLAS151 or equivalent preparation approved by the Head of School or nominee first.
15 - S2 $580.50
CLAS151 Greek and Latin for Absolute Beginners 15 S1 - $580.50
COMS101 Media and Society (TBC) 15 S1 - $580.50
COMS102 Introduction to News and Journalism (TBC) 15 - S2 $580.50
COMS104 Introduction to Strategic Communication (TBC) 15 - S2 $580.50
ECON199 Introduction to Microeconomics
Students who have completed ECON104 should not enrol in this course.
Course starts 20 February and ends 26 November. 
15 X $580.50
EDUC101 Spark! The Art & Science of Learning 15 - S2 $580.50
EDUC102 Child and Adolescent Development 15 - S2 $580.50
EDUC103 Education, Culture and Society 15 S1 - $580.50
EURA101 Global EUrope 15 S1 - $580.50
GRMN151 Elementary German Language A 15 S1 - $580.50
GRMN152 Elementary German Language B
Students should have completed GRMN151 first or 20 credits German at NCEA Level 2 or by placement test.
15 - S2 $580.50
HLTH101 Introduction to Health Studies 15 S1 - $580.50
HSRV103 Violence in Society
This course covers some sensitive topics.
15 - S2 $580.50
HSRV104 Youth Realities
This course covers some sensitive topics. Students who have completed SOWK104 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
LING101 How Language Works 15 S1 - $580.50
LING102 Language and Society in New Zealand and Beyond
Students who have completed ENLA102 should not enrol in this course.
15 - S2 $580.50
MAOR107 Te Ara o Tawhaki: Maori Thought, Beliefs and Practices
Students should have NCEA Level 2 Literacy, either English or Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira.
Students younger than 16 years of age must have Head of School approval first. Students with Te Reo Rangatira NCEA credits need to meet with the Head of School to assess appropriate level of entry.
15 S1 - $580.50
MAOR108 Te Patu a Maui : The Treaty of Waitangi - facing and overcoming colonisation
Students should have NCEA Level 2 Literacy, either English or Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira.
15 - S2 $580.50
MATH199 AIMS - Advancing in Mathematical Sciences
Applications will be assessed by Head of School or nominee before students can enrol. Recommended preparation is about 20 credits of Mathematics with a good proportion of excellences at NCEA Level 3, or the equivalent for students not doing a full NCEA programme. Enrolments will be considered if students’ Level 2 calculus results are excellent and they take year 13 calculus concurrently with MATH199.
The tuition fees for MATH199 are covered by the Faculty of Engineering. Schools will not be invoiced for MATH199.
30 W ($1603)
MATH120 Discrete Mathematics 15 - S2 $580.50
PHIL110 Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus 15 - S2 $580.50
PHIL139 Ethics, Politics and Justice 15 S1 - $580.50
RUSS130 Elementary Russian Language A 15 S1 - $580.50
RUSS131 Elementary Russian Language B
Students should complete RUSS130 first.
15 - S2 $580.50
SOWK101 Introduction to Social Policy
Students who have completed HSRV101 should not enrol in this course.
15 - S2 $580.50
SOWK102 Social Services in Aotearoa
Students who have completed HSRV102 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
SOWK104 Youth Realities
This course covers some sensitive topics. Students who have completed HSRV104 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 - $580.50
SPSO101 Introduction to Sport Coaching 15 S1 - $580.50
SPCO102 Theoretical Foundations of Coaching and Teaching 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO103 Sport Psychology 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO104 Anatomy and Physiology 15 - S2 $580.50
SPCO105 Sport, History and Society 15 S1 - $580.50
STAT101 Statistics 1 15 S1 S2 $580.50
WRIT101 Writing for Academic Success
Students who have completed ENGL117 should not enrol in this course.
15 S1 S2 $580.50
YACL101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading the Self 15 S1 - $580.50
YACL102 Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa 15 - S2 $580.50