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Fast path into Engineering and Product Design

03 November 2023

UC and Hagley College have a three-stage pathway into Engineering or Product Design degrees for students aged 20+. Learn about our fast path transition programme at UC.

3 Steps to start your degree in February 2025


UC and Hagley College bring you this three-stage pathway offering 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.


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: Te Puna Wai o Waipapa Hagley College After 3 programme

1 May to 25 October 2024

  • Pre-UC Mathematics course (Mondays, 6-8pm, from 6 May)
  • Pre-UC Physics and Maths integrated course (Wednesdays, 5-9pm, from 1 May + Fridays, 4-6pm 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

4 November 2024 to 9 February 2025

A choice of pre-degree courses in Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry over the 2024/2025 Summer School and Headstart Programmes.

  • TRNS007 Preparatory Mathematics (4 November - 15 December 2024)
  • TRNS008 Fundamentals of Physics (6 January - 9 February 2025)
  • TRNS017 Mathematics with Calculus or TRNS006 Elementary Chemistry (6 January - 9 February 2025) 


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

From 2025

Begin your journey into Engineering or Product Design degrees. Student Advisors in the Faculty 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.



Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Date1 May – 25 Oct 20244 Nov 2024 – 9 Feb 202517 Feb 2025
DeliveryHagley College

UC Transition Programmes: Headstart

UC Faculty of Engineering  

Engineering Pathway Maths and Physics  Integrated

TRNS017 Maths with Calculus

TRNS008 Fundamentals of Physics


1st  year
Product Design Pathway Maths and Physics Integrated

TRNS008 Fundamentals of Physics (Recommended)

None required

TRNS006 Elementary Chemistry

(Industrial Product Design)

(Applied Immersive Game Design)

       (Chemical Formulation Design)     

LevelNCEA Level 2Pre-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

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