STAR programme

The STAR Programme provides the opportunity for Year 11, 12, and 13 students to take 100-level courses while still at school.

Taking a STAR course while still in school can help you get a head start on your University journey. You can explore your academic interests, earn points towards your future degree at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, and better prepare yourself for university study.

How it works

You should first talk with your school if you’re interested in taking a STAR course. Your fees will usually be partially funded by your school, though not all schools receive STAR funding.

Workload and attendance

A STAR course of study usually comprises one or two 100-level university courses in the academic year worth 15 or 20 points each. You can expect the workload for each course to be around 10-12 hours per week.

You can take any 100-level course as part of the STAR programme. Many courses have in-person attendance requirements, but if you live outside the Wellington region or can’t attend lectures and tutorials because of school commitments, you may be able to complete the course online.


You will need to be 16 years or older to enrol in a STAR course. You will need to have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA University Entrance and have a high level of achievement at NCEA Level 2.

To discuss your STAR study plans and get help choosing a suitable course, we recommend that you book a course advice appointment with one of our Future Students Advisers.

How to apply

  1. Create your Puaha account
  2. Start your admission application
    • When selecting your programme, choose the pre-degree option and select STAR from the dropdown menu.
    • Make sure you have a completed STAR contract. You, your parents, and a teacher from your school will need to sign this.
  3. Once you receive and accept your Offer of Place, you’ll be able to enrol in your course(s)