Online University (S1)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Gilbert

The University of Waikato, Unistart programme, gives students the opportunity to take University papers while at secondary school.

These papers are delivered entirely online and are 100% internally assessed (there is no exam).

Fees-free: The Unistart Programme does not affect fees free eligibility for full-time study the following year.

You can choose ONE of the following papers:


Paper code

Paper title

Computer Science                                         

COMPX101-20A (NET)

Introduction to Computer Science

Digital learning

DLRNG100-20A (NET)

Developing Digital Fluency

Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Security and Crime Science

Health, Sport and Human Performance

CMYHE101-20A (NET)

Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing

International Languages and Cultures

INTLC222- 20A (NET)

European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity

International Languages and Cultures           

SPNSH231-20A (NET)

Intermediate Spanish 1

Language and Literacy Education                    

WRITE100-20A (NET)

Writing for Academic Success (availability is subject to approval)

Māori and Indigenous Studies

MAORI102-20A (NET)

He Hīnātore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World

Māori Education

MAOED100-20A (NET)

Huarahi Mātauranga Māori: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Māori Education

Māori Language/Te Reo Māori

MAORI211-20A (SEC)       

Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 2

MUSIC140-21A (NET)
Audio Tech: Communication and Creativity
Screen and Media
MEDIA100-21A (NET)
Understanding Visual Media

NB: You must select an even number of Semester Courses.

Course Overview

Term 1
Supervised, self-managed study.

Term 2
Supervised, self-managed study.


Open to year 12 and 13 secondary school students who:

  • are over 16 years old at the start of the paper,
  • have New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency,
  • have NCEA Level 2 or above endorsed with merit or excellence, and
  • have approval from Academic Tutor or Deputy Principal (Senior School)

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$75 admin fee paid in full before the course starts.
NB: This course is subsidised by Tauranga Boys College. If the student withdraws at any stage, you a liable for the full cost of the paper ($848).

A laptop that can be used to research, play lectures, and write reports. (A tablet or an iPad is not suitable.)
A set of headphones.