Online University (S2)

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:

Arts and Social Sciences
ARTSC105-21B (NET)
Language in Context

ARTSC106-21B (NET)
Critical Social Science Research: The Crisis of Climate Change

Education and Society 

EDSOC101-20B (NET)

The New Zealand Educational Context

Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Forensic and Criminological Psychology


GEOGY101-20B (NET)

People and Place

Health, Sport and Human Performance
SDCOA101-21B (NET)
Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues

HMDEV100-21B (NET)
Lifespan Development
International Languages and Cultures
SPNSH232-21B (NET)
Intermediate Spanish 2

Language and Literacy Education

WRITE100-20B (NET)

Writing for Academic Success (availability is subject to approval)

Māori and Indigenous Studies

MAORI102-20B (NET)

He Hīnātore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World


MUSIC115-20B (NET)

Composition 1

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 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.