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Unistart Programme

The Unistart programme gives secondary school students the opportunity to take university papers while still at secondary school. There are over 30 papers to choose from that can be taken in Trimester A or B. Unistart papers can be completed at either campus or online.

Check out our 2020 Unistart brochure for more information.

Fees-free: The Unistart Programme does not affect fees free eligibility for full-time study, however it is advised to check
feesfreegovt.nz for updates.

Entry requirements

Unistart is open to all year 12 and 13 secondary school students who:

  • have met the criteria for discretionary entrance to university,
  • are between 16 and 20 years old at the start of the Unistart paper, and
  • have approval from their school.

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, email us to discuss your options.

Unistart Scholarship

The University of Waikato Unistart Scholarship is a full-fees scholarship that covers the costs of the Unistart papers you enrol in. You’ll automatically be considered for this scholarship when you’re accepted into Unistart – no extra application required.


How to apply

  1. Ensure you have gained your school's approval
  2. Read the appropriate Unistart Application Guide:
    1. Read this guide if you have taken a Unistart paper before
    2. Read this guide if you are new to the Unistart Programme

Apply

Here is the selection of Online Unistart Papers offered in 2020.

Click on the paper code links for full paper descriptions and paper costs (if you're not eligible for the Unistart Scholarship).

A Trimester (2 Mar - 28 Jun)

SubjectPaper codePaper title
Computer ScienceCOMPX101-20A (NET)Introduction to Computer Science
Digital learning DLRNG100-20A (NET)Developing Digital Fluency
EconomicsECONS101-20A (SEC)Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
Health, Sport and Human PerformanceCMYHE101-20A (NET)Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing
International Languages and CulturesINTLC222- 20A (NET)European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity
International Languages and CulturesSPNSH231-20A (NET)Intermediate Spanish 1
Language and Literacy EducationWRITE100-20A (NET)Writing for Academic Success (availability is subject to approval)
LawLEGAL105-20A (NET)Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society
Māori and Indigenous StudiesMAORI102-20A (NET)He Hīnātore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World
Māori EducationMAOED100-20A (NET)Huarahi Mātauranga Māori: Historical and
Contemporary Approaches to Māori Education
Māori Language/Te Reo MāoriMAORI211-20A (SEC)Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 1
PhilosophyPHILO106-20A (NET)Social and Moral Philosophy
PhilosophyPHILO103-20A (NET)Critical Thinking
Political ScienceIRSST103-20A (NET)Introduction to International Relations

B Trimester (13 Jul - 8 Nov)

SubjectPaper codePaper title
Education and SocietyEDSOC101-20B (NET)The New Zealand Educational Context
GeographyGEOGY101-20B (NET)People and Place
Human DevelopmentHMDEV100-20B (NET)Lifespan Development
International Languages and CulturesSPNSH232-20B (NET)Intermediate Spanish 2
Language and Literacy EducationWRITE100-20B (NET)Writing for Academic Success (availability is subject to approval)
Māori and Indigenous StudiesMAORI102-20B (NET)He Hīnātore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World
Māori Language/Te Reo MāoriMAORI212-20B (SEC)Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 2
MusicMUSIC115-20B (NET)Composition 1
PhilosophyPHILO103-20B (NET)Critical Thinking
Political ScienceIRSST104-20B (NET)Introduction to International Security
Screen and MediaMEDIA100-20B (NET)Understanding Visual Culture
Sport Development and CoachingSDCOA101-20B (NET)Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues

G Trimester (19 Nov - 18 Dec)

Subject Paper code Paper title
International Languages & CulturesINTLC101-20G (HAM)International Languages & Cultures
Philosophy PHILO103-20G (NET)        Critical Thinking

C Trimester (16 Nov - 19 Feb)

Subject Paper code Paper title
LawLEGAL105-20C (NET)Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society

Here is the selection of Hamilton Campus Unistart Papers offered in 2020.

Click on the paper code links for full paper descriptions and paper costs (if you're not eligible for the Unistart Scholarship).

D Trimester (2 Mar - 8 Nov)

Subject Paper code Paper title
Music MUSIC121-20D (HAM) Chamber Music 1
Music MUSIC101-20D (HAM) Secondary Performance Studies 1

A Trimester (2 Mar - 28 Jun)

SubjectPaper codePaper title
ChemistryCHEMY101-20A (HAM)Structure and Spectroscopy
Earth ScienceEARTH101-20A (HAM)Introduction to Earth System Sciences
Ecology and BiodiversityBIOEB101-20A (HAM)Concepts of Biology
EnglishENGLI100-20A (HAM)Telling the Story
International Languages and CulturesINTLC222- 20A (HAM)European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity
MathematicsMATHS101-20A (HAM)Introduction to Calculus

B Trimester (13 Jul - 8 Nov)

SubjectPaper codePaper title
BiochemistryBIOMO101-20B (HAM)Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

Here is the selection of Tauranga Campus Unistart Papers offered in 2020.

Click on the paper code links for full paper descriptions and paper costs (if you're not eligible for the Unistart Scholarship).

A Trimester (2 Mar - 28 Jun)

SubjectPaper codePaper title
Earth ScienceEARTH101-20A (TGA)Introduction to Earth System Sciences
Environmental ScienceENVSC101-20A (TGA)Environmental Science

B Trimester (13 Jul - 8 Nov)

SubjectPaper codePaper title
Earth ScienceEARTH102-20B (TGA)Discovering Planet Earth
Ecology and BiodiversityBIOEB102-20B (TGA)Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

As well as meeting the above entry requirements for Unistart, you also need:

  • NCEA Level 2 or above endorsed with merit or excellence, and
  • New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.


Contact us

Unistart Programme Coordinator:
Phone: 07 837 9309
Email: unistart@waikato.ac.nz

Dylan Woodhouse

Completing the 'Introduction to International Relations' paper through Unistart gave me a competitive advantage in the NCEA, Scholarship and Cambridge examinations in my final year of high school.