Otago Tertiary

Otago Polytechnic offers practical, career-focused learning for students in Years 11-13 who want to get a head start on life after school.


Get a head start on your career with OSTC

Do you like the idea of learning by doing? Are you keen to gain real-world skills that will help you find employment?

The Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) is Otago Polytechnic's trades academy. They offer practical, career-focused learning for students in Years 11-13 who want to get a head start on life after school. You’ll develop hands-on skills and experience to help you prepare for further study, on-the-job training and employment.


How does it work?

Your programme will be one subject of your NCEA. You’ll spend one or two days a week at OSTC and the rest of the week at school as normal.

OSTC has a campus in Dunedin and one in Cromwell.


What are the benefits?

  • You’ll gain credits towards NCEA and course credits from Otago Polytechnic.
  • You’ll develop real-world experience and knowledge that will help you on your career path after you finish school.
  • You’ll enjoy practical, hands-on learning in a focused, fun and interactive environment.
  • You can test out a career without spending valuable time and money once you’ve left school.
  • You can stay at school and continue school activities such as music or sports.

More Information

op.ac.nz/study/still-in-school/otago-secondary-tertiary-college

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