Star Learning Area

STAR offers students access to short tertiary courses, either to explore an area of interest, e.g. Barista, or find out more about a particular tertiary course, e.g. Hospitality.

What this course involves

STAR courses are short courses at polytechnics or private training providers specifically designed for secondary school students. Courses give students an introduction to training for a particular trade or skill. They range in length from a single day, several days in a row or one day a week for up to two terms. STAR courses are not a subject, rather they complement the students’ studies at Solway College. However, it is possible to gain unit standards and these credits can be used towards NCEA. Secondary-tertiary advice is available through the school. Students accepted onto STAR courses are typically in Years 11 to 13. Year 10 students may apply for taster courses and in some exceptional circumstances may be referred by their teacher for a unit standard course.