OSTC Building and Construction (Level 3)

Are you at high school and like building things? Our Construction Skills course could be for you!

You'll be part of a team constructing a building from start to finish – learning many skills along the way.

You will be building a house or building for Big River Homes, based in Balclutha, who are generously sponsoring this course.

You will be involved in all aspects of the build, and will be learning construction skills and knowledge including the correct use of hand and power tools, materials used in building, and building site safety practices. 

This course is two days a week and is at Level 3. 

What could I do next?

Where could this take me?

  • Builder/Carpenter – constructing and maintaining buildings
  • Stonemason – turning rough stone blocks into structures like walls and buildings
  • Construction Manager – ensuring buildings are constructed according to agreed contracts
  • Quantity Surveyor – ensuring buildings are designed and completed within budget
  • Architectural draughtsperson – producing drawings used on-site by building contractors. 

What is OSTC?

The Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) is our trades academy. We 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.

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.

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A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.