OSTC Police Pathway (Level 3)

If you're a high school student and thinking about a career in the Police, this course is a great option. Designed by the New Zealand Police for secondary school students, this course will be taught via classroom sessions, guest presentations and practical experiences.

This course will give you a ground-level understanding of the knowledge, skills, attributes and attitudes associated with the Police and policing in Aotearoa New Zealand. In addition to this, it will provide an opportunity for you to explore the physical and leadership requirements required to become a police officer. 


You will learn

  • Policing principles and the roles and responsibilities of a Constable of New Zealand Police
  • Investigative interview skills, initial scene investigation, legislation about policing tasks and court procedures
  • The physical requirements of being a police officer and explore the leadership required to be one 
  • Career opportunities within the New Zealand Police 
  • The six core values of the New Zealand Police (PRIMED - see them here). 

You will learn through classroom sessions, guest presentations, practical experiences, online-based activities and visits to local police operational groups. 


Course name Credits
Plan a career path  3
Interview in informal situations 3
Conduct an interview in a formal situation 5
Contribute within a team or group which has an objective 3
Listen actively to gain information in an active setting 3
Describe factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health problems 3

One or two will then be chosen from the following:

Course name Credits
Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting 4
Communicate across cultures 2
Speak to a known audience in a predictable situation 3
Evaluate concept of law in a specific situation 4
Describe factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health problems 3


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.

Find out more

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.