OSTC Police Pathway (Level 3) - Dunedin

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, learn through 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. 

Study locations: Dunedin or Cromwell campuses

Duration: 1 day a week, for the school year

You will learn about:

  • 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. 

What is the Otago Secondary Tertiary College?

The Otago Secondary Tertiary College (OSTC) is our trades academy, offered exclusively to Year 11-13 school students. OSTC courses are completed in conjunction with attending school, offering an alternative way to traditional high school for teens who have the potential to thrive with a different pathway into work of future study. 

In conjunction to NCEA, attend your OSTC course at either our Cromwell or Dunedin campus. Develop hands-on skills and experience to help prepare you for further study, on-the-job training and employment. Learn in a way that is more tailored to you.


Number Name Level Credits
4251 Plan a career path  3 3
1296 Interview in informal situations 3 3
1297 Conduct an interview in a formal situation 4 5
9681 Contribute within a team or group which has an objective 3 3
11097 Listen actively to gain information in an active setting 3 3
26971 Describe factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health problems 3 3

One or two will then be chosen from the following:

Number Name Level Credits
91501 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting 3 4
1304 Communicate across cultures 3 2
1304 Speak to a known audience in a predictable situation 3 3
27843 Evaluate concept of law in a specific situation 3 4
26971 Describe factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health problems 3 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.

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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.