Otago Polytechnic

About Otago Secondary-Tertiary College

Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) is a training college which gives secondary school students a head start to achieving career-based qualifications while still at school. OSTC was previously known as the Trades Academy.

If you’re a Year 11-13 Otago secondary school student you may be able to combine study at Otago Polytechnic with studies towards your NCEA at school.

OSTC is a partnership between Otago Polytechnic and secondary schools in the Otago region. Through this college you will gain course credits from Otago Polytechnic.

Download the 2017 Otago Secondary Tertiary College Programme Guide.

We are perfect for students who:

  • Want an alternative to traditional secondary and tertiary education
  • Are looking for something hands-on, practical and relevant to an industry or profession
  • Want a qualification that gives you skills and strengths employers are looking for
  • Want to obtain NCEA credits for real-world career training.

Entry criteria 

  • You must be a Year 11-13 secondary school student attending a high school anywhere in Otago
  • You must be motivated
  • You need to be keen to pursue a career pathway related to the programme
  • Your school must support your application
  • Ideally you should have achieved NCEA Level 1 including English and Maths or be working towards it (however exceptions may be made in some circumstances).

For more information and our Health and Safety rules, please download the OSTC brochure.

What can I study?

Your programme will be one subject of your NCEA. You will attend Otago Polytechnic in Cromwell or Dunedin one day a week to study your vocational qualification, and attend school the rest of the week.

Your study options include:

  • Agriculture (Central)
  • Automotive (Motor Industry) (Dunedin & Central)
  • Bicycle Mechanics (Central)
  • Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Dunedin & Central)
  • Cookery (Dunedin & Central)
  • Health and Wellbeing (Dunedin)
  • Hospitality (Central)
  • Salon Skills (Dunedin). 

For specific information relating to each programme, please download the 2017 Otago Secondary Tertiary College Programme Guide. This also includes information about scholarship opportunities.

Funding information

In most instances, study at Otago Secondary-Tertiary College will be fully funded, with no cost to the student or secondary school. However, please note that Otago Secondary-Tertiary College is only funded for a limited number of places. Additional places may be offered, however your school will be charged a fee. Please clarify any costs with your school.

I would like to study at OSTC. What do I do now?

Students and families should contact your schools career advisor in the first instance.

Contact Otago Polytechnic 

Our OSTC contact at Otago Polytechnic is:

Raewyn Paviour
Otago Secondary-Tertiary College Operations Manager
Central Otago campus 
021 735 856
Raewyn.paviour@op.ac.nz