Category: Tertiary information

Halls & Scholarship Applications – Example Questions

Applying for Halls of Residence and/or Scholarships for 2022?

When you apply for Halls of Residence and/or Scholarships you need to put some time and effort into your applications to ensure that you are submitting a quality application that stands out.

Click here for Halls & Scholarship Application Questions for a list of example questions that you are likely to be asked when applying for Halls of Residence and/or Scholarships.  Take some time to have a look through these questions and give some thought to how you would best answer them prior to commencing your applications online.



ARA Fortnightly Newsletter

Kia ora, and welcome to your Ara fortnightly update!
This term is a busy one for Experience Ara events! As your students start thinking seriously about what they want to do once they finish school, these events are a great opportunity to help them make an informed decision.

Coming up soon…
Wednesday 23 June: NASDA for a Day
Wednesday 23 June: Sport Science, Nutrition and Health PromotionOsteopathy; and Certificate in Exercise Information Session
Thursday 24 June: Photoshop for Photography (Oamaru)
Friday 25 June: Basic MIG Welding (Timaru)
Thursday 1 July: Builder for a Day
Monday 5 July: Introduction to Hospitality (Timaru)
Wednesday 7 July: Barista Taster (Timaru) (This is a combined Senior & Junior Taster)
Thursday 8 July: Photoshop for Photography (Timaru)

July Holiday workshops & STAR courses
Monday 12 July: NZBS On Air Workshop
Monday 12 July: Barbering Essentials
Monday 12 July: Introduction to Patternmaking
Tuesday 13 July: SportSmart
Thursday 15 July: Fish ‘n’ Chips ‘n’ Science
Thursday 15 July: Architectural Studies Portfolio Workshop
Friday 16 July: Manawa Campus Tour
Monday 19 July: Manawa Campus Tour

Discover Massage at Ara
Ara has recently started offering two new massage therapy programmes! We teach two types of massage therapy at Ara: relaxation & remedial.Students can study a NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5) and a NZ Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6).
Check out the video below to find out more.
Are any of your students thinking of Semester 2 study? 

Last week it was awesome to have hundreds of people attend our June Open Day. If any of your students missed out and are keen to come visit our campus, learn more about our study options, or get assistance with their application they can contact their Youth & Community Development Representative, or request a tour.

From Student to Datacom: How working with startup helped an Ara student accelerate his career 
Arriving in New Zealand as an international student in Feb 2020, recent Ara ICT graduate Gaurav Thantry’s career is flying high after recently receiving an offer from Australasia tech giant Datacom.

Nigel Young, Head of Department for Business and Digital Technologies at Ara, commented “Gaurav’s story is a really good example of what we try to achieve with all our students; giving them the skills they need for a tech career alongside the exposure to industry to show what they’re capable of doing. That work experience can occur in big companies like Datacom or start-ups at Te Ōhaka, which represent a really great opportunity for our students. Getting a job at Datacom is an awesome outcome for a graduate new to the sector and a great example of how career-transitioning graduate diplomas can be used to get into the tech sector. Ka pai Gaurav!”

Ara Cookery & Bakery Competition 2021 
Monday 21 June
8am – 5pm
U Block, City CampusA collaboration between Ara Institute of Canterbury, schools, and the food and hospitality industry, this prestigious event promotes excellence within the industry.

Come along and watch the action! Click here for more information.

NASDA Presents ‘The Wedding Singer’ 
Too young to remember the 80s but love the crazy hair, fashion and music? Then don’t miss NASDA’s The Wedding Singer from 2-10 July. Based on the smash hit Hollywood movie, The Wedding Singer is a joyful, romantic and hilarious musical comedy with a sparkling soundtrack. For a maximum ‘80s feel-good experience, get your tickets today.Keep your eyes on this page for updates on the upcoming NASDA season!
Pacific Bloom is coming back during the July School Holidays! 
This year Ara introduced a new initiative, Pacific Bloom, an opportunity for Pacific students to get support from Ara for their NCEA studies. Students can access our amazing Ara academic staff, Pacific students, & mentors.After a successful event in April with over 100 students attending over the 3 days, we are excited to host our next Pacific Bloom from 12-14 July! Further details and information on how to register will be coming soon.
Check out what happened at our first Pacific Bloom, held during the April school holidays!
Thanks for reading – catch you in a fortnight!

The Ara Engagement Team.

Considering studying Medicine?

Best preparation for entry to Medicine
There are two options for studying Medicine in NZ – Auckland University or Otago University  Students wanting to apply for Medicine will benefit from having studied Maths, Biology, Chemistry & Physics to NCEA Level 3 and an English-rich subject. At the University of Auckland you will also need to meet the rank score requirement for guaranteed entry (250 for Health Science and 280 for Bio-med). It is important that you check the universities websites for specific entry criteria. See Mr Webster for clarification.To be eligible to apply for Medicine in NZ as an undergraduate, students need to complete the first year of one of three programmes:

  1. Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland
  2. Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Auckland
  3. Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) at the University of Otago


It is good to have a look at the papers you will be studying in this first year to understand what you need to be prepared for. Each university has its own recommendations of school subjects to have studied for the pre-med entry year.


  1. BSc Biomedical Science (Auckland) – Chemistry strongly recommended, Biology recommended, Physics useful, Maths useful (statistics or calculus) & an English-rich subject useful.
  2. BHSc (Auckland) – Biology, Chemistry are strongly recommended & at least one English-rich subject.  (See Table A & B requirements as well).  Physics is NOT one of the core papers.
  3. HSFY (Otago) – Chemistry, Biology, Maths & Physics are strongly recommended at Year 13.


Pre-Med first year papers studied at the University of Auckland:

  • Note 4 papers are common in the first year of the BHSc & BSc (Biomed). Students are ranked and shortlisted for interviews based on their grades.
  •  The results of the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) are also a factor in the selection process.
  • Students will also be required to complete 8 Mini Interviews.

For both degrees you will take:

Additionally, for Bachelor of Health Science only:


Additionally, for Bachelor of Science in Biomed only:



Pre-Med first year papers studied at the University of Otago:

As with Auckland, entry into Medicine and the MBChB programme is highly competitive based on a student’s GPA in this first year & their UCAT result but there is no interview for medicine applicants.

Papers Name
BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1
HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2
PHSI 191 Biological Physics
POPH 192 Population Health


Students who have not done Physics at school previously can catch up the following ways:


UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test)

All students will be required to do a UCAT test as part of the entry criteria into Medicine.  You can find out more information on the UCAT here.  The test is held in July each year and bookings open early March and close early-mid May.



Please note – if you are intending to apply for Medicine in Australia some Universities require you to sit the UCAT test as part of the entry process for the first year.  Please make sure you check the criteria for the University you are wanting to apply to.


As Medicine is a highly competitive program it is important that you think through the alternatives if you are not successful in gaining entry into the second year.

You can find more information on where you can go from Otago HSFY here


Other Useful Links

Who gets into Medical School and Why – Stuff article 16/5/20

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School 2022 Student Applications Are Open

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School 2022 Student Applications Are Open

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā waka, e ngā hau e whā.
Nau mai, haere mai, ki tō mātou nei kura.

Applications for 2022 students to attend Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Aotearoa’s prestigious performing arts tertiary training organisation, are now open.

If your students have a passion for the creative arts please guide them to apply for Toi Whakaari. Our courses cover a wide range of subject areas and solid career pathways. Please feel free to pass on this information to your teaching colleagues in Technology, Art, Art History, Textiles, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Design & Visual Communications, Digital Technologies, and Media Studies for their students too.

Based in Pōneke / Wellington for over half a century Toi Whakaari has trained the best performers, designers and craftspeople from New Zealand and from around the world.

Whether your students want to explore a three year degree in Design, Arts Management or Acting, or a two year diploma in Costume or Set & Props Construction — Toi Whakaari has outstanding tutors and guest tutors, who are experienced practitioners themselves and can successfully harness the amazing raw talent of their students.

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Where can a degree in humanities, social & political sciences, languages or creative arts take you?

If you want to find out, come along to the UC Arts careers evening where we will have recent graduates join us to talk about their career pathway and how their studies at UC led them towards their current career.

Employers will also be there to talk about the skills they find valuable when looking for employees and some of the roles Arts graduates fill in their workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts degree offers a diverse selection of courses and opens up a wide range of careers for students, however, it can be difficult to understand the career options available to you after completing your degree.

This free event in Christchurch on 27 May is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make your study choices.

Speakers include:

  • Anne-Marie Robinson, Communication, TerraCat (Bachelor of Arts in History and Graduate Diploma in Journalism)
  • Sidney Wong, Data Analyst, Tatauranga Aotearoa Stats (Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Master of Linguistics)
  • James Newbould, Principal Intelligence Analyst, Southern Region, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography)
  • Josiah Tualamali’I, Company Director and Wellbeing Consultant with own company Tualamali’I Consulting (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and History)
  • The NZ Police will also join us to present pathways for Arts Students

For more information, visit Eventbrite

Important to keep career and study pathways open

Not all students in Aotearoa NZ are free to dream about their future it seems, with many limiting themselves to harmful and outdated gender and ethnicity-based stereotypes.

Researchers from the University of Canterbury interviewed hundreds of thirteen year olds about their attitudes toward PE and Maths and found that while most male students enjoy PE, boys who are Māori, Pasifika or Pākeha from poorer backgrounds are much more likely to assume they will go into physically-demanding careers, even when they excelled in maths.

Meanwhile, Pākeha boys from richer backgrounds are substantially more likely to aspire to careers in law or medicine.

Female students didn’t fare such better. Female students who were Māori, Pasifika or Pākeha from low SES families had gender-dependent aspirations, citing preferences for service jobs such as beautician or air hostess.

These career assumptions influenced – and limited – their attitudes to school subjects, with wide-ranging implications.

Dr David Pomery from the University of Canterbury led the study and says it is important for students, teachers and whānau to help keep career and study pathways open with NCEA subject selections.

In many ways, the culture in Aotearoa New Zealand provides role models for what Dr Pomeroy sees as “one process supporting intergenerational reproduction of income inequalities, which poses some difficult questions about our national hero-worship of mainly male sports stars”.

“Many of our most nationally celebrated Māori and Pasifika men are known for sport. Should we be proud of and celebrate their achievements? Of course. But we need to be careful not to slide into the assumption that Māori and Pasifika boys won’t be interested in or have ‘ability’ in academic learning.

Listen to Dr Pomeroy’s Radio NZ interview>

Read more on the research>

National speed climbing champions balance sport & study

Two University of Canterbury (UC) students have taken out the top spots in the National New Zealand Speed Climbing Championships in Tauranga.

Alongside their degrees, UC students Sarah Tetzlaff and Tom Waldin are ascending the ranks of speed climbing, winning the 2021 Aotearoa championships.

Waldin, currently in his fourth year of Civil Engineering, and Tetzlaff, working towards a Bachelor of Environment Science, both juggle their studies and training for this competitive sport from their homes in Ōtautahi.

“Through balancing sport and studies, I have developed the time management skills and techniques required to succeed in both,” Waldin says.

For Tetzlaff, access to digital learning materials through AKO|LEARN have made her success possible.

“I’ll train in the morning or afternoon around my uni schedule and watch lectures online when it suits me better. I’m also not opposed to being a bit of a weekend warrior with my study if I get behind during the week.”

These two national champions are hopeful to attend the Open World Cup later in the year, depending on travel restrictions.

With the competition season over until September, Tetzlaff and Waldin are looking forward to getting stuck into their studies and heading outdoors for rock climbing.

“I’m hoping to really push my climbing level at the Castle Hill Basin, Milford Sound, Mount Owen and many other amazing places,” Tetzlaff says.

Photo credit: Conor Boyd Photography