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Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

An educational institution with a history dating back to 1896, UCOL Limited has a proud and well-earned reputation for supporting our community’s learning.

This connection with community is crucial to what we do, and it ensures that our programmes help students develop in-demand skills. Many of our lecturers are practitioners as well as teachers, and our partnerships with industry mean that the majority of our students get hands-on work experience. 

As a modern Institute of Technology and Polytechnic, UCOL’s specialties include Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. Our environments have been designed to enhance student learning, supported by a relationship-based teaching approach. By studying with us, students learn valuable life skills and can make a difference.

By selecting UCOL, you become part of a prestigious learning institution with over a century's heritage of delivering quality tertiary education to the Manawatū-Whanganui region and Aotearoa. We have evolved over the years to meet the learning and skill demands of our ākonga and the wider community. We are now a subsidiary ofTe Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technologyand will be integrated entirely into Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2023. Te Pūkenga is New Zealand's largest tertiary education provider, with a network of sixteen polytechnics and eleven Industry Training Organisations.  This change provides you access to knowledge, resources, and expertise of a vast network of education institutions, offering you a learning opportunity like never before. 


Programs

Bachelor's degree
Design Delivery method Length Location
Bachelor of Design and Arts On campus 3 years Palmerston North
General Studies
Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Applied Science in Sport and Recreation On campus 3 years Palmerston North
Bachelor of Applied Science in Strength and Conditioning On campus 3 years Palmerston North
Health Sciences
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physical Health and Wellness On campus 3 years Palmerston North
Nursing Studies
Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7) On campus 3 years Palmerston North
Humanities
Writing
Bachelor of Creative Media On campus 3 years Palmerston North
Technology
Information Technology
Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology On campus 3 years Palmerston North
Master's degree
Design
Master of Design On campus 18 months Palmerston North
Diploma / certificate
Architecture
Construction
National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (Level 2) On campus 13 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) Level 3 On campus Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Construction On campus 2 years Palmerston North
Business
New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) Level 4 On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Business On campus Palmerston North
Business Administration
New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 3 On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 4 On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
Design
New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design On campus Palmerston North
Education
Teaching
New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education On campus Palmerston North
Engineering
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering On campus 2 years Palmerston North
Fashion & Beauty
Cosmetology
New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4) On campus Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy On campus Palmerston North
Fine Arts
New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6) On campus Palmerston North
Photography
New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5) On campus Palmerston North
Food & Beverage Studies
Culinary Arts
New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Level 3) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) On campus Palmerston North
Wine Studies
New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
General Studies
Applied Sciences
New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
Interdisciplinary Studies
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Health Pathway) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
Health Sciences
Allied Health
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) Level 4 On campus 22 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) On campus Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Support Work) (Level 3) On campus 22 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
Nursing Studies
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway) On campus 19 weeks Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing On campus 18 months Palmerston North
Veterinary Science
New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing Assistant) - Level 5 On campus Palmerston North
New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing On campus Palmerston North
Humanities
Language Studies
New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) Level 5 On campus 30 weeks Palmerston North

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