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Because we supply high-quality materials designed for independent study, students can work on their Open Polytechnic courses with minimal classroom supervision, and because learning is self-paced, students can progress at a level that suits their ability and other commitments.
Note: Our experience has shown that students with support from parents, school staff and other students are more likely to succeed in their study, so we encourage schools to provide guidance and/or supervision where possible.
Our wide variety of courses means an individual’s specific learning choices can be catered for with no requirement for minimum student numbers.
Students can enrol in as many or as few courses as are appropriate. Further enrolments into additional units is possible at any time (although a few exceptions apply).
Students can enrol in most courses at any time of the year within the school contract period.
Learning is easily co-ordinated by the school and Open Polytechnic, and for most courses, there is no need for the students to be transported anywhere.
Many Open Polytechnic school courses staircase into further tertiary study options with Open Polytechnic or other tertiary providers. This means students can continue with their studies whether they remain at school or enter the workforce and want to continue as a student after leaving school. Most courses can also be credited towards either the National Certificate of Educational Achievement or national qualifications that are registered on the National Qualifications Framework.
Note: Students and parents interested in our programmes for schools should contact their school for more information. Because these programmes are offered to schools utilising funding from the Ministry of Education, we can only offer the courses through the school.
Open Polytechnic can provide quality vocational and higher education programmes to senior secondary school students through a selection of our courses that can be funded through the STAR and Gateway programmes.
We also provide professional development for teachers and administrative personnel.
We offer a number of courses that can be taken either separately to meet the specific, immediate needs of teachers or as part of a programme leading to a qualification such as a certificate or diploma. See the subjects and courses section for more information.
Most qualifications are open for admission throughout the year, and each course starts on the first Monday of the month chosen for enrolment. We will need an application for enrolment form for each student. We also need to have a signed agreement with the school that covers the responsibilities of each party.
Open Polytechnic offers a variety of courses at Levels 1–4 on the National Qualifications Framework for students still attending school. These courses are for students wanting to prepare for pre-vocational, vocational and tertiary studies. Successful students will leave school with credits towards industry or tertiary qualifications.
The programme can also give students the opportunity to try out an area of interest or develop general skills that will stand them in good stead when they leave school.
We also offer school students access to courses at Levels 4 and 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. These are generally not unit standard-based and therefore cannot be credited towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, but they do give advanced students the chance to get started on higher-level educational qualifications whilst still at school.
In most cases, entry criteria apply. Diploma and degree courses will have to be studied during a set 17-week long trimester.
We recommend students take our introductory Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills before they enrol in a diploma or degree-level course.
For more information, view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. Alternatively, you can download the brochure from the bottom of this page. If you have any questions please contact us.
Please note: The Ministry of Justice form has been replaced by the Authorisation to Disclose Information form. Please find Authorisation to Disclose Information form below.
To study with Open Polytechnic, a student under 16 must have a letter of exemption from the Ministry of Education (which is issued to the parents). A verified copy of this letter must be sent to us with a completed enrolment form.