Young Scholars overview

  • Are you a top-performing student?
  • Do you want to be challenged and extended by study?

If you answered yes, then our Young Scholars Programme is just what you need.

We have exciting and stimulating Stage I courses for Year 13 students that will give you:

  • a taste of University life while you are completing school
  • a head start on your degree with points counting towards your degree
  • exposure to a different kind of learning through lectures and tutorials
  • friendship with other like-minded secondary school students

What some of our young scholars say

"The Young Scholars programme has changed who I am as a student. Since participating in the Philosophy 105G course about critical thinking, I feel more confident to make the leap to university, I've gained insight into how the next step of my studies will be a year earlier and it's changed the way I structure my thoughts." - Daniel Crawford

"There were so many benefits that made the programme rewarding and helpful for me. When I was applying, I didn't think taking POL109 would be a course that would be particularly relevant to my high school studies. But it turned out that I could take the knowledge I learned at university and apply it to NCEA, including general skills like university-level essay writing and being comfortable with a large workload that made me holistically a better student and really improved my NCEA Level Three results." - Abby Irwin

Meet some Young Scholars

Who should apply?

Academically able students can apply under Discretionary Entrance regulations. Students studying NCEA will need:

  • to be in Year 13 while they are studying the course
  • evidence that they are New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status
  • a positive recommendation from the school principal or Year 13 Dean
  • University Entrance numeracy and literacy:
    • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above*, made up of:
      • 5 credits in reading
      • 5 credits in writing
    • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above*, made up of:
      • Achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
      • Unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 [all three required])
  • a minimum of four Level 2 subjects from the NZQA list approved for University Entrance
  • 80 high quality Level 2 credits in up to five approved subjects (we would expect students to have a good proportion of credits at excellence and merit)

If you are planning to apply for BHSc/BSc Biomedical Sciences and then the medical programme, you must not take any of the first year courses of either programme in advance as a Young Scholar.

All students, including those studying Cambridge International or International Baccalaureate qualifications, should first contact the relevant course coordinator.

What you need to know

You can enrol in one course per semester with a maximum of two courses (30 points) a year. We recommend you study in Semester One so that it doesn’t interfere with preparation for your final Year 13 school assessments.

Teaching methods vary across the University, but you will probably find yourself in a combination of lectures and tutorials.

Lectures are the core teaching method in most courses. Tutorials are classes where a tutor facilitates the learning of a smaller group of students. This is your chance to talk about the topics covered in lectures, ask questions and seek help in an informal setting.

Assessment will be a combination of coursework and a final exam. We try to provide additional mentoring and support for school students in the programme.

How much does it cost?

Find out more about fees here

For further information, please refer to the Fees Free Study website FAQs.

Closing date for 2022 Young scholars

Semester One 2022 application closing dates

How to apply


You will receive information about how to apply and the academic results required. From this, your ability to join the programme will be assessed.

If you meet the criteria, then you can apply online. We may contact you for more information.

For more information:

Phone: 0800 61 62 63