Study while at secondary school with Accelerate+ , Ako ana i te kura tuarua me Accelerate+

Our Accelerate+ programme provides students studying in year 12 or year 13 the opportunity to extend their study by completing university-level courses while at school.


If you are enrolled full-time at a New Zealand secondary school you are eligible to join the programme if:

  • your school is a member of the programme
  • you will be in year 12 or 13 in the year you are studying at Massey
  • you have already achieved the numeracy and literacy requirements for University Entrance
  • you have the support of your secondary school.

Available courses

Provided you have met the prerequisite, corequisite or restrictions of the course, you will be able to study any 100-level course offered by Massey by distance. You will be able to study one course per semester, and no more than two courses per year.

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Impact on future university study

The Accelerate+ programme does not provide a formal qualification. You will not be able to graduate with it or receive a graduation certificate. However, on successful admission to a university you may be able to credit the course towards your selected degree.

Students intending to enrol in specialist qualifications (for example Bachelor of Veterinary Science or Bachelor of Aviation), including those offered at other universities, should check the requirements for those qualifications prior to enrolment. As some courses will not be eligible for credit or may affect your eligibility for acceptance.

How to apply

1, Talk to your school

To enrol your school will need to have joined the programme.

We also encourage you to speak with your teacher or Careers/Academic Advisor before enrolling to ensure that you are comfortable with the added workload studying a university course will bring.

2, Select a course

You can select 1 course per semester (up to 30 credits per year) from any of the 100-level courses offered by the university that are available via distance.

If you wish to study courses at the 200 level you must have achieved University Entrance or a minimum of 72 Level 2 credits in NCEA, including 4 approved subjects.

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When selecting courses pay particular attention to any prerequisites, corequisites or restrictions associated with the course to ensure that you are eligible to enrol.

3, Download and complete the application form

Download and complete the School + Massey application form.

Once you have completed your personal information and required course information pass your application to your teacher or Careers Advisor. They will complete the necessary school requirements and submit it to the Programme Coordinator for approval.

Information for schools

Joining the programme allows schools to provide gifted students with the opportunity to extend their learning while continuing at school. Schools can utilise their STAR funding to cover the cost of the course, choose to utilise other funding or pass on the costs to their students. Schools joining the programme will receive a discount on the domestic tuition fee. Please note this discount does not apply to the student services fee or non-tuition fees.

School obligations

In joining the programme schools agree to ensure that their students enrolling at the university are:

  • capable of completing their requested course of study
  • will be provided with support within the school to complete their course.

Schools agree to assist the university to administer the enrolment of students by:

  • working with the student to select an appropriate distance course from those listed on the university website
  • checking the student’s application is complete and accurate prior to the application being submitted to the Programme Coordinator
  • confirming that the student is eligible to undertake the study
  • working with the Programme Coordinator to address any issues that may arise while the student is undertaking the course.

International students

To be eligible:

  • students must be enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school
  • the school must be a member of the Accelerate+ programme (have an agreement)
  • students must meet the minimum standard requirement for Accelerate+.

Schools can choose to utilise STAR funding to cover the cost of the course. Should schools choose to use funding other than STAR funding to support an international student, the school will be invoiced for the full international course fees.

How to join

Secondary schools who wish to be a part of the programme should contact the Accelerate+ Programme Coordinator or speak with a member of the University’s Future Students Team.

Contact us

Accelerate+ Programme Coordinator

Phone: 0800 627 739