STAR Courses

STAR Courses


WITT offers secondary schools a variety of STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) programmes that fit Ministry of Education criteria. STAR is geared for senior students (year 11 and above).

STAR is a very important part of what WITT offers to our community and we value the input and support from secondary schools in the Taranaki region. These course information pages are intended to be a guide to assist students and STAR Co-ordinators with their selection of STAR courses for the 2015 school year.  

Our aim is to accommodate the common requirements of local schools and students.   Depending on the number of students, most courses can be tailored to suit your needs. Courses listed are a combination of suggested units that may be either introduced or achieved within the stated duration of the course.   An effort has been made to ensure our STAR courses compliment current school subjects, and at the same time provide an excellent insight into what it would be like to study at WITT as a full-time student.

STAR courses are mainly run at our New Plymouth Bell Street Campus, unless special arrangements have been made to hold a course at a particular school.   All carpentry courses are run at G&H Training, 9-11 Port View Crescent, New Plymouth.

We always welcome suggestions for alternative or additional courses.

Art & Design

Our STAR Art and Design courses introduce students to animation, journalism, photography, Photoshop or graphic design. These are great taster courses for WITT's Certificate and Diploma programmes in art and design.

Automotive & Engineering

These courses provide the opportunity for students to obtain unit standards towards the Certificate in Automotive Trades and Certificate in Welding programmes offered at WITT.  It is suitable for those who either want to gain practical knowledge and trade skills or want to enter the automotive industry. 


WITT's Office Jr. STAR course is designed for students who want to develop their skills in business, administration and computing.

Early Childhood Education 

WITT's Early Childhood Education course is designed to give Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to foster and develop their skills and creativity so they can understand the exploratory world of children aged 0-5 years. Hair & Beauty.

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy 

The Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses are designed to give students an introduction to the hair and beauty therapy industries by giving them the opportunity to experience the requirements of the industry. Students bring in clients to gain the necessary skills to complete the unit standards thus gaining practical and theoretical experiences.

Hospitality & Barista

WITT offers STAR courses to students wanting an introduction to the food service industry and want to learn how to make coffee. Students get the opportunity to experience preparing and serving in a commercial hospitality environment.