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STAR Business courses offered at UC for high school students

UC Business School offers a number of Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) courses to secondary school students both on campus and by distance.

STAR students can enrol in almost any first-year course with the approval of the course coordinator and the student’s secondary school. The STAR programme allows talented students to extend their learning and earn points towards their UC degree by successfully completing our 100-level (first-year) Commerce courses. The STAR programme is suitable for challenging and advancing students' knowledge in their subject areas, and as added preparation for NCEA Scholarship exams.

STAR courses

Check out the full list of on campus and distance STAR courses offered at UC

Course Code Business and Economics STAR courses
ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
ACCT 103 Introduction to Financial Accounting
ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 199 Introduction to Microeconomics (NOTE: available by distance only)
INFO 123 Information Systems and Technology
INFO 125 Introduction to Programming with Databases
MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
MKTG 100 Principles of Marketing
MSCI 170 Managerial Decision Making

NOTE: School holidays and university holidays can be at different times. In 2017 the UC mid-semester breaks will be from 10 – 30 April in Semester 1, and from 28 August – 9 September in Semester 2. The mid-year break is from 26 June – 14 July.

Course workload

As a general guide, a 15-point course at UC eg, ECON 104 should equate to a workload of about 150 hours. If the course is run over one semester (as opposed to whole-year courses), this is a workload of just over 8 hours a week on average, that includes the time spent in lectures and tutorials. Students and the STAR coordinators should check the timetable information for the on campus lectures and tutorials. Distance courses such as ECON 199 are delivered via the online learning system (Learn). ECON199 is a 15-point course run over the whole year and has a workload of around 4 hours a week on average.


We are able to offer both ECON104 and ECON105 courses free of charge to students.

The tuition fee for a standard 15-point STAR course in 2017 is $540. This applies to both domestic and international STAR students. Textbooks, if required, are not included in this cost. Once enrolled students will be able to obtain a Canterbury Card that serves as a Library card. They will also have access to the online learning system and student email.

How to enrol

As students remain as fully-enrolled secondary school students, they should not complete the standard university enrolment process.

The STAR office will arrange a contract with your school and once signed, schools will be asked to submit:

  • a school registration form for the semester
  • a student enrolment form for each student
  • certified citizen documentation for each student

These documents must be submitted by 9 February 2017 for Semester 1 courses and whole year courses; and 29 June 2017 for Semester 2 courses.

Once students are fully enrolled they will receive an Enrolment Confirmation letter by email and by post. Students enrolling in or withdrawing from STAR courses must do so through their school.

For more information visit the STAR programme at UC page.