Please see below for a variety of useful link resources.
- Understanding NCEA – read the NZQA site for information on changes to University Entrance in 2014
- Read more about Youth Guarantees and Vocational Pathways, launched in 2013
- Career New Zealand website (Read more on the Career Services website about How to understand NCEA – a guide for parents)
- Nelson College Newsletter
- More study tips
- School Connect – a website that helps with decision-making
Tertiary Course Advice
- TradeMe Jobs
- Seek Vacancies
- www.careerjet.co.nz – a job search engine for New Zealand
- Intepeople – Nelson-based Human Resources consultancy
- Coverstaff – Human Resources consultancy
- Advanced Personnel – Human Resources consultancy
- Work and Income New Zealand
- Workbridge – Employment service for people with all types of disability
- Seasonal Jobs – Seasonal work in New Zealand
- Seasonal Work – Harvest, hospitality & seasonal work in New Zealand
There are many reasons for taking a year out. After 10 years in school you may feel like it’s time for a break from study! Or maybe you want to save some money to help cover your tertiary fees, and avoid a student loan.
There are several advantages to having a working year or a GAP year. You can:
- experience the world of work in a real way
- become more mature
- become more independent and experienced in your decision-making
- clarify your study and career future, and make new or more informed decisions
- work with people from different walks of life
- experience different types of workplaces
- learn new skills
- AFS Exchange Programme website – find out about AFS’ community service programme for people over 18
- Au Pair Link New Zealand website – find out about becoming an au pair overseas
- Camp America website – find out about working in summer camps in the United States
- Global Volunteer Network website – volunteer opportunities worldwide
- IEP website – find out about working holidays, volunteering and summer camps in America
- Lattitude website – find out about opportunities to do volunteer work overseas
- www.TheLeap.co.uk – Gap year options
- New Zealand Conservation Corps website – find out about a conservation training programme for young Kiwis
- Rotary International website – find out about Rotary’s student exchange programme
- Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) website – find out about volunteer opportunities internationally
- Your education – arranges short and long term exchanges overseas.
There are many different places you can go and things you can do in your gap year. You may like to explore some of the following websites for more information:
NOTE – A Gap Year information evening is held in Term 1. Visit websites listed above for cut off dates.
Student Loans and Allowances
While you are thinking about your study options, you will want to know all about the financial support you can get. StudyLink wants to make things as easy as possible for you. Some of the ways StudyLink can help is through:
Student Allowance: This is a weekly payment for full-time students to assist with day-to-day living expenses. You do not have to pay it back. Go to StudyLink to see if you fit the criteria.
Student Loans: With a Student Loan, which helps with study costs, you do have to pay it back. What it can be used for does depend on certain things. Go to this section of StudyLink to see if this is right for you. In Nelson, phone 0800 88 99 00 to make an appointment. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm; Wednesday 9.30am – 4.00pm.
Obtain an IRD number early: At the beginning of Year 13, apply for an IRD number as it takes time to process all applications for NZ if they arrive at once. You will need to have an IRD number for all applications. To apply for an IRD number you can do it online by filling out an IR595 or call them on 0800 377 778.
Studying in Australia
Your NCEA Level 3 results must go to the Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) in Australia. NZ conversions are calculated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and provided to Australia. This will be used in the selection process provided you’ve fulfilled university entrance requirements as set by NZQA. NZQA does not report this ITI to applicants. Queries about the ITI and university entrance requirements should be made to NZQA.
Studying in the United States
How do I go about planning my college future?
Applying to a US college is a big job, but you can make it easier by breaking it down into a series of small steps. Fortunately, the US College Board has a useful tool called BigFuture to make college planning easy.
How do I find out more about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests?
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. To find out more about the SAT and SAT Subject tests or to register to take the test go to SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Since 2014, Nelson College is an approved SAT test centre.
How do I apply to go to a US college?
The Common Application for college admission is a free online undergraduate application used by over 450 colleges and universities.
Studying in the United Kingdom
How do I apply to study at a university in the UK?
UCAS can help you find universities and colleges, research courses, complete an application and check the progress of your completed application. They provide advice from subjects and qualifications through to funding your studies and being prepared for any challenges that may arise.
How do I apply for a student visa to study in the UK?
The best place to start the application process is to visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).