STAR / Gateway at SIT


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In conjunction with the Government and secondary schools, SIT is helping young people discover their ‘calling’ in life by offering STAR and Gateway courses which allow students to study programmes not available through their secondary school.

This offers an opportunity for students to have a clear pathway into tertiary programmes or to achieve vocational credits alongside their school qualifications.

STAR/Gateway programmes are exclusively for students attending a New Zealand secondary school and enrolments must be made by the school STAR/Gateway Coordinator.

A Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) course introduces secondary school students to training for a specific career or study at tertiary level. STAR courses are short and are only available through polytechnics and private training organisations. Students participate in short-term programmes or ‘taster courses’ for a few days at a time, or one day per week for several weeks; and longer-term programmes leading into Gateway are also available.

Gateway offers longer term programmes which lead to industry unit standard qualifications. Gateway is a programme tailored for secondary school students and is structured around work-based learning, allowing them to learn and work while still at school.

STAR/Gateway at Southern Institute of Technology is offered on-site at the Invercargill campus and by distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning, with a variety of courses available.

STAR / Gateway programmes delivered by SIT2LRN Online Distance Learning Campus are available to secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Course Costs

The cost to the school is $30.00 including GST per credit. (Includes all marking and resubmissions). This is for digital materials issued via blackboard.
Travel and Tourism materials are sent in hard copy at a cost of $36.00 including GST per credit.
Individual unit standard prices are specified each programme.

SIT offers a range of on-campus STAR/Gateway programmes at the Invercargill campus and additional programmes are delivered via SIT2LRN Online Distance Learning to students at secondary schools anywhere in New Zealand. SIT2LRN Online Distance Learning programmes makes it easy for all schools to offer STAR NZQA unit standards in a variety of subjects with no travel/timetable problems.

Available Courses

Only available for high school students
  • Invercargill
  • SIT2LRN Distance Learning
  • Queenstown
  • Telford

STAR / Gateway Enrolment

Online enrolment is only available for STAR programmes delivered by SIT2LRN Distance Learning. To enrol students in on-campus STAR/Gateway programmes, please see contact details below.

STEP 1: Enrolments must be made by the school STAR/Gateway Coordinator via the form below

School Details

Co-ordinator Details


STEP 2: Enrol students

Please add your students below and click the "Add another student" button to continue adding students to this enrolment, or click the "Finish" button to complete the enrolment.

On submisison, you will receive a confirmation email to advise your enrolment has been received.

On receipt of the first enrolment a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be sent to the school's STAR/Gateway Coordinator within 10 working days

Enrolment Details

Student Details

Course Details
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Telford STAR

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Contact Details


SIT2LRN Distance Learning Programmes:

STAR/Gateway Coordinator
Southern Institute of Technology
Private Bag 90114
133 Tay Street
Invercargill 9840
Free Phone: 03 2112651

Invercargill Campus Programmes:
STAR/Gateway Coordinator
Southern Institute of Technology
Private Bag 90114
133 Tay Street
Invercargill, 9840
Free Phone: 0800 403 337 

STAR/Gateway Coordinator
Donna Osborne
PO Box 6
Balclutha, 9240
498 Owaka Highway,
Balclutha, 9271
Free Call: 0800 TELFORD(835 367)