STAR / Gateway at SIT


Boost your career chances!

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 will be $36.00 inc.GST per credit. (This includes all resubmissions). Individual unit standard prices are specified with each programme.

Course Intake

The STAR/Gateway programme has two intakes.

  • Intake 1: Enrol anytime up to 5th June 2020. Course completion 19th June 2020
  • Intake 2: Enrol anytime up to 23rd October 2020. Course completion 6th November 2020

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.

Learn More:

Enrolments for STAR courses are now closed and will reopen again next year.

Available Courses

Only available for high school students

  • Invercargill
  • SIT2LRN Distance Learning
  • Telford


SIT2LRN Booklet


Telford Booklet


Invercargill Booklet


Contact Details

SIT2LRN Distance Learning Programmes:

STAR/Gateway Coordinator
Southern Institute of Technology
Private Bag 90114
25 Don Street
Invercargill 9840
Free Phone: 0800 403 337 ext 3340
Phone: 03 211 2699 ext 3340

Invercargill Campus Programmes:
STAR/Gateway Coordinator
Southern Institute of Technology
Private Bag 90114
133 Tay Street
Invercargill, 9840
Free Phone: 0800 403 337 ext 8786
Phone: 03 211 2699 ext 8786

STAR/Gateway Coordinator
Donna Osborne:
PO Box 6
Balclutha, 9240
498 Owaka Hightway,
Balclutha, 9271
Free Call: 0800 TELFORD(835 367) ext. 3503
Phone: 03 211 2699 ext 3503