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19 Weeks


Didn’t enjoy school? Not sure what you want to do in the future? This is the Ultimate alternative to school!

Our FREE 19-week Ultimate course offers the opportunity for you to earn credits towards NCEA Level 1, gain an NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1), and explore a range of practical study and career options. This course will help you to prepare for life beyond school by covering personal financial planning, computer skills, writing CV’s, and by giving you the opportunity to sit your learner driver’s license. And that’s just the beginning!

Taught in a fun environment, you will experience a range of career and study tasters. These tasters may vary between campuses but include such things as barista skills, safe use of quad bikes and tractors, early childhood skills, security forces training, food preparation and cash handling skills, business administration skills and much more.

Learn in a relaxed setting through alternate methods of learning. Cover literacy and numeracy in an engaging way and discover embedded learning through games. Develop self-management, time management, and teamwork skills to help prepare you for further training and employment.

In just 19 weeks, you’ll be job-ready, have some amazing valuable life and work experience, an NZQA qualification and an opportunity to do further training. Graduates can pathway onto our Ultimate 2.0 programme where they can gain credits towards NCEA Level 2.

Upcoming Intakes

5 Jul 2021
26 Jul 2021
2 Aug 2021
31 Jan 2022
26 Jul 2021
31 Jan 2022
26 Jul 2021
31 Jan 2022
26 Jul 2021
31 Jan 2022


Domestic Fees

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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  • Community services
  • Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Manage Own learning
  • Managing Stress
  • Cultural Identity

Self Management

  • Personal Wellbeing
  • Anger Management
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Rented Accommodation
  • Personal Finances

Work Preparation

  • Employee Obligations
  • Motor Vehicle Ownership
  • Traffic Laws
  • Team Work
  • Personal Presentation
  • Customer Service
  • Food Safety


  • Plans for Future
  • CV Writing
  • Interviews
  • Employment
  • Workplace Relationships

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1)

  • For students aged 16-19.
  • No previous qualifications at NCEA Level 1 or higher.
  • Not available to International students.

Career Opportunities

Barista - Kaiwhakarite Kawhe

Baristas prepare and serve coffee and other hot beverages to cafe, coffee shop or restaurant customers

Further Study

Now that you have realised how valuable learning is, and how capable you are, opportunities exist within Vision College to continue your journey towards the employment goal you have. Check out our websites for more details.

Retail Sales Assistant - Kaiāwhina Hokohoko

Retail sales assistants help customers pick out goods, and collect payment for purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. All of our qualifications are accredited and approved through the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and are internationally recognised.

We can provide free transport/travel allowance for students aged 16-19 at our North Island Campuses.

For students who live close to campus we can provide travel allowance to cover the cost of public transport.

For students who live far from campus we have free pick up and drop off each day.

Contact us for more information on which option you would be eligible for as some conditions do apply.


Ultimate course gives students foundation skills and the opportunity to learn in a relaxed environment, through alternate methods of learning that most high schools don't use. Students spend 6 months exploring different career and study options, and learning important life skills that will help them in the future - all while covering literacy and numeracy. In just six months students will have a level 1 qualification, credits towards NCEA Level 1 (maybe even Level 1 completely), and valuable experience they will take with them on their next journey.

We have a range of courses that students can pathway onto after completing Ultimate! Depending on the campus they attend, students can move onto Digital Media, Agriculture, Security, Mechanical Engineering, Biztech or Early Childhood Education. Our tutors help students to plan their next study goals, and move towards a career they will enjoy. They will also be able to suggest other courses at different institutes that will take a student on the right path. Over the course they will also learn valuable skills that will help students if they choose to find employment after the course.

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