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Courses in this Learning Area

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Year 12
Year 13
The Auckland West Vocational Academy offers secondary/tertiary courses for senior students from Massey High School as well as from other schools.
Pre-Academy Engineering
Pre-Academy Building
Pre-Academy Hospitality
Automotive Academy
Carpentry Academy
​Hospitality Academy
Early Childhood
Tourism Plus Academy
Automotive Academy
Building Academy
Hospitality Academy
Early Childhood
Tourism Plus Academy

Māori Performing Arts
Auckland West Vocational Academies

Massey High is the lead provider in AWVA, Auckland West Vocational Academy.

All the academies offer students the opportunity to get involved in a skills based Vocational Pathway at Massey High School, with aligned onsite tutoring at various providers e.g. UNITEC, Auckland Hotel and Chef School, Whitireia (Radio School), ITC (International Travel College), NZ Fashion Tech and other NZQA approved providers during their school year. Some of the academies take place at our partner schools e.g. Mahi a Toi (Maori Performing Arts) and Mechatronics which are based at Rutherford College.

All the academies are different in their detail but they all involve studying for NCEA, working towards a National Certificate, skills based learning at a provider and the opportunity to have their NCEA endorsed with a Vocational Pathways Award at Level 2. The credits gained in the academies count towards the NCEA. Some academies offer opportunities for work experience and all the academy students have the chance of free driving lessons in a manual car.

Most of the academies commence in Year 12 and many progress to Year 13.  At Year 11 there are the following academy options for students to consider:

  • Engineering Level 1,
  • Early Childhood Level 2,
  • Fashion Academy either Year 11 Pre-Academy or Level 2,
  • Multi Skills Level 1 & 2,
  • Building 103
  • Hospitality

Our Academies include: Automotive, Carpentry and Construction, Engineering, Early Childhood, Fashion, Hospitality, Tourism, Mahi a Toi, Mechatronics, Multi Skills and the Health Pathway.

Towards the end of 2011 the Ministry of Education appointed Massey High School as a lead provider among a small group of educational institutions known as Trades Academies. The Trades Academies offered through Massey High School are collectively known as the Auckland West Vocational Academies (AWVA).

Other schools who have joined AWVA from 2014 through to 2018 are Waitakere College, Rutherford College, Kelston Boys High School and Green Bay College. Some of the additional AWVA academies these other schools offer will be available to our students if that will be more relevant to their pathway choice.

All AWVA academies enable students to work towards a nationally transferable foundation level tertiary qualification (usually at Level 2), and an NCEA endorsed with one of the six vocational pathway awards (at Level 2 only). These awards are additional to the standard NCEA qualification.

All the standards in Academy courses offer credits which also cross over to the NCEA on a one for one basis.

What is a Nationally Transferable Foundation Level Tertiary Qualification?

A nationally transferable foundation level tertiary qualification is a qualification offered by polytechnics such as Unitec or MIT, or other training institutions (including some schools) that is usually only available to students once they finish their secondary education. Essentially the same qualification (often called a National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate) is taught throughout the country so that a National Certificate gained through AWVA at Massey High School is recognised and accepted throughout the whole country.

Foundation qualifications (sometimes called pre-trade or pre-apprenticeship) prepare students to enrol in a variety of courses at the next tertiary level (often level 4). For example, a student with a National Certificate in Carpentry (BCAT’s) can still qualify for a level 4 course in automotive, plumbing or electrical as well as carpentry.

This is important, because it means that students are not locked into just one career because of decisions made when they are 16 or 17.

What is Different about the AWVA Academies?

Each AWVA academy has its own (vocational pathway aligned) programme that is taught in context at school, but all academies have a connection with an outside teaching institution. These education providers may come to the school to teach, or more usually, host AWVA students at their campus. Work experience and some free driving tuition is also available. Students who are part of AWVA will be assured of coherency in their overall programme, leading to enhanced future employment or study opportunities.

Other Providers

As the lead school in the Auckland West Vocational Academies (AWVA), Massey High School is associated with Unitec, MIT, the BCATS Industry Training Organisation (ITO), Service IQ, ITC, Competenz. Whitireia, NZ Fashion Tech, and AHCTS in addition to a number of other specialist training providers.