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Pathways into tertiary study

Dale Leckie - within school kāhui teacher, Te Puna Wai O Waipapa —

The Fast Path course involves young adult students - many of whom may have thought tertiary study was out of reach - undertaking an intensive integrated school-based course of Mathematics and Physics to prepare them for undergraduate study in Engineering and Product design at UC.

The University of Canterbury Fast Path into Engineering and Product Design course is back and has expanded in a number of ways. The 2021 iteration has seen enrolment up 33%, a greater diversity of participating students, and an extended course runtime of five weeks. The core of the course remains structured around the kāhui ako achievement challenges of future focused learning and pathways into and out of secondary school. These have informed course redesigns to ensure that students are best prepared for their entrance into the University of Canterbury. These include greater input and integration with UC lecturers, an evolving utilisation of best practices in digital learning, and more opportunities to learn and grow student understanding.

The learning in Fast Path continues to be anchored in the mastery of the of Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. With an understanding of these concepts, students will apply them to the Physics contexts of Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Waves to explain the world around them.

The course continues to be presented through a hybrid mix of classroom and online learning. This provides students different learning opportunities, as well as the flexibility to learn at any place and at any time.