ACG (Academic Colleges Group)


ACG (Academic Colleges Group) is New Zealand’s largest quality provider of private school education, university pathways and tertiary skills-focused programmes.

ACG comprises 11 schools and 4 tertiary colleges in three countries and offers a comprehensive range of programmes for:

  • University Foundation Studies for University of Auckland and AUT University
  • Diploma and certificate programmes
  • Kindergarten, primary, middle and senior school education
  • English language courses

With ACG, you gain valuable practical skills and highly respected qualifications. A dedicated careers team is on hand to help graduates launch their careers, ensuring their journey at ACG is not only a pathway to further education, but also a pathway to a rewarding career.

This institution is represented by Study Options in the UK
  • ACG - Careers College campus. Photo credit: ACG

    ACG - Careers College campus. Photo credit: ACG

  • Become a professional chef. Photo credit: ACG

    Become a professional chef. Photo credit: ACG

  • Study hospitality. Photo credit: ACG

    Study hospitality. Photo credit: ACG

ACG school education

ACG has five co-educational day schools in Auckland and Tauranga. All ACG Schools offer the University of Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE, AS and A Levels. ACG Senior College also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

University pathways

University Foundation Studies prepares international students for entry into a university’s degree programmes. ACG offers the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies and AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies. Both certificates are recognised by all New Zealand universities and top universities in Australia, including ANU, the University of Adelaide and Monash University. Successful completion of the Foundation Studies certificates to prescribed standards guarantees entry to an appropriate university’s undergraduate degree.

Tertiary career focused programmes

ACG’s Career Division is made up of four quality tertiary colleges which all are Category 1 providers – the highest possible ranking from NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority). Together, they train over 6,000 students each year, delivering real skills for today’s professions. Programmes are industry-relevant, practical and flexible, ranging from two days to two years in duration.

ACG Yoobee School Of Design

The largest specialised design and multimedia school in the country, ACG Yoobee School of Design has been training students for the creative industries since 1997. ACG Yoobee produces work-ready, technically skilled graduates for the creative industries. Diploma programmes are offered in graphic design; digital media; web development; game art; filmmaking; animation and 3D graphics.

New Zealand School Of Tourism

The largest specialised tourism and travel school in the country, New Zealand School of Tourism has been training students for the airline, travel and tourism industry since 1985. The school has nine campuses throughout New Zealand, including a campus at Auckland Airport. Its tourism and travel courses prepare students for a range of careers in the industry, from hotels to tourist information offices, travel agencies, airlines, duty free, rental cars and lots of other tourism companies. The international flight attendant course can be completed on its own or as part of a two-year management programme and graduates have been employed with airlines all around the world, from Air New Zealand to Emirates, Qatar, ANA, Garuda Indonesia and many more. NZ School of Tourism offers certificate and diplomas in tourism and travel management.

NZCC (New Zealand Career College)

NZCC provides quality vocational training in the fields of business and early childhood education. With a strong emphasis on practical skills, our goal is to help students not only gain qualifications, but also develop fulfilling careers. Currently we train and transition almost 1,000 students each year, from New Zealand and around the world. NZCC offers Level 7 Diplomas in applied management in professional retailing, project management and procurement supply chain management.

NZMA (New Zealand Management Academies)

NZMA has been teaching skills for today’s workplace for over 30 years, producing some of the best hospitality, cookery and business professionals in the country. Students gain relevant industry experience in our authentic training environments and we have a dedicated employment team, NZMA Careers, to support them into employment. This team makes sure that our students graduate ready for work, and helps them find part-time work, internships and full-time employment. NZMA Careers has strong relationships with many of New Zealand’s biggest employers and for many organisations looking for skilled staff, NZMA is their first port of call. NZMA won Training Establishment of the Year 2015. NZMA offers diplomas in hospitality, cookery and business.

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