New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6).xml New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

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DiplomaFull time - 1 year; part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code

NZ2553

Domestic

$6,200 -$6,800

Starts

February, July

International

$19,000

Credits

120

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

Level

6

Domestic Applications due

Early enrolment advised

International Applications due

20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Content

A level 6 diploma such as this is the minimum required for work in a modern science laboratory. Science laboratories are part of a fast-evolving commercial science sector which encompasses businesses operating in food production, manufacturing and environmental management.

This programme covers a range of science-related learning with a strong commercial focus. It combines six mandatory courses in the areas of science, information literacy, quality management and project management, along with optional courses that enable you to tailor your programme to your specific area of interest.

You'll gain a sound understanding of the technology used in applied science workplaces and increase your knowledge in chemistry, microbiology and molecular biology in workplace contexts. You'll also learn about legislative compliance needed in complex work situations, for example workplace safety and hazardous substance management.

A 120-hour work placement will enable you to apply your classroom learning into a workplace context and gain essential real-world skills.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 5

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    Note: Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

6.0

READING

6.0

WRITING

6.0

LISTENING

6.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

With the skills gained through this programme you'll be ready to start your career as an entry-level technician
providing essential oversight of manufacturing processes, making sure the product is safe, compliant
and meets specification.

You'll work alongside engineering and process management personnel as a respected professional with KTP (key technical person) status and opportunities to advance your career.

Study pathways

This qualification can be followed by a degree in a science-related discipline, or a business degree or diploma in operational management. Once employed, your qualification(s) can form the basis for management courses through the likes of the New Zealand Institute of Management, or further professional study of quality systems through the New Zealand Quality College or New Zealand Organisation for Quality.

Recommended school subjects

  • English-rich subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematics