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New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

STARTS: July 2023
Madras Street
International Close Date: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

COVID-19 vaccination information

You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme. However, most placement providers will require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated before allowing you to complete a placement at their organisation. Placements are an integral part of this programme and you’ll need to complete these to be able to successfully achieve your qualification.

Gain in-demand skills for the fast-evolving commercial science and science laboratory sectors.

Employment outcomes for graduates of this one-year programme are excellent and on par with outcomes for degree graduates. Opportunities include roles in medical laboratories, food manufacturing, environmental testing and quality assurance.

The programme covers a range of science-related learning with a strong commercial focus. It combines seven 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 ensure that you graduate work-ready, with credible experience.

Available part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$7,210 - $8,046 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 5 or equivalent

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Gain in-demand skills for the fast-evolving commercial science and science laboratory sectors.

Type Diploma
Code NZ2553
Next Starts July 2023
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start
Credits 120
Level 6
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2553-STRU

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$7,210 - $8,046 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

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NZ Diploma in Applied Science - Jul 2023 - Christchurch
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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