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New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

STARTS: February 2021
Madras Street
International Close Date: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

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

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. The diploma can also lead to entry-level employment in medical laboratories.

This 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 gain essential real-world skills. Part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,540 - $7,290 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$20,570 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,900 - $7,700 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$21,190 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021

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.

Information
Type Diploma
Code NZ2553
Next Starts February 2021
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 2020

Domestic costs
$6,540 - $7,290 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$20,570 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,900 - $7,700 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$21,190 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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