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 up to 3 years

Programme code



February, July





Domestic Applications due

Early enrolment advised

International Applications due

20 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$6,540 - $7,290



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

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.

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

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 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 or equivalent

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










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

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.