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CourseScience Linkage Microbiology

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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Christchurch - Madras Street

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

In this course, you'll learn how to work safely in a microbiology lab. You'll also have the opportunity to find out more about preparing samples for viewing through a microscope, including the use of stains to make microorganisms more visible and measuring these microorganisms.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
8029 Work safely in a microbiological laboratory 5 2 2
8035 Carry out visualization and measurement of microorganisms 4 4 4


Academic requirements

To enrol you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

This course provides a pathway into degrees in areas such as science, applied science, health science, nutrition and nursing.


A wide range of employment opportunities exist in science-related fields. The practical experience gained from the course in mircobiology and chemistry can lead to employment in laboratories. Further study offers even more diverse opportunities, from nursing to working in the dairy industry, for a food producer or as a sports scientist.