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Applied Science 3 (Level 3)

Leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 3)


  • Starts February or 24 July 2017
  • Fee guideline: $3395 per semester
  • One semester, full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Wintec City Campus, Rotokauri Campus

In this programme you'll learn introductory skills and knowledge in science. Applied Science 3 is a great programme for people wanting to gain entry-level positions in manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development. The programme also provides a pathway into higher levels of study in science.

What You'll Study

Your study will involve a compulsory 'Professional Skills in Applied Science 1 module', you'll then be able to choose a context and modules from one of the two contexts - Applied Science or Engineering.

Not all modules may be available in 2017.


Schedule of Modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Group A: Compulsory Module all Contexts:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
SCIE301Professional Skills in Applied Science 1315

​​Group B: Elective Modules for Applied Science Context:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
FSCB301The Science of Food & the Environment315
FSCB303Introduction to Food Processing315
SCIE303Making Sense of Data 1315
SCIE401English for Applied Science415
FSCB302Introduction to Food Assurance315
SCIE304Environmental Management Practices 1315
ECOL301New Zealand Ecosystems315
SCIE305Applied Science Project315

Group C: Elective Modules for Engineering Context:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
SCIE303Making Sense of Data 1315
SCIE401English for Applied Science415
SCIE302Engineering Calculations & Materials315

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of three years’ secondary education; and
  • Level 1 literacy standards (10 credits) and Level 1 numeracy standards (10 credits); or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or
  • Equivalent

Applicants who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) academic score of 5.0 across all bands; or equivalent.

Applicants aged over 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success, may be eligible for Special Admission at the discretion of the Centre Director, or designated nominee.

Applicants aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational achievements and/or work life experience may be eligible for Provisional Entry, at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of this programme can progress on to further study in Applied Science 4, or other higher qualifications and programmes in a wide range of engineering, or science-related disciplines. 

Graduates from the Engineering context, will be able to go on to further study such as the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6).

You will also have the skills and knowledge to work under supervision as an assistant in entry-level operational positions in science, engineering and/or mathematics related fields of work (e.g. manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development).

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