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Applied Science 4 (Level 4)

Leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4)


  • Starts February or July 2018
  • Fee Guideline: $3489 per semester
  • One semester full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Rotokauri Campus, City Campus

If you want to develop the skills and knowledge that you need to gain entry into the science and technology industry, this programme is for you.

Graduates of this programme can gain entry level roles as lab technicians, researchers, and field-workers in manufacturing industries
and regional and national government agencies; or pathway onto higher levels of study in Science or Engineering.

You will learn broad operational and theoretical knowledge in science and/or engineering and mathematics.

Your study will involve a compulsory ‘Professional Skills in Applied Science 2’ module; you’ll then be able to choose a context and modules from one of the two contexts - Applied Science or Engineering.

If you are currently working in the fields of food production or environment management, this qualification will support and enhance your knowledge in these areas.

What You'll Study

Your study will involve a compulsory 'Professional Skills in Applied Science 2 module', you'll then be able to choose a context and modules from one of the two contexts - Applied Science or Engineering.


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
SCIE402Professional Skills in Applied Science 2415

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

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
FSCB401The Science of Food 415
FSCB402Food Processing & Assurance415
FSCB403Food Processing & Assurance Project415
SCIE406Science of Environmental Management415
SCIE404Environmental Management Practices 2415
SCIE405Environmental Management Project415
SCIE401English for Applied Science415

Group C: Elective Modules for Engineering Context:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
MATH401Engineering Mathematics415
MECHh401Fundamentals of Engineering415
SCIE401English for Applied Science415
SCIE403Making Sense of Data 2415

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to have gained:

  • 24 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 12 credits in English or Māori; or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or
  • A Level 3 qualification in science; or
  • Equivalent

Special Admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success1 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional Entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

Career/further opportunities:

On completion of this programme, graduates from the science context can progress on to further study in Applied Science 5 or the Bachelor of Technology, or graduates from the engineering context will be able to go on to further study for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

You will also have the skills and knowledge to work under supervision in entry-level positions in science and technology-related fields of work including manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.

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