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Applied Science 6 (Level 6)

Leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)


It is intended that students will complete Applied Science 5 before proceeding to Applied Science 6.

  • Due for delivery February 2018
  • Fee guideline: $6797 per year
  • One year full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Wintec City Campus, Hamilton

In this programme you'll learn in-depth theoretical and technical knowledge in a specialised field of science(s) such as food technology, environmental technology or biotechnology. You can choose to focus on one pathway in science, or a combination of pathways.

Food technology is about the science of food. People who choose this pathway can work in entry level positions as food technologists who develop new food products, analyse the components of food, or; food safety officers who audit the food manufacturing industry.

Environmental technology is about the science of conservation, biosecurity and environmental management. People who choose this pathway can work in entry level positions as biosecurity officers who help manage pest animal and plant control, and help conserve local environments.

Biotechnology is about the 'doing' of science, this includes quality assurance of laboratory practices, the analysis of samples and reporting on sample results.  People who choose this pathway can work in entry level positions as researchers or laboratory technicians.

What you'll study

Your study will involve a compulsory work placement, and a minimum of seven elective modules totaling a minimum of 120 credits. Of the 120 credits, a minimum of 75 credits must be at Level 6 or above.


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
SCIE607Work Placement for Applied Science615SCIE501; SCIE502;
CHEM501; SCIE503;
MICR501; and
FSCB602 or SCIE504


​​Group B: Elective Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
FSCB601Food Microbiology for Applied Science615
CHEM601Analytical Chemistry for Applied Science615CHEM501; SCIE502
SCIE601Sensory Evaluation for Applied Science615
FSCB602Food Chemistry for Applied Science615CHEM501; CHEM502
SCIE602Environmental Assessment for Applied Science615CHEM501; CHEM502; BIOL501; MICR501

Quality Statistics and 

Workplace Legislation for Applied Science

SCIE604Molecular Methodologies for Applied Science615BIOL501; CHEM502
ECOL601Ecology for Applied Science615BIOL501
SCIE605Conservation and Biosecurity for Applied Science615ECOL601
SCIE606Process Engineering for Applied Science615PHYS501
CHEM501Chemistry for Applied Science515
BIOL501Biology for Applied Science515
MICR501Microbiology for Applied Science515
CHEM502Organic Chemistry for Applied Science515
SCIE503Quality Assurance for Applied Science515
FSCB501Food & Nutrition for Applied Science515
SCIE504Environmental Issues515
PHYS501Physics for Applied Science515



Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have gained:

  • A minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2, including 12 credits in English or Māori; or
  • A Level 5 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 success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special Admission will be granted at the discretion of the 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 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

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.


Career/further opportunities

This programme may lead to entry into further study in a bachelor degree in a science-related discipline.

Graduates will be able to work independently in technical positions in a specialised field of science in manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.

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