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Science Online


Course details

  • Runs every two to three months
  • 12 weeks
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fees-fee
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free
  • Online delivery


This programme is suitable for students who want to study nursing or midwifery, but don’t have the required science credits or who want to boost their science confidence before they start.

Please note, entry into this programme is by referral only. If you want to discuss your options, please contact the Enrolment Centre.

What you will learn

Students will study basic biology, chemistry, microbiology and mathematics (in the context of drug and drip calculations).

How you will learn

Students will complete a range of online activities, including lessons and exercises, watch video clips, try some quizzes, complete online multiple choice tests, and complete formal assessments.

What are the science prerequisites for nursing or midwifery study?

​Candidates are required to have at least 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science or equivalent for the Bachelor of Nursing (along with other prerequisite subjects). Bachelor of Midwifery candidates are required to have at least 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in Biology or Chemistry, or equivalent (along with other prerequisite subjects).

After successful completion.

​This pathway is designed to help students attain the science prerequisites for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery programmes.

If students choose not to pursue a Nursing or Midwifery pathway, they can cross credit what they have learnt towards a Diploma in Technology (Science) (Level 6).


Entry criteria

This programme is Open Entry.



Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

Request an emailable or printed copy of the Prospectus

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