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Applied Science 3

New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 3)


Course details

  • Jul 2019
    Feb 2020
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3574 per semester
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme is a starting point for those interested in a career in science and/or engineering. This programme provides a pathway for entry into higher level science programmes, or to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, for those students who don’t already meet the academic entry requirements.

Students will study one compulsory module ‘Professional Skills in Applied Science 1’, then choose a context and modules from one of two contexts – Applied Science or Engineering.

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

Science context

Besides learning theory, students will go on fieldtrips, for example:

  • To a native tree nursery to learn about eco-sourcing and eco-restoration
  • To Lake Ngaroto to investigate plant and animal communities in a scrub ecosystem
  • To a local dog handler who trains and works dogs that detect American Foul Brood in bee hives
  • To Waikato Valley Chocolate factory to learn about food processing

They will also take part in in-class/on campus practical lab work, including:

  • Testing the anti-bacterial action of honey
  • Honey sensory lab
  • Native tree identification
  • Testing physical and chemical properties of soil samples and identifying invertebrates collected on a field trip
  • Fieldwork sampling techniques

Engineering context

Students will learn theory, and get to carry out investigations in the lab, including experiments on centroids and using Hook’s law.

In the physics module, students will look at a wide range of topics, and investigations will include experiments on gravitational constants, energy, magnetism, electricity and optics. 

View programme 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 3315


​​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  

Career/further opportunities

On completion of this programme, graduates from the science context can progress on to further study in Applied Science 5, the Bachelor of Technology, or graduates from the engineering context can go on to study the Diploma in Engineering (Level 6).

Graduates 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).

For graduates currently working in the fields of food production or environment management, this qualification will support and enhance their knowledge in these areas.

Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options:

  • 20 credits at NCEA level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits;
  • or a relevant qualification at New Zealand qualification level 2;
  • or a recognised equivalent

Discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in previous programmes.

English language requirements

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

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Applied Science pathway diagram

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.

Year 1 students, starting Semester 2
Date:  22 July
Time:  9am - 11am
Venue: Events Room 2, City Campus


Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day, and be prepared to stay for classes if necessary.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

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

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

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

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