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Applied Science 5

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)


Course details


Students in this programme will learn theory and technical knowledge in a range of natural and physical sciences. Students will also learn a range of practical skills, laboratory methods, and the soft skills necessary for further studies in the field of science. Areas of study include chemistry, biology, microbiology, food nutrition, and environmental sciences.

This programme is highly practical. Alongside learning theory, students will spend time in the laboratory developing the practical skills that are useful in the workplace.

It is intended that students progress on to study Applied Science 6 after completing Applied Science 5.

The classes for this programme are usually four days a week, with an average of five hours per day in class/labs. Students will also be required to undertake self-directed study in their own time.

Although it is useful for students applying to study this programme to have a background in science, it is not essential. Part-time study is available for this programme, however, there are a high number of laboratory hours required.

What you'll learn

Students will complete six compulsory modules, and get to choose two elective modules.

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 Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
SCIE501Professional Skills in Applied Science 3515
SCIE502Practical Skills for Applied Science515  
CHEM501Chemistry for Applied Science515  
BIOL501Biology for Applied Science515  
MICR501Microbiology for Applied Science515  
CHEM502Organic Chemistry for Applied Science515  


​​Group B: Elective Modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
SCIE401English for Applied Science415  
PHYS501Physics for Applied Science515  
FSCB501Food & Nutrition for Applied Science515
SCIE504Environmental Issues515  
FSCB601Food Microbiology for Applied Science615MICR501 
CHEM601Analytical Chemistry for Applied Science615



SCIE601Sensory Evaluation for Applied Science615  
FSCB602Food Chemistry for Applied Science615



SCIE602Environmental Assessment for Applied Science615





SCIE603Quality Assurance and Statistics for Applied Science615  
SCIE604Molecular Methodologies for Applied Science615



ECOL601Ecology for Applied Science615BIOL501 
SCIE605Conservation and Biosecurity for Applied Science615ECOL601 
SCIE606Process Engineering for Applied Science615PHYS501
 Any other approved 15 credit module5 or 615  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in routine operational positions in science-related fields of work including manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates can apply to study the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6), or further diploma or bachelor degrees in a wide range of science-related disciplines.

Entry criteria

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

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2, 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1 and 14 credits in a science subject at NCEA Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed Applied Science (Level 3);
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on 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 this programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; 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:  8am - 10am
Venue: D Block, D1.19, City Campus

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

Students enrolled in any course with a practical laboratory component are required to purchase a laboratory coat from an approved supplier.

Laboratory coats can be purchased from NZ Safety, 24 Somerset St, Frankton or online from the Uniform Centre,, product code 4302. Approximate cost is $60.00

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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Clinical placement

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