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Applied Science 5

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)


Course details

A new version of this programme is coming soon.

As part of our move into Te Pūkenga, we are excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This is ongoing, meaning course details will change, including duration, pathways, levels, fees and entry requirements. In the meantime, applications are open, and we welcome you to apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Studying in this programme will see you learn theory and technical knowledge in a range of natural and physical sciences. You 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, you will spend hands-on time in the laboratory developing practical skills that are valuable in the workplace.

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

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

After successful completion, you may wish to progress on to study Applied Science 6.

What you will learn

You 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, fieldwork, research and development.

Upon successfully completing this programme, graduates can apply to study for our 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

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Date: Monday 17 July 2023
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: A2.04a, A Block, City Campus

At your induction (your first day), we will cover:
  • Programme information and structure,
  • timetables,
  • how to access and use Moodle,
  • helpful resources,
  • take you on a campus tour, and
  • begin your first class. 

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook with you.

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

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out 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, located at 56 Lake Road, Frankton, or online from the Uniform Centre, product code 4302. The approximate cost is $60-$80.

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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

    Prospectus (course guide)

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