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New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)


Course details


In this programme, you will learn theoretical and technical knowledge in a specialised field of science such as:

Food technology is the science of food. Those who choose this pathway could 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 the science of conservation, biosecurity and environmental management. If you choose this pathway, you may work in entry-level positions as biosecurity officers who help manage pest animal and plant control, and help conserve local environments.

Biotechnology is 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 may work in entry-level positions as researchers or laboratory technicians.

This programme is highly practical and hands-on. Alongside learning theory, you will spend time in the laboratory developing the essential practical skills that are useful in the workplace.

It is intended that our New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5) programme is completed before proceeding to this Bachelor. After completing this programme, students can progress into relevant employment or into further study with the Bachelor of Technology.

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. Part-time study is available for this programme; however, a high number of laboratory hours are required.

What you will learn

You will undertake a compulsory work placement and five elective modules totalling a minimum of 120 credits.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Compulsory Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
NSCI6101 Applied Science Workplace Legislation 615
NSCI6102Applied Science Work Placement 1615NSCI6101 
NSCI6103Applied Science Investigation Project615  

Elective Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
NSCI6104Project Management for Applied Science615
NSCI6105Advanced Biochemistry for Applied Science615
NSCI6106Environmental Assessment for Applied Science615  
NSCI6107Quality Statistics for Applied Science615  
NSCI6108Product Design and Analysis in Applied Science615
NSCI6109Analytical Chemistry for Applied Science615
NSCI6110Food Microbiology for Applied Science 615
NSCI6111Food Chemistry for Applied Science615  
NSCI6112Sensory Evaluation for Applied Science 615
NSCI6113Molecular Methodologies for Applied Science615  
NSCI6114Conservation and Biosecurity for Applied Science615  
NSCI6115Process Engineering for Applied Science615  
NSCI6116Wine Science615  
NSCI6117Advanced Culture Techniques for Applied Science615  
NSCI6118Applied Science Work Placement 2615  
NSCI6119Ecology for Applied Science615  
NSCI6120Biomolecules for Applied Science615  
NSCI6121Process Engineering615  
NSCI6122Molecular Components of Living Organisms615  
NSCI6123Molecular Genetics615  
NSCI6124Computer Applications for Technology615  
NSCI7101Applied Project615NSCI6108 

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in technical positions in a specialised field of science in manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development, or continue onto higher levels of study. Many of our graduates work in laboratories after completing this programme.


Entry criteria

General admission
You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the following:

  1. NCEA Level 2; which must include 30 science credits (including chemistry), 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits
  2. New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)
  3. Relevant equivalent

Special admission
Applicants who are at least 20 years of age on the programme start date for the semester and who do not meet the level of general admission requirements above and who believe that they have the level of preparedness for study at this level may apply for special admission. In assessing whether to grant special admission the primary focus will be on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a likelihood to succeed in the programme. All decisions will be at the discretion of the Relevant Academic Authority.

Discretionary admission
If you do not meet any of the above options and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary admission. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications will be at the discretion of the Relevant Academic Authority.

English language requirements
International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency and are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 6, with no individual band score lower than 5.5 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

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Applied Science pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct 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.

Semester 2 2024

Date: Monday 22 July 2024
Time: 8.30am-1pm
Venue: D1.19, D Block, City Campus

After welcoming you on Campus at pōwhiri, 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
  • 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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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

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