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Applied Science 6

New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)


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.


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 Applied Science 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 at least seven elective modules totalling a minimum of 120 credits. Of the 120 credits, a minimum of 75 credits must be at Level 6 or above.

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
SCIE607Work Placement for Applied Science615At least 2 Applied Science modules level 6. This module can be taken only in the last semester of studies, unless approved otherwise by Programme Coordinator


​​Group B: Elective Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
FSCB601Food Microbiology for Applied Science615
CHEM601Analytical Chemistry for Applied Science615CHEM501; SCIE502 
SCIE601Sensory Evaluation for Applied Science615  
FSCB602Food Chemistry for Applied Science615CHEM501; CHEM502
SCIE602Environmental Assessment for Applied Science615CHEM501; CHEM502; BIOL501; MICR501 

Quality Assurance and Statistics

for Applied Science

SCIE604Molecular Methodologies for Applied Science615BIOL501; CHEM502 
ECOL601Ecology for Applied Science615BIOL501 
SCIE605Conservation and Biosecurity for Applied Science615ECOL601 
SCIE606Process Engineering for Applied Science615PHYS501 
CHEM501Chemistry for Applied Science515  
BIOL501Biology for Applied Science515  
MICR501Microbiology for Applied Science515  
CHEM502Organic Chemistry for Applied Science515  
FSCB501Food & Nutrition for Applied Science515  
SCIE504Environmental Issues515  
PHYS501Physics for Applied Science515  
 Any other approved 15 credit module5 or 615  



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

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

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5);
  • 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 6.0 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; 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

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