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New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5)

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Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024




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 Study

You'll study six compulsory modules, and get to choose two elective modules.

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

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.

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

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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