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New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4)

Level 4

Help keep New Zealand at the forefront of scientific research, product development and testing with the New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4).

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Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 6 months, full-time

Dates:
20 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$3,174.10Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$10,100.00

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Gain the skills you need to assist in routine sampling, field work, laboratory work and routine operation in a variety of settings.

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge and experience needed to work supervising in entry-level positions in science and technology-related fields including manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4) will be able to:

  • Apply scientific principles
  • Collect and examine scientific data
  • Contribute collaboratively to a team in the workplace
  • Apply relevant health and safety principles relevant to the workplace

There are job opportunities working in laboratories and undertaking field work in manufacturing, regulatory industries, and research and development.

 


To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Science Technicians.


Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:


Student & Staff Profiles

Domestic Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for students is NCEA Level 1 with 100 credits at Level 1 or above.  This includes 15 Level 2 credits from Science, Biology or Chemistry, 10 Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Level 1 Numeracy credits.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.


Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 4) comprises 60 credits. There is no work experience component.

It is strongly recommended that all applicants, especially those over twenty years of age who do not have the minimum entry qualifications or recent experience of study, seek advice from the Head of School for Science before enrolment about the nature of the programme in relation to their own skills and experience.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science Level 4 of approximately $90.00:

Uniform
  • Covered foot wear
  • Hair net or hair ties
Stationery
  • Scientific calculator
  • Stationery (pens, pencils, ruler, paper etc)

Course Information

Compulsory

  • Professional Skills in Science 1
  • Making sense of Data
  • Bioscience in Industry 1

Electives

  • Introduction to Science and the Environment
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Practical Skills in ICT
  • Introduction to programming


Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4) supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • National Diploma in Science

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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