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Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)
Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6)

  • ID:CPIT640008
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirement

  • New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 5 or equivalent

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 6.0 academic: speaking 5.5, reading 5.5, writing 5.5, listening 5.5.

Course Information

Gain in-demand skills for the fast-evolving commercial science and science laboratory sectors.

A Level 6 diploma such as this is the minimum required for work in a modern science laboratory. Science laboratories are part of a fast-evolving commercial science sector which encompasses businesses operating in food production, manufacturing and environmental management. The diploma can also lead to entry-level employment in medical laboratories.

This programme covers a range of science-related learning with a strong commercial focus. It combines seven mandatory courses in the areas of science, information literacy, quality management and project management, along with optional courses that enable you to tailor your programme to your specific area of interest.

You'll gain a sound understanding of the technology used in applied science workplaces and increase your knowledge in chemistry, microbiology and molecular biology in workplace contexts. You'll also learn about legislative compliance needed in complex work situations, for example workplace safety and hazardous substance management.

A 120-hour work placement will enable you to apply your classroom learning into a workplace context and gain essential real-world skills.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • With the skills gained through this programme you'll be ready to start your career as an entry-level technician
  • providing essential oversight of manufacturing processes, making sure the product is safe, compliant
  • and meets specification.
  • You'll work alongside engineering and process management personnel as a respected professional with KTP (key technical person) status and opportunities to advance your career.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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