Start your career as a laboratory technician with the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5).
Locations: Palmerston North
Duration: 1 year, full-time
Dates:19 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 201823 Jul 2018 - 28 Jun 2019
Domestic Fees:*$5,893.50Scholarship info
Compulsory course costs may apply.
* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.
As a graduate of this diploma, you will be able to work with supervision in entry-level positions in science and technology-related fields including manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research and development.
Once qualified, you have the opportunity to become involved in laboratory work and routine operation in a variety of settings.
Science laboratory and field work in:
Bob Stewart was working as a chef when he first considered studying science. Ten years later, he is preparing students for careers as laboratory technicians.
Studying science was a “no-brainer” for Jade Boerboom, who started her job at Lion Dairy and Drinks just one week after she finished studying at UCOL.
Fully resourced science labs including laboratory equipment and materials for biology, microbiology, chemistry and molecular biology and PC laboratories.
NCEA Level 2 with 90 Credits at Level 2 or above. This includes 30 Level 2 credits from Science, Biology or Chemistry, 10 Level 1 Literacy Credits and 10 Level 1 Numeracy Credits.
Entry criteria may also be met by:
For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.
In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.
Academic entry criteriaAt least two academic subjects with a score of 60% or more, and background in at least two science subjects.
English language proficiencyInternational student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.
UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science Level 5 comprises 120 credits.
To optimise chances of success, full attendance is strongly recommended. The availability of a particular elective course is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that course and not all electives may be offered in any given intake.
Application checklistIt will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
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.