Certificate in Science and Technology

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This one-year certificate prepares you for entry into degree level study. The programme is designed for school leavers who need University Entrance or additional credits for entry into specific bachelor’s degrees. It is also a good option if you’re returning to study and want to develop your study skills. It’s a great programme to gain a taste of university life and develop the knowledge and study skills for further study at bachelor’s level.

There are four pathways:

  • Computing – leading to the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Design Technologies (South Campus only) – leading to the Bachelor of Design
  • Engineering – leading to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Engineering Technology
  • Mathematics – leading to the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

Papers cover mathematics, physics, engineering science, design principles and academic literacy. If you’re in the Design Technologies pathway you also spend time developing your portfolio of design work (required for entry into the Bachelor of Design).

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1311
Level: 4
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: City and South Campus
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

There are limited places available. AUT encourages early application.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed secondary schooling to at least year 12, including:

  • NCEA: 48 credits at level 2 or higher and
    8 credits at level 1 or higher in any one of Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff

English language requirements

If English or Māori is not your first language you need an Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band. For more details read about our English language requirements.

Selection criteria

  • Interview may be required
  • Prior to enrolment you need to attend literacy and numeracy tests so we can confirm your paper enrolments
  • Preference will be given to applicants with:
    NCEA: 12 credits at level 2 or higher in Mathematics, and eight credits at level 2 or higher in at least one language rich subject
  • The course of study of every applicant is subject to the approval of the programme leader.


All students complete one core Academic Literacies paper. This paper is designed to develop your academic study skills including written and spoken communication, time management and information literacy. Your other papers will be chosen to complement your pathway and the entry requirements of your proposed future degree studies.  For example, engineering students will focus on physics and mathematics; design students will study design techniques and principles while developing a portfolio of design work; and computing students will cover mathematics, problem solving and programming.


LSKL401 Academic Literacies (15 points)

A further 7 papers or 105 points are then selected from the following list depending on your chosen pathway.


DESN400 Foundation Design Principles (15 points)
DESN401 Foundation Design Technologies (15 points)
COMP400 Foundation Programming (15 points)
COMP401 Foundation Problem Solving (15 points)
ENGE400 Introduction to Engineering (15 points)
LSKL403 Tertiary English and Critical Thinking (15 points)
MATH400 Foundation Mathematics (15 points)
MATH401 Foundation Algebra (15 points)
MATH402 Foundation Calculus (15 points)
MATH403 Foundation Maths and Design (15 points)
PHYS400 Foundation Physics A (15 points)
PHYS401 Foundation Physics B (15 points)
STAT400 Foundation Statistics (15 points)

Or any other papers that are relevant to your programme of study, which will be discussed with you before approval by the programme leader.

For more information, email: certst@aut.ac.nz

Further study

Students who complete this programme successfully can apply for bachelor's degrees in design, engineering, and computer and mathematical sciences.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Last updated: 02-Oct-2017 9.07am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.