Certificate in Applied Science

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If you’re keen on science but not yet sure which direction to take, or are not ready to start a degree course, this certificate gives you a taste of the many options offered at AUT. The Certificate in Applied Science is a foundation programme, developed through consultation with industry representatives. It’s designed to help you reach a high level of scientific competence and prepare you for degree study in sciences or health science.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK1018
Level: 4
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: City Campus
Fees: General Course fees and Additional fees
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • Preferred school subjects: Mathematics, Science
  • In 2018, preference will be given to applicants with at least 12 credits at Level 2 in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science, and 12 credits at Level 2 in one or more subjects from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Maori, Te Reo Rangatiria, or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics.
  • English language requirements

What this qualification covers

You gain a general understanding of foundation studies in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Communication.

Completion Requirements

To qualify for the Certificate in Applied Science, a student must achieve 120 points with at least 45 points at level 4 or above.

Recommended study plan

The School of Science recommends study plan as below:

Semester 1:
ECOL401 Foundation Ecology
SCIE401 Foundation Biophysics

Plus 2 papers from LIST A

Semester 2:
HUMB401 Foundation Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL401 Foundation Biology
CHEM401 Foundation Chemistry

Plus 1 paper from LIST A

COMM401 Introduction to Academic Writing (available in Semester 1 and 2)
MATH400 Foundation Mathematics (available in Semester 1 and 2)
STAT400 Foundation Statistics (available in Semester 1 and 2)

LIST B (must be approved by programme leader)
MATH401 Foundation Algebra (available in Semester 1 and 2)
STAT500 Applied Statistics; Prerequisite STAT400 (available in Semester 1 and 2)
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry; Prerequisite CHEM401 (available in Semester 1)
ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution; Prerequisite ECOL401 (available in Semester 2)
BIOL502 Plants and Animals; Prerequisite BIOL401 (available in Semester 1)

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment in a science-related industry at an entry level position, such as a laboratory assistant or trainee. This foundation programme can also prepare you for undergraduate study in sciences or health science.

Further studies

Last updated: 20-Feb-2018 7.39am

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