Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation


Subject area

Marine Science

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements:

Applicants under 20 years old require:
Achievement of NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) including:
- A minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects
- A minimum of 10 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori made up of:
5 credits in reading 5 credits in writing
A minimum of s10 credits at Level 1 or above in Numeracy, made up of:
achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards
(26623, 26626, 26627- all three required)
for the list of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 standards that contribute to University Entrance requirements, please visit the NZQA website
- Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3
- A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above
Applicants Over 20:
For applicants 20 years or over there are no minimum academic requirements. However, applicants will need to provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The Manager Maritime will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation programme.

English Language Requirements;
All applicants must have a standard of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English must have:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), issued within the last two years
The equivalent

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for school leavers, those working in the aquaculture industry and those wanting to enter the aquaculture industry who wish to gain an aquaculture specific vocational science degree. It will provide a systematic and coherent introduction to aquaculture and its relationship with the marine environment. It will support the achievement of sustainable growth in the aquaculture sector.
Graduates will have the specialised knowledge and practical skills along with the ability to adapt and apply them in a professional aquaculture context enabling them to work as research and development technicians or in technical and supervisory roles on a pathway to management in the aquaculture industry.
Students will be equipped with the personal attributes, specialised knowledge and professional technical skills required to make an immediate and valuable contribution to the aquaculture industry of New Zealand or internationally.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Biological Sciences at this level can earn:


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 422 733
Phone: (03) 546 9175
Fax: (03) 546 3325

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