Bachelor of Applied Science (Laboratory Science)


Subject area

Natural and Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

Under 20 years of age applicants:

Applicants under the age of 20 years must have University Entrance, including 30 credits at NCEA Level 2 from Science, Biology or Chemistry.
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
Provisional enrolment
In accordance with Section 2.7.
Provisional enrolment is defined by NZQA as being Discretionary Entrance and includes the following clauses:

Discretionary enrolment may be granted to those applicants under the age of 20 who:
* Are New Zealand or Australian citizens and permanent residents under 20 years of age
* Must have a minimum of 14 credits in an approved subject at Level 2 towards NCEA
* Must also have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance

Applicants 20 years of age or over:
A person having reached the age of 20 years before the first day of the programme in the year for which admission is sought, is not required to meet any of the academic qualifications above. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements, will be required to attend a conversation, as set out in the advice and guidance section. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss their career goals, reasons for study, choice of study, possible challenges, and the support that is available for them at UCOL.

International applicants:
In addition to the above, the minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

In addition to this international applications under the age of 20 must have University Entrance equivalency (refer to Business Development International).

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of this degree programme is to provide students with hands-on applied knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes that will enable graduates to meet the requirements for a career in laboratory science.

The programme will build capability for strategic thinking and analysis in order to provide well-rounded, work-ready graduates who have experienced the realities of a workplace during their programme, where they can apply advanced knowledge and theories to practice in real life situations.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Other Natural and Physical Sciences at this level can earn:


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 952 7000
Fax: (06) 952 7023

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