New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Natural and Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified




1 Year

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide individuals with broad theoretical and technical knowledge within a range of natural and physical sciences for employment or education.

The qualification will also identify for the science-related sectors of Aotearoa New Zealand those employees who are able to self-manage, be responsible, and support leadership in the manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research, and development.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

NCEA Level 2, which must include: 30 credits in science (including chemistry) AND 10 Literacy credits AND 10 Numeracy credits OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Applied Science or Medical Imaging Pathways that include CSCP404 Applied Maths OR New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4) or equivalent OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency. Additional Requirement: For the Pre-Analytical Technician pathway students are required to be concurrently employed in a Patient Services or Phlebotomy trainee role English Requirement: IELTS 5.5 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any subtest)

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,433 $7,433
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$10,362 $10,362
Total $17,794 $17,794

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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