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Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

Hamilton , Waikato ,New Zealand

New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 3)

This programme is a starting point for those interested in a career in science and/or engineering. This programme provides a pathway for entry into higher level science programmes, or to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, for those students who don’t already meet the academic entry requirements.

Students will study one compulsory module ‘Professional Skills in Applied Science 1’, then choose a context and modules from one of two contexts – Applied Science or Engineering.

On completion of this programme graduates can progress on to further study in Applied Science 5, or graduates from the engineering context will be able to go on to further study in engineering.

Science context

Besides learning theory, students will go on fieldtrips, for example:

  • To a native tree nursery to learn about eco-sourcing and eco-restoration
  • To Lake Ngaroto to investigate plant and animal communities in a scrub ecosystem
  • To a local dog handler who trains and works dogs that detect American Foul Brood in bee hives
  • To Waikato Valley Chocolate factory to learn about food processing

They will also take part in in-class/on campus practical lab work, including:

  • Testing the anti-bacterial action of honey
  • Honey sensory lab
  • Native tree identification
  • Testing physical and chemical properties of soil samples and identifying invertebrates collected on a field trip
  • Fieldwork sampling techniques

Engineering context

Students will learn theory, and get to carry out investigations in the lab, including experiments on centroids and using Hook’s law.

In the physics module, students will look at a wide range of topics, and investigations will include experiments on gravitational constants, energy, magnetism, electricity and optics. 

Hamilton City Campus


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
14 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30