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Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Environment)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
400 credit hours
Start date: 01-November-2021
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
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If you're passionate about the environment, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication and Environment will help you make a difference. This double major will give you the strategic understanding and communication skills needed to analyse and report on environmental issues in both the private and public sectors.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • analyse and use information logically
  • write concisely and clearly
  • communicate effectively at personal, group and organisational levels
  • analyse, address and offer practical solutions to complex communication issues
  • understand organisational dynamics
  • recognise and analyse the causes of environmental problems facing New Zealand and the global community
  • apply environmental principles and legislation to practical situations involving the protection and use of natural resources
  • use policy and management approaches to resolve environmental problems
  • identify and implement effective actions to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for roles in resource management, policy analysis, planning, research management, corporate communication, consultancy, environmental education, auditing and advocacy.

Study pathways

We offer a range of certificates and diplomas in communication and psychology that you may be able to achieve on your way towards a Bachelor of Applied Science.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have one of the following: New Zealand University Entrance

Hold a New Zealand Certificate or Diploma qualification considered appropriate by the Programme Leader, or equivalent.

If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

IELTS test – a score of 6 (Academic) with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for Schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.


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