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Certificate in Applied Science

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 28-February-2022
Auckland University of Technology
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The Certificate in Applied Science gives you a taste of the many options in AUT’s School of Science.

The Certificate in Applied Science is designed to help you develop the academic and study skills for study at bachelor’s degree level. This certificate prepares you for the Bachelor of Science. Graduates are also prepared for employment in entry-level positions in science-related industries, including laboratory assistant or trainee roles.

What you study

In this certificate you gain a general understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and academic writing skills. You need to complete 120 points, including at least 45 points at level 4 or above.

We recommend the following study plan:

Semester 1 papers

  • ECOL401 Foundation Ecology
  • SCIE401 Foundation Biophysics

And two papers from the papers listed below

Semester 2 papers

  • CHEM401 Foundation Chemistry
  • BIOL401 Foundation Biology
  • HUMB401 Foundation Human Anatomy and Physiology

And one paper from the papers listed below

Choose three papers from

  • COMM401 Introduction to Academic Writing
  • MATH400 Foundation Mathematics
  • STAT400 Foundation Statistics
  • CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry*
  • ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution*
  • BIOL502 Plants and Animals*
  • MATH401 Foundation Algebra*
  • STAT500 Applied Statistics*

*This paper must be approved by the programme leader. Prerequisites may apply. Not all of these papers are available in both semesters.

Entry criteria

Completion of Year 12 or equivalent

At least 12 credits at level 2 in one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science; and
At least 12 credits at level 2 from one or more subjects from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, Art History, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo M?ori, Te Reo Rangatira, Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Calculus, Mathematics or Statistics.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher; or equivalent; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with C/C+ grade; TOEFL iBT score of 70; GIE with C+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 162; PTE minimum overall score of 42.


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