Certificate in Science and Technology

The one-year Certificate in Science and Technology gives you an introduction to the main areas involved in studying engineering, or computer or mathematical sciences.

Papers cover mathematics, physics, engineering science and academic literacy. It’s a great pathway to gain a taste of university life and develop the knowledge and study skills for further study at bachelor’s level.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1311
Level: 4
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: City Campus and South Campus
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

There are limited places available. AUT encourages early application. 

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed secondary schooling to at least year 12, including:

  • NCEA: 48 credits at level 2 or higher and
    8 credits at level 1 or higher in any one of Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff

English language requirements

If English or Māori is not your first language you are required to have an Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band. For more details, please read about our English Language Requirements.

Selection criteria

  • Interview may be required.
  • The course of study of every applicant is subject to the approval of the programme leader. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants with:
    NCEA: 12 credits at level 2 or higher in Mathematics, and eight credits at level 2 or higher in at least one language rich subject


You will complete one core paper: Academic Literacies. This paper is designed to develop your academic study skills including written and spoken communication, time management and information literacy.

LSKL401 Academic Literacies (15 points)

COMP400 Foundation Programming (15 points)
COMP401 Foundation Problem Solving (15 points)
ENGE400 Introduction to Engineering (15 points)
LSKL403 Tertiary English and Critical Thinking (15 points)
MATH400 Foundation Mathematics (15 points)
MATH401 Foundation Algebra (15 points)
MATH402 Foundation Calculus (15 points)
PHYS400 Foundation Physics A (15 points)
PHYS401 Foundation Physics B (15 points)
STAT400 Foundation Statistics (15 points)
or any other paper relevant to the student's programme of study and approved by the programme leader.

For more information, email: certst@aut.ac.nz

Further study

Students who complete this programme successfully can apply for bachelor's degrees in engineering, computer and mathematical sciences.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Last updated: 18-May-2017 8.46am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.