Certificate in Applied Science

Interested in science but not quite ready to start your university studies or not sure which direction to take? The Certificate in Applied Science gives you a taste of the many options in sciences or related areas.

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

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Minimum entry requirements

If you have New Zealand qualifications

  • 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 Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Calculus, Mathematics or Statistics

If you have qualifications from another country

See entry requirements for students from other countries. Select your country from the dropdown menu.

English language requirements

  • At least IELTS (Academic) of 5.5 overall with all bands 5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

In this certificate you gain a general understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and academic writing skills. This gives you a great foundation for further study in a bachelor's degree.

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More information about the Certificate in Applied Science

Email science.admin.team@aut.ac.nz

Students who started at AUT before 2023

If you started your studies at AUT before 2023, the courses you need to study to complete the requirements for your programme are a little different. You can find the old programme regulations you need to meet on Canvas. Simply log in with your AUT student ID number and password.

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Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$8,435 - $8,465 (for 120 points)
($7,289 - $7,319 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$37,746 (for 120 points)
($36,600 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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