Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme

Participants in this programme are preparing for laboratory careers as technicians progressing to advanced technical roles.  This programme is not intended to prepare people to work in a medical laboratory.  The emphases are on practical work, and on an understanding of the context of that practical work.  Therefore, there will be practice finding and using information, and a project to gain an understanding of laboratory quality systems.  Participants have considerable flexibility in developing specialist knowledge and skills.

This programme is for international and domestic participants.

Duration: 60 weeks plus study breaks

Intake start dates with remaining space:

  • 2019: 28 January 2019, 18 February 2019, 18 March 2019, 29 April 2019, 27 May 2019, 17 June 2019, 15 July 2019, 12 August 2019, 09 September 2019, 07 October 2019

Each intake has only a few spaces available.

Awarded upon successful completion:  People completing this programme will earn two qualifications by doing so.  The New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4) is awarded after successful completion of SCI401 and SCI501, The New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6) is awarded after successful completion of the entire programme,

Post-study work visa: For information, please click here.

Partnering laboratory time: Approximately 740 hours

Promise:

Your fees will not increase while you remain enrolled in this programme.

Costs for Entire Programme:

International NZ$29420 (NZ$19613 for first 120 credits)

Domestic NZ$15645 (NZ$9811 for first 120 credits)

Scholarships are available. 

Please click here for information about other costs.

Entry: Participants must have a typical high school background with some knowledge of chemistry (such as New Zealand's NCEA Level 2 with 15 credits of Level 2 Chemistry) or equivalent knowledge and skills, and demonstrate an understanding of and general suitability for the programme determined by Real World Education's pre-entry process.  International applicants must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or better with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent evidence of English proficiency).

Relationship to other programmes: The content of this programme is essentially the same and the Laboratory Skills Programme, the Laboratory Technician Programme and the Advanced Laboratory Technician Programme combined.

Modules:

Microbiology and Chemistry in a Working Laboratory (SCI401, 45 credits, level 4). This module involves background learning using video-rich interactive lessons, some at-home practice using equipment we send you, and at least 140 hours of practical training at one of our Partnering Laboratories. You will have the opportunity to learn to do procedures the way they are done in professional chemical and microbiological labs, do laboratory calculations, realise when something goes wrong, communicate the way people in labs do, and work safely in laboratories.

 

Context for Laboratory Work (SCI501, 15 credits, level 5). This module is an opportunity to develop skills for finding and using information related to laboratory work. There is no way you can cram every bit of information you might ever need into your head so it is important to be good at finding information when you need it.

 

Advanced Laboratory Work (SCI502, 30 credits, level 5). This module involves background learning using video-rich interactive lessons, some at-home practice using equipment we send you, and at least 260 hours of practical training at one of our Partnering Laboratories. You will have the opportunity to develop the ability to do laboratory work with greater independence, and do things requiring more advanced technical thinking.

 

Laboratory Quality Systems (SCI503, 15 credits, level 5). This module is an opportunity to develop an understanding of the quality systems that well-run laboratories use.

 

Scientific Information Use (SCI601, 15 credits, level 6). This module is a chance to learn how to use specialised sources of information including scientific journal articles.

 

Advanced Laboratory Consideration (SCI602, 60 credits, level 6). This module is a chance to practice advanced technical skills and practice more advanced ways of thinking about laboratory work.