Certificate in Science
If you want to study science at university level without having to commit to full-time degree study initially, you might consider the Certificate in Science (CertSc). It is also an option if you want to take a few courses for interest or study part-time.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Certificate. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Science
Science subject (eg, Geography)
Each small block represents a 15-point course. This diagram is an example only - other combinations are possible.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Science.
The Certificate in Science is made up of 60 points at 100 and/or 200-level.
It can be completed full-time, or over one or two years of part-time study.
You can transfer the credit you gain during the Certificate in Science to the Bachelor of Science (and some other degrees), as long as you have not graduated with the certificate.
UC Science graduates find work in a range of different fields and sectors. Depending on your chosen path, you can become anything from a seismologist to a soil technician, a meteorologist to a marine biologist, a psychologist to a policy advisor, a software engineer to a science writer, a forensic analyst to a food technician.
Canterbury’s leading-edge IT sector is facing a shortage of qualified graduates, meaning UC Computer Science graduates are in high demand.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.