Course Overview

This practical, environmental science course includes field trips to some beautiful and remote parts of New Zealand. 

There, you'll look at the challenges facing New Zealand's clean, green image. What needs to be done to protect our world-famous environment?

You’ll learn about the biology and ecology of living species and habitats.

Out in the field, you'll develop surveying skills in remote areas while gaining real life hands-on experience. Plus, you'll explore conservation issues and examine strategies to protect the environment.

Environmental sustainability is also a focus. The knowledge gained from the course will help you to create sustainable practices within New Zealand.

This course is designed as an entry to the Level 6 diploma, where you'll gain more advanced skills and knowledge. It includes a focus on research design and environmental and ecological reporting. You’ll also choose elective papers in biosecurity or aquaculture.

By the time you graduate you’ll have gained a variety of practical and risk management skills, and if you want to gain a degree, these diplomas are your ticket into the third year of either the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management) or a Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Biodiversity) with the University of Waikato.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Terrestrial) (Level 5)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Feb 2025 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,989 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

This course is designed as entry to the Level 6 diploma. By completing the Level 6 diploma, students gain employment in a number of exciting areas, including:

  • environmental education - national and international
  • roles within the Department of Conservation (DOC)
  • environmental consultancy work
  • environmental monitoring
  • resource consenting
  • iwi liaison
  • specialised research projects
  • environmental reporting

Topics you'll cover

The papers you'll study within this diploma include:

Plus choose one of the following:

Exciting news – if, once you’ve finished this course you continue on to our NZ Dip Environmental Management Level 6, you’ll now have the option to study Tropical Ecology and Monitoring which includes a field trip to the Galapagos Island or Namibia! Find out more.

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,989 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

If you are a domestic applicant under the age of 20, you must have:

  • a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent (suggested subjects are English, Mathematics and Biology/Sciences)

If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.

Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

Other Considerations

You must have the ability to complete the physical requirements of the course.

English language requirements

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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