Qualification
Graduate Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Primary Science Teaching (Level 7) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP7610

This programme is made up of eight courses from the Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum) and Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Leadership). These courses will give you the confidence to teach and inspire your students about science as well as advocate for science within your school and community. The course material is also appropriate if you are a lower secondary school (Year 9 and 10) teacher. You can choose to enrol directly into this programme or get started with the Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum).

Qualification update

New Students

OP7610 Graduate Diploma in Primary Science Teaching (Level 7) is closed to new students. Please click on the link to find out about other education related qualifications available at Open Polytechnic.

Current Students

All current students will need to be enrolled into their final courses by Trimester 3, 2018.  The programme will be closing after Trimester 1, 2019.

Fee Free Offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. Please refer to the Fee free offer tab below to read the criteria and Terms and Conditions.

  • Level 7  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $4,380 NZ Domestic

    *This qualification is currently being offered fee-free. Administration fee applies, refer to the fee free offer tab.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

This qualification has been developed to:

  • Increase teacher confidence in their science knowledge and understanding
  • Improve capability to respond to science teaching challenges, including bicultural and multicultural contexts, and the changing technological landscape
  • Improve leadership capability to sustain improvements in science teaching and the contribution of science to society.

Workplace learning

All three qualifications have a workplace component. Specific activities in the workplace may include:

  • Compiling and commenting on local curriculum documents, or offering alternatives
  • Critiquing teaching and learning resources
  • Observing /commenting on classroom activities and their outcomes
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating learning experiences
  • Conducting practice-based research
  • Promoting/explaining science and science teaching to colleagues and the community.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

This qualification is internally assessed. Assessment will include journals, portfolios, case studies and assignments.

Information about assessment

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