Graduate Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Primary Science Teaching (Level 7)

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).

More information on the Graduate Certificate in Primary Teaching (Curriculum) is available here.

The Graduate Certificate in Primary Teaching (Leadership) is also available.

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • 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

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2017 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • 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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