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Duration (approx) 2100 hours
Qualification Diploma
  • Work in science and technology
  • Start a business 
  • Develop your employment prospects 

The Diploma requires the completion of 21 modules, which includes 100 hours of industry meetings, Research Project I and II.

This course enables you to a gain a more in depth knowledge of science and allows you to focus on areas that are of particular interest to YOU.
A very flexible and interesting qualification.

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Today's world is driven by scientific advancements; and this trend is only becoming more and more significant as the years go by.  
Taking advantage of scientific knowledge requires more than just being a proficient scientist though.
Many graduates (if not most), from university science degrees, have a great deal of difficulty getting jobs they want or finding ways to take proper advantage of the knowledge they learnt in their university studies.
In reality, "learning about science" is only one piece of a big puzzle. This course is a little different to some, in that we try to give you more of the "puzzle pieces" than the "mainstream" courses; and in doing so, increase your opportunities for career success.

Clients... that have completed courses with ACS that we have spoken to, have all been extremely happy. Leanne & myself are more than happy with the assistance we received and the prompt attention."
- Dynamic Workforce Solutions

The Diploma qualification requires the completion of 21 modules, including Research I and II and 100 hr of industry meetings.  

Module Choices

Core Modules –

Research Project I BGN102

Research Project II BGN201

100 hours of Industry Meetings

You need to also choose 12 modules from GROUP 1.

You need to also choose 4 modules from GROUP 2.

Then the remaining 2 modules can be taken from GROUP 1 or GROUP 2.


Statistics BSC304

Biochemistry I

Biochemistry II

Biochemistry III

Botany I

Botany II

Cell Biology

Biopsychology I

Biopsychology II



Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy II

Human Physiology II

Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Animal Husbandry II (Health)

Animal Husbandry III (Animal Feed and Nutrition)

Plant Breeding

Human Nutrition I

Human Nutrition II

Human Nutrition III

Sports Nutrition

Children’s Nutrition

Soil Management

Earth Science

Plant Ecology

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Waste Management

Machinery and Equipment

Engineering Applications

Horticulture I

Horticulture II

Horticulture III

Plant Pathology


Marine Studies I

Marine Studies II

Vertebrate Zoology

Wildlife Management

Animal Behaviour

Alternative Energy

Healthy Buildings I

Healthy Buildings II

Writing a Website (HTML)


Flash MX

Visual Basic.Net

Computer Servicing I

Computer Servicing II

Computer Servicing III

Digital Photography

Photographic Technology


Research Project III

Research Project IV

Project Management

Freelance Writing

Technical Writing

Business Studies

E Commerce


Business Planning

Instructional Skills

Professional Practice For Consultants


What you learn through ACS Applied Science Studies
An ACS Certificate or Diploma in Applied Science is designed to provide foundation knowledge beyond secondary education, but with a greater relevance to the practical workplace than academic type university studies. Our qualifications can also be used to bridge the gap between a specific qualification and the needs of a certain position. For example, whilst an irrigation equipment salesperson might be qualified in sales, they might choose to study a Certificate in Applied Science with a major in horticulture to give them that “foundation knowledge” that will allow them to answer those difficult questions from clients. A qualified nurse might take a Certificate in Applied Science with a major in nutrition to increase their ability to advise patients on dietary changes as part of an overall treatment program.

Employment Opportunities
Getting a job in today’s world is determined not only by the sort of qualification you have, but also your personality, presentation, attitude, experience, interests, and ability to adapt to new challenges.

With an ACS qualification in Applied Science, you are better prepared to enter a science oriented” workplace, learn faster on the job, and become a more useful employee within a shorter period of time.

There are in fact fewer jobs today (per capita) that require a degree than there were in the past. Despite this, today more than in the past, employers do tend to seek certain specific knowledge and skills in employees.

What do Employers Think?
A qualification that has required hard work to attain will be an indication to an employer that you have a certain level of drive and commitment.

An understanding of the industry and discipline which the job encompasses will indicate that you are more likely to learn faster and become useful to the employer sooner. We design our courses with these things in mind.

Where Might a Certificate or Diploma Lead?
  • Certificates are generally going to lead you to being an “assistant” of some kind. Whilst it varies, assistants in the field of science might become employed as laboratory assistants and technical assistants.
Diplomas generally offer the possibility of a position of greater responsibility (although some diploma graduates might never move beyond an assistant position). People with Diplomas might become Technical Officers, Technical Advisors, Freelance Consultants (in some fields), and Technical Sales Managers.








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Meet some of our academics

Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

Check out our eBooks

Animal HealthUnderstand animal health issues, diseases and how identify and manage illnesses and injuries. Animals can become sick for many different reasons -diseases caused by infections, injuries, poisoning, genetic disorders, poor nutrition and other things.
Professional WritingProfessional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on.
Commercial HydroponicsThe Commercial Hydroponics ebook is ideal for students, professional horticulturalists and those who want to build a strong foundation knowledge in hydroponics. The commercial hydroponics ebook explains how to set up a commercial hydroponics system, including growing techniques and equipment that you will need. The topics covered in this book include an introduction to hydroponics, site considerations, alternatives, plant nutrition, nutrient film technique culture, rockwool culture, aggregate culture, other techniques, hydroponics equipment, greenhouse operation, plant culture in hydroponics, Vegetable crops, berry and other fruit crops, flower crops, other crops, managing a commercial hydroponic farm and a troubleshooting guide.
Project ManagementThis ebook is designed to help improve your capacity to manage any type of project in any type of industry. It may be read as a stand- alone book; used as something to refer to during the process of managing projects, or used as a complementary reference to help enhance the overall learning experience when studying a project management course.