Advanced Certificate in Applied Sciences

Study applied sciences online. Understand the application of chemistry, human biology, animal biology and plant biology in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science and other fields.

Course CodeVSC032
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Become a Science All-rounder

This unique course is designed to develop scientific knowledge and skills which can be applied in many settings and are in demand in today's world.

It is a unique study program designed for people wishing to work in, or already working in, science-related jobs who would like to further their knowledge and understanding in sciences, to improve employability and career progress.



A study program for people wishing to work or already working in science related jobs. This course can serve to further your knowledge and understanding, improve employment options, broaden your professional career, or act as a stepping stone to longer study program.

This course is different to many others, because it goes well beyond just teaching you basic scientific knowledge.  It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with a scientists, academics, technicians in a variety of science disciplines.  This contact and networking with professionals in the field will provide the basis for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to changes as your career moves forward.

You can direct your studies to your current area of expertise, or chose a new direction for yourself.  You can also have your study program as focused or as broad as you need it to be.

For this course of study it is recommended to complete 8 modules, including Research I and II, plus 100 hr of industry meetings.

List of Modules

At least six modules should be taken from the Group 1 and one from Group 2, and the remaining module to be taken from either group.

For detailed outlines (of most modules) click on the module on the list below.

Group 1

 Group 2

What you learn through ACS Applied Science Studies

This course of study is designed to provide you with:

  • A foundation of scientific knowledge;

  • An awareness of scientific applications in the workplace.

  • A capacity to seek out, comprehend and apply scientific knowledge wherever you need to.

The course is an "experiential based" learning program that gets you involved with the "real world". Through practical tasks, research, observation and networking; you are guided to develop not only knowledge of science, but also "understanding", "awareness" and the right "attitude" that is needed to build either a sustainable career or business.
The course offers lots of opportunity for you to "specialize", choosing a combination of "electives" that give you a very unique mix of skills; for instance:

  • a sales person in irrigation or gardening equipment and supplies might design a study program of Science focused on horticulture, to improve their ability to advise clients.

  • a nurse may design their study program in Applied Science to focus on 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 study you have done, but also your personality, presentation, attitude, experience, interests, and ability to adapt to new challenges.

With an ACS study program 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. More people today are "self employed" than in the past. In some countries, 70% of all jobs are in self employment. This situation is being driven by scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes, and ongoing changes as your career moves forward. 

What do Employers Think?
A study program 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 Study in Applied Science Lead?

  • Study in this area can 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.

  • This course of study offers the possibility of a position of greater responsibility. People who undertake this study pogram might become Technical Officers, Technical Advisors, Freelance Consultants (in some fields), and Technical Sales Managers.



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