Secondary Tertiary Programmes (STP)

Secondary Tertiary Programmes (STP) were created to provide an alternative pathway for young people to gain qualifications and skills. The programmes are normally run in 1 to 2 semesters and the students are able to study towards a nationally transferable qualifications that open up future study and employment opportunities.

INTRODUCTION TO STEM (Health Science)

This 13 credit programme will enable students to acquire knowledge and associated practical skills in laboratory technology and apply knowledge practically in haematology, histology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Course Structure

CLINICAL BIOLOGY – Term 1
Microbiology

  • Overview, pathological and commensal organisms
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Antibiotic testing and modes of action
  • Genetics and human manipulation of genetic material and the consequences

Histology

  • Overview preparing tissues for observation
  • Diagnostics techniques of fixation, processing and staining
  • Observation and microscopy

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY – Term 2
Clinical Chemistry

  • Basics of biochemistry and chemistry
  • Instrumental analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis

Haematology

  • Blood morphology
  • Blood count
  • Haemostasis

Assessment: Achievement Standards

CLINICAL BIOLOGY
Unit No: 91604 Level: 3 Credits: 3
Description: Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment

Unit No: 91607 Level: 3 Credits: 3
Description: Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications
CLINICAL CHEMISTRY
Unit No: 91387 Level: 3 Credits: 4
Description: Carry out an investigation in chemistry involving quantitative analysis

Unit No: 91388 Level: 3 Credits: 3
Description: Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry

This course can lead to:

  • Level 3 NZ Certificate in Applied Science
  • Diploma in Applied Science
  • Diploma in Conservation and Environmental Management
  • Bachelor of Technology (Food Technology or Environmental Science strands)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)
  • Careers in all fields which require a logical problem solving approach

Dates: Terms 1 – 2 (Semester 1)
Time: 9.00 am – 3:00 pm
Course length: 20 weeks (once a week) or 10 weeks per Term
Minimum of 10 and Maximum of 15 students
Cost: $70 plus GST per student, per day

This course is held at Raumanga Campus, Whangarei.

Course schedule:
Term 1 - Clinical Biology - AS 91604 and 91607
Term 2 - Clinical Chemistry - AS 91387 and 91388

Students may opt for either Clinical Biology (term 1) or Clinical Chemistry (term 2) only.

Open to Y13 students only. (Y12 may be accepted subject to tutor’s assessment and approval).