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Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 21-February-2022
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Complement your existing degree and open doors to working in innovative ICT settings.

Our full time one year graduate diploma is designed to meet the needs of graduates from a variety of disciplines who do not possess the specific skills necessary to work in ICT industries, but who have already demonstrated the ability to perform at a significant academic level.

This programme offers courses from a wide range of ICT related disciplines including analysis, design, development, implementation and maintenance of business information systems.

You are able to specialise in information systems, web or software development or network administration. Each student will follow a study path that takes into account their prior knowledge and the ICT area they wish to specialize in.

Career opportunities

With this qualification, jobs in software development, cyber security, database development, interactive media, enterprise application development, website development, data communications and networking, or computing management are possible depending on the study path you followed. Part-time up to 5 years. In-demand IT careers include:

App Developer, Database Administrator, Web Developer, Video Game Designer, IT Helpdesk Technician, Network Administrator, IT Security Specialist, DevOps Engineer, Cloud Engineer, Network Architect, Computer Scientist, Systems Analyst, IT Project Manager, Programmer, Software Engineer and Cyber Security Operations.

Study pathways

The main pathways for the Graduate Diploma in ICT are:

Software Development

Information Systems

Networking & Infrastructure

Cyber Security

Combining with Business or Applied Management specialism like Project Management can unlock further career pathways and high-level management jobs in tech.

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree in an IT related field (excluding Ara's BICT).

Alternative requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42


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