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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7)

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Tuition fees:
1 semester
Start date: Expected February-2021
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Do you have a degree in a subject other than information technology and want to develop your computing skills? Or perhaps you are an IT graduate looking to increase your knowledge in specialist areas?

Either way, this flexible IT programme is the perfect solution and is ideal if you want to study alongside full-time employment. Computing skills are now fundamental life skills and the vast majority of employers will expect a basic familiarity with computers. Enhance your degree and improve your career prospects in your chosen field by developing your computer skills and gaining confidence. Alternatively, use this qualification to focus on specialist areas of IT and strengthen your expertise. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a good understanding of the IT industry. Career possibilities include business computing, technical support, hardware, software, database, web development and much more!

Study in a supportive environment and enjoy the opportunity to integrate part-time learning into your busy schedule. Tailored to suit your needs, create an individual path of study that focuses on your desired outcome. Specialist areas for IT graduates include interactive media, hardware, programming, databases, communications, and business or networks/operating systems. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practice your skills with a range of excellent equipment and applications.

Further study options

Enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Information Technology within New Zealand.

Programme specific risks

You are advised of any specific risks involved in particular areas via course information and these risks may also be discussed during orientation.

You will study

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7) you must complete 60 credits of courses from the qualification structure table, of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 7. The flexibility of the programme design and the expected diversity of individuals with varying intentions means there will inevitably be a range of customised pathways studied. Please make an appointment with the Programme Leader to discuss customised pathways for your study.

Entry criteria

An undergraduate qualification in computing or a related discipline OR a degree-equivalent qualification supported by practical, professional or scholarly experience.

International students must hold a recognised bachelor's degree in computing or a related discipline OR an equivalent qualification supported by practical, professional or scholarly experience.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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

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

Cambridge English Assessments: 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

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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