Programme overview

This programme is now open for applications.

You will gain internationally-relevant skills and knowledge, which are transferable across a range of disciplines  within IT and which are essential for working in a number of entry level support roles.

Improve your computer literacy and problem-solving skills. Learn in small, interactive groups and further your knowledge of current software applications. Gain the transferable skills and knowledge to work in a range of entry-level support roles in an organisation; including business support or retail roles, and some roles in the IT profession.

This program replaces the programme: Certificate in Information Technology.


  • Preparation for further study in the Bachelor of Computing Systems and the New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5)
  • A good mix of practical and theory-based learning
  • Flipped classroom model: class time will primarily be used for planning, problem-solving, hands-on experimentation, discussion, and feedback. Students will be encouraged to use time outside the classroom for individual reflection and researching topics and ideas.
  • Extra maths support: if you need help with maths we provide extra tutorials

Admission requirements

Pending NZQA approval.

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A minimum of 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 in two different subjects, one subject must be Numeracy
  2. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
  3. A minimum of 4 years secondary education
  4. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA level 1 in English 
  5. If you’re an International student and English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.5 (with no band score less than 5.0)
    • TOEFL score of no less than 530 (essay 4.5 TWE) 

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide a relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or:
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.

Information Technology Foundations (HTCS4601) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will introduce students to the essential knowledge and concepts of computer hardware and software resources, applications, database, and user-experience needed to provide organisations with IT support.
Web Design Foundations (HTCS4602) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces students to the essential knowledge and concepts of user interface design and web application development needed to contribute to team development of web sites.
Web Application Project (HTCS4603) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)This course will further develop the student’s knowledge and concepts of user interface design and web application development needed to participate in team development of web applications.