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Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5)

Hands on learning to develop your skills in creating programmes, web pages, networks and databases.  Your stepping stone to the Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6).

This programme is changing in 2017 to the New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5), which is currently subject to NZQA approval. Please check back soon for updated programme content.​

Programme Overview

The papers outlined for this programme are practical with an emphasis on successfully applying knowledge and skills to solve real problems.

Programme Outline

The Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5) requires the successful completion of 120 credits
(8 papers). 

It draws from a range of compulsory and optional computing, business and interpersonal courses within the Bachelor of Information Technology programme. Approximately 60 per cent of the courses are practical with an emphasis on successfully applying knowledge and skills to solve real problems.

Diploma in Information Technology Level 5

Paper #




Communication Studies (Compulsory)



Aim - To introduce students to major developments in Information Technology in New Zealand. To introduce students to the theories, principles and practical skills associated with effective communication in relation to Information Technology contexts.

International Students - IELTS 6.0


Fundamentals of Data Models and Databases (Compulsory)



Aim - To introduce students to the concepts of data models and databases



Fundamentals of Software Design and Development (Compulsory)



Aim - To provide students with an understanding of computer software through the study of logic methods, software development and documentation methods, and give experience in using simple programming language elements. To understand concepts of systems theory, the stages of the systems development life cycle, and concepts in systems analysis and design.






Aim - To introduce students to fundamental programming skills. To provide an opportunity to develop and maintain applications in a commonly used programming language.



Mathematics for Information Technology (Compulsory)



Aim - To introduce students to the concepts of discrete mathematics that are fundamental to Information Technology.



The Information Technology Environment (Compulsory)



Aim - To introduce students to fundamental business concepts and principles, and how these relate to the Information Technology industry. To provide students with grounding in legal, ethical and professional issues related to the Information Technology industry and to enable them to make decisions according to accepted standards.



Fundamentals of Networking



Aim - To introduce students to the fundamental concepts and principles of computer networking systems administration. To provide an understanding of networking and data communications principles, and enable students to experience installation and troubleshooting of networks.



Introduction to Operating Systems



Aim - To introduce the underlying principles, evolution and the implementation of operating systems. To provide an opportunity to gain experience in using operating system instructions.


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Entry Requirements

Students under 20 years of age:

  • A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA level 3 made up of 14 credits in each of two approved subject areas with a further 14 credits taken from no more than two other approved subject areas PLUS a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics/Pangarau and a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 in English/Te Reo Maori with 4 credits in reading and writing.
  • Or completion of the Certificate in Information Technology

Students over 20 years of age:

  • Either meet the academic undergraduate degree requirements or equivalent; or provide evidence of success in recent tertiary level study.
  • Previous work and life experience will be taken into account for mature students.
  • Each application will be assessed on its merits and entrance will be granted at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

International Students: Qualifications equivalent to New Zealand university entrance and IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Further Study Options

 Continue your study and graduate with Bachelor of Information Technology.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be useful and productive in the business computing area, adaptable to change and capable of specialisation.​​​​

Campus Starts on Duration
Porirua 2017: 13 February, 17 July One year full-time; part-time options available
Auckland City 2017: 7 February, 29 May, 11 September One year full-time; part-time options available

Domestic Fees: $6,457 (per year)

International Fees: $19,950 NZD (per year)


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

42 credits at NCEA Level 3, 14 credits in Level 1 Mathematics/Pāngarau and minimum 4 credits, Level 2 in reading/writing or equivalent study/work experience. 
Students over 20yrs of age - special admission

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

Career Opportunities:

Help desk, PC support, network administrator, trainee programmer, junior computer salesperson

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