Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5)

Southern Institute of Technology
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
Study mode
1 year
February July
Tuition fee (local)
Information not available
Tuition fee (foreign)
USD 9,660

Entry Requirements

Application by Academic Qualification

  • A minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects.
  • A minimum of 14 credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework.
  • A minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori, 4 credits must be in Reading and 4 credits must be in Writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards
  • National Certificate in Educational Achievement, NCEA, Level 2 competency in NZQA credits as follows, achievement of 18 credits minimum of Level 2 NZQA units in each of the 4 topics of literacy, numeracy, plus two other topics of choice, or
  • Completion of an external or overseas qualification which is considered to be the equivalent of either of the above qualifications, as approved by the head of faculty.

Application By Mature Entry

  • Applicants in this category will have achieved the age of twenty by March 1 of the first year of enrollment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Special Application

  • Applicants who have successfully completed courses from any equivalent level programmes may be admitted to the Diploma in Information Technology Level 5 programme through cross credit processes.
  • Applicants who have relevant experience in the information technology industry may seek admission to the Diploma in Information Technology Level 5 programme through a Recognition of Prior Learning process. Their experience will be taken into account for the purpose of admission. Where such applicants gain admission, credit may be given for experience relevant to the learning outcomes of particular modules.

Additional Criteria

  • In addition, the following requirements also apply to applicants in all admissions categories.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction to a level deemed appropriate by the head of faculty.  Evidence may include official transcripts and or recognized English test results, such as IELTS and TOEFL. 
  • The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enroll in this programme. If there are more applicants than places available, students will be selected primarily on academic ability.
  • All enrollments in the Diploma in Information Technology Level 5 programme are at the discretion of the Programme Manager and head of faculty as required. Provisional entry may be granted upon the approval of the programme manager.


Core Subjects

  • Fundamentals of Software Development and Design
  • Computer Networks
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Introduction to Academic Skills

Elective Subjects

  • Three of the following papers may be chosen from the list below or from any other programme with permission of programme manager. Papers must be at a minimum level of level 5. 
  • Hardware Skills 
  • Web and Graphic Design I 
  • Business Computing 

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