Course Overview

This computing course gives you a basic knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems, applications and networks so you can get your IT career off to a strong start.

You'll learn about the main components of a computer; the way they interact; their assembly, disassembly and maintenance; how to troubleshoot common problems; various operating systems; end-user security; and internet-based services. You'll also complete an introduction to computational thinking and basic programming.

If you're keen to further your studies in IT, check out our IT Study Pathways Diagram to see what your IT study journey can look like.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)
Locations Online
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

1 year part-time

Part-time study available

Total credits 60
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $3,292 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Entry level support roles, which may include:

  • Business support
  • Retail roles
  • Some roles in the IT profession under broad guidance

Topics you'll cover

  • Computer Essentials
  • Web Design Essentials
  • Professional Practice
  • System Development

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $3,292 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You are expected to hold:

  • The New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3), appropriate assessments in Digital Technologies Level 2, OR equivalent skills and knowledge

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

This course is for ‘Online’ study by the students; and is self-paced. There is no face-to-face teaching.

Teaching support is provided online in the form of one-on-one or group coaching, skills workshops, mini-lectures and/or tutorials on topics relevant for completing a task.

If you wish to meet with the tutor or a learning facilitator then a drop-in session can be arranged for you. You'll be emailed tutors contact information prior to the start of your course.

Location Campus Start Date
Online Online 22 Jul 2024 Apply Now

Study options

  • 1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • 1 year part-time
  • Part-time study available

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