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Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 5 years

Programme code

CH3880

Starts

February, July

Credits

120

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Domestic

$6,600 - $7,400

International

$21,360

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

Complement your existing degree and open doors to working in innovative ICT settings.

Our full time one year graduate diploma is designed to meet the needs of graduates from a variety of disciplines who do not possess the specific skills necessary to work in ICT industries, but who have already demonstrated the ability to perform at a significant academic level.

This programme offers courses from a wide range of ICT related disciplines including analysis, design, development, implementation and maintenance of business information systems.
You are able to specialise in information systems, web or software development or network administration. Each student will follow a study path that takes into account their prior knowledge and the ICT area they wish to specialize in.
For some students completing the Graduate Diploma over 18 months is recommended.

Career opportunities

With this qualification, jobs in software development, database development, interactive media, enterprise application development, website development, data communications and networking, or computing management are possible depending on the study path you followed.

Study pathways

You may choose to further your study in a number of areas utilising your newfound ICT skills.

For more information on the available Graduate Diploma in ICT pathways, click here .

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree that includes an IT component (minimum 120 credits/points) gained within the last five years (excluding Ara's BICT).

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

For more information on the available Graduate Diploma in ICT pathways, click here. To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.