DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 5 years
Annual Fees(indicative 2019)
Domestic$6,600 - $7,250
Course related costsAdvised before enrolment
Domestic Applications due
|Received all year|
International Applications due
|20 January for February start; 23 June for July start|
|Christchurch - Madras Street|
About this programme
Advance your existing skills in computing and broaden your employment opportunities in this fast-evolving field.
Our IT industry partners have significant input into the structure and content of this programme to ensure that what is being taught continually meets industry needs.
The first year covers a broad range of ICT topics that will provide you with a solid base of knowledge in software engineering (programming), hardware and networking, website development, IT tools and concepts and mathematics skills relevant to IT.
In years two and three you'll choose one of four specialist pathways: software development, interactive media, networking (systems administration) or information systems and strategies. During this time you'll develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen area through a range of compulsory and elective courses.
You'll also develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, team work, project management, time management, self-reliance and communication skills. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills and work-readiness, so wherever possible, theory is integrated and applied to practical tasks.
Many courses include group activities or group projects, as the ability to work as part of a team is strongly valued by employers.
In the final semester you'll put all of your acquired skills and knowledge into practice in a 45-credit capstone project (in most cases for a local business). The project is an excellent opportunity to equip yourself with real-world IT experience and to learn from industry people. It also results in a substantial piece of work with which to demonstrate your potential to prospective employers.
Employment prospects are very strong for IT graduates. Many companies are struggling to fill vacancies and are having to recruit overseas.
Job opportunities in the IT sector are forecast to increase significantly in the next few years and the sector is regularly recognised as one of the highest paid in the country and globally. Job opportunities are not limited to IT companies as almost every business these days has IT needs and many non-IT businesses employ significant numbers of IT professionals.
Depending on the specialist pathway followed, you might gain employment in roles such as business analyst, network manager, webmaster, IT support specialist, database administrator, test analyst, systems administrator, web developer, interactive media developer or software developer/programmer.
As a new graduate you're likely to start at a junior level but you can quickly advance to higher-level positions within a few years, especially in larger companies.
The Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies provides entry to postgraduate ICT programmes at many tertiary institutes, and with strong grades in our Bachelor programme, you may also qualify for entry to a Masters' degree at most universities in New Zealand.
Ara is a participant in the SIGNAL ICT Graduate School, which offers a Master of Professional Practice to degree-qualified graduates.
Please refer to Application Documents to find the full pathways for this programme in greater detail.
Recommended school subjects
To complete this Degree you are required to complete 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
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.
New Zealand University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include:
- 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:
- Mathematics or physics or statistics or accounting
- English or history or art history or classics or geography or economics one other subject from the list of approved subjects and
- Literacy* - 10 credits at level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
- Numeracy* - 10 credits at level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
Or one of the following:
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support Level 5
- New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design Level 5
- New Zealand Diploma in Networking Level 6
- New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration Level 6
- New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Business and ICT Pathway or equivalent
Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact Ara for requirements.
* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/
- 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:
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.
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 .
- 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
To apply for this programme please:
- complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form
If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.
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) .
If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.
Computer Systems Architecture
IT Practitioner Fundamentals
Introduction to Networks
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Software Engineering
Best Programing Practices (Java)
Best Programming Practices (C# .NET)
Best Programming Practices (Server Side Pr...
Best Programming Practices (Web and Mobile...
Enterprise Solutions Deployment
IT Service Management
Interactive Media Development
Introduction to Enterprise Intelligence an...
Introduction to Enterprise Solutions Archi...
Research for Information Solutions
Routing and Switching Essentials
Wireless Local Area Networks
Enterprise Intelligence and Analytics
Enterprise Solutions Architecture
Information Technology Governance
Managing Information and Cybersecurity
Software Development Project
Special Topic in Information Systems
Special Topic in Networking and Systems Ad...
Work Integrated Learning Project