Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies

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Bach of Informationa nd Communication Technology

DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 5 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

CH3866

Domestic

$6,600 - $7,250

Starts

February, July

International

$20,620

Credits

360

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

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

Content

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.

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.

Programme structure

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.

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
  • 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

    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/

Alternative requirements
  • Applicants who are unable to evidence that you meet Academic Entry Requirements, but can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be approved for alternative entry. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills as listed below. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, should contact Ara for advice.

    IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart on Ara Institute of Canterbury's website.

    Note: 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.

    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide 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

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) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

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.

Study pathways

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

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT