Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies

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

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

CH3880

Domestic

$6,600 - $7,400

Starts

February, July

International

$21,360

Credits

120

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

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.

You must have basic computing skills.

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 Graduate Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 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
  • Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, 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 all subtests).

    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.

    Applicants 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

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

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.

Please refer to Application Documents to find the full pathways for this programme in greater detail.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT