Diploma in Computing (DC) Level 7
ICL Graduate Business School

This programme provides a focus on networking and IT support. The Diploma in Computing is ideal for a student who wants to work in NZ. There is a shortage of IT workers in NZ and the 12-week work placement in the course gives students valuable work experience which helps in the application for a job.

The aims of the course leading to the Diploma in Computing (Level 7) are to:

  1. Develop advanced computing skills with specialisation in computer support;
  2. Develop in students sufficient practical and theoretical skills in computing to enable them to progress to further studies in a similar field or to enter employment directly; and
  3. Enable both local and international students to achieve an industry-focused employment qualification.

Graduates of the Diploma in Computing (Level 7) will have attained a job entry qualification with particular strengths in system maintenance and user support. They will also be strongly placed to progress to degree level studies in information technology at a university or polytechnic. AUT University allows up to a year’s credit (two semesters) into its BCIS degree to ICL Diploma graduates. The programme is taught over 48 weeks with starting dates every month. The last 12 weeks of the programme consist of a work placement.


Entry Requirements

  • Entry with IELTS 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent in the ICL Proficiency Test, or other equivalent recognized by NZQA.
  • Academic requirement: at least one year of post-secondary study incorporating basic computing study.


The course consists of the following papers:

5148      Explain ethics and professionalism for the computer industry in New Zealand
6113      Explain the management of the information systems function in an organisation
6177      Assess and provide technical advice on software for a single-user personal computer
5154      Explain local area computer networks and install network workstations
7157      Demonstrate an understanding of local and wide area computer networks
7150      Assess and provide technical advice on system software for a multi user computer
6156      Apply the principles of project planning and control
7163      Design a local area network
7160      Plan and manage a project in the computer field
7160      Demonstrate project skills in a 12-week action research module based on a work placement
7160      Review a project in the computer field


Programme Length

  • Duration of 1 academic year, or
  • 11 months: 44 weeks including a 12-week work placement


Start Dates
15 Jan 2018
19 Mar 2018
21 May 2018
23 Jul 2018
24 Sep 2018
26 Nov 2018


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