National Diploma in Computing Level 5
The National Diploma in Computing is a well established national qualification highly respected by employers, polytechnics and universities. The National Diploma is a one year NZQA approved course of approximately 120 credits.Students must successfully complete all course credits to gain the qualification.
Aim of the Course
The aims of the course leading to the National Diploma in Computing (Level 5) are to:
- Provide learners with knowledge of current computing technologies and trends.
- Produce skilled employable graduates that meet industry requirements for help-desk, support, and other functions.
- Give the learners a broad understanding of the computer industry concepts in order to specialise in Computer Support and Operations.
The National Diploma in Computing (Level 5) provides students with the knowledge to work with current computing technologies and trends that meet industry requirements. Learners will gain a broad, skilled understanding of computer industry concepts in support and operations in order to specialise in I.T. Further to that the course gives learners some level of understanding in computer industry management and concepts, along with the fundamentals of computer programming, software development and network design and support, required to specialise in the field of Computer Information Technology. The teaching emphasis is upon the practical nature of support and operations.
Graduates of the National Diploma in Computing (Level 5) will have entry level skills in both operations and support which will equip them for a range of support and operations roles within the computer industry such as help-desk roles.
On completion of this course, students can enrol in the Diploma in Information Technology (Level 7) with TIA, majoring in either Multimedia or Support and Operations. Graduates may also choose to progress to more advanced study at degree level.
The course requires one year of full-time study. There are five terms per year. Students may start the course at the beginning of any of these terms and at the middle point of the regular terms.
Applicants must have:
- 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 (including a minimum of 12 in each of three subjects and including four credits in reading and four in writing)
- OR Sixth Form Certificate with a grade aggregate of 20 or less in the four best subjects, one of which must be Grade 5 English or better)
- OR a Year 12 or Year 13 international qualification equivalent to or higher than one of the above
International students for whom English is not their first language must have either:
- a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
a minimum Tasman English Proficiency Test score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0