What will I learn?

Want to gain a firm grasp of IT foundation skills?

The IT industry may be constantly evolving, but one thing is certain - it is definitely here to stay - and this programme will enable you to gain knowledge of the industry.

Learn about a variety of topics within the computer field, acquire essential skills towards becoming an IT professional and take the opportunity to explore and establish an understanding of a range of computer concepts.

Computing skills are now fundamental life skills and there are currently far more IT-related jobs than there are graduates. Employers are desperate for individuals with a good awareness of the industry and a willingness to continue developing new skills. IT is a global industry and the right qualification will create a whole world of opportunities for you. With further study, career possibilities are diverse and include business computing, network administration, technical support, hardware, software, database, web development and much more.

You can study this programme at our Dunedin Campus or online via the TANZ eCampus.

Your workload: This programme is delivered through 16 hours of classes per week for 17 weeks. You will be in small classes of around 15 students with excellent equipment and great staff. In addition, you will need to spend up to 12 hours per week in self-directed study (assignments and review work).

Study options

Full Time (1 semester)

Tuition fees
NZ$11,730.00 (6,15,572) per year
Start date

Expected July 2021


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Online/Distance (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
TANZ eCampus: NZ $262.14 (NZ $43.69 per course)
Start date

Every month

Entry requirements

For international students

There are no academic entry criteria.

It is preferred that learners hold the New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2), or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.

Overall Academic IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PToE (Academic) score of 36; Language Certificate: B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.