What will I learn?

Pursuing a career in Information Technology and keen to advance your skills and deepen your understanding of this diverse industry?

Discover the power of computing technology and how it can help you develop real world solutions and innovations with this stimulating, hands-on programme. Every industry, organisation and business in the world relies on computer technology in one way or another and the right qualification will create numerous employment opportunities for you, both here and overseas. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a solid understanding of the industry and a willingness to continue developing new skills. Become a Web Developer, Systems Administrator, Software Developer, Programmer, Business Analyst, Database Administrator or Computing Services Manager, amongst many others.

Study in a supportive and innovative environment and develop high-level technical abilities and a strong theoretical understanding of IT concepts while exercising your problem-solving skills and creativity. Focus on the professional communication skills required for working effectively in the industry and gain valuable, practical experience during an industry-based project for an external client. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practise your newly acquired skills with a range of excellent equipment and software applications.

You will study

The Bachelor of Information Technology degree is a broad-based programme providing an introduction to most areas of computing. Gain technical skills in programming, networking, operating systems, control technology and databases and learn about the IT environment and practice skills in business and interpersonal communication. Year one courses are compulsory and will give you a solid base for selecting specialist electives during the following years. In third year, you will undertake an industry-based project for an external client over two semesters and this will represent the culmination of your degree studies.

Further study options

This qualification is widely recognised, allowing you to apply for entry to post-graduate study in Information Technology. You will be qualified to apply for graduate teacher training programmes, leading to a career in IT secondary education.

Your workload

Most IT courses are worth 15 credits and are the equivalent of four hours contact time per week. A full-time programme will usually consist of four courses per semester. During an average week, you will be expected to undertake 16 hours of directed learning and an additional 15-20 hours of self-directed study completing assignments and reading.

If studying at our Auckland International Campus

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. Some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee: NZ $23,480 (first year)
Start date

March 2020, June 2020, August 2020, October 2020


Auckland International Campus

Level 2/350 Queen Street,


Auckland Central,

1141, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee: NZ $23,480 (first year)
Start date

17 February 2020, 20 July 2020


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have NCEA Level 3. High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum C average, plus SAT 1 and SAT II score minimum 500/part or the Advanced Placement Exam. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in writing and reading; no less than 7.0 in speaking and listening).

For international students

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent work/life experience.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Cambridge English Assessments: FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill OET at Grade C in all subtests

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50

City & guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

Pathways options

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