What will I learn?

IT is a global industry and there’s currently far more IT-related jobs than there are graduates - so skills in this sector gives you pretty good employment prospects.

This programme is your first step to gaining great introductory skills across a range of IT areas. You’ll study in a creative, innovative and supportive environment and, with small class sizes, you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention from your experienced teachers. Courses include Web Development, Programming, Computer Essentials and IT Industry Skills.

When you finish this certificate and graduate, you’ll have guaranteed entry into our three-year IT degree, the Bachelor of Information Technology. This is a hands-on, practical degree so you’ll learn by doing. You’ll also build the communication skills you need to work effectively in the industry. Courses include Automation and Robotics, Mobile App Development, UX Engineering, Game Development, AI and Data Science, and loads more! Grads of our degree enjoy jobs such as a Web Developer, Systems Administrator, Software Developer, Programmer, Business Analyst, Database Administrator or Computing Services Manager.

Pathways into this programme: New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3); Bridging to Business certificate; Bridging to engineering certificate; Computing is an excellent background qualification for entry into this programme.

Further study options: When you finish this certificate and graduate, you’ll have guaranteed entry into our Bachelor of Information Technology which will help you build your skills, knowledge and career options!

Your workload: This programme is delivered through 18 hours of classes per week for 17 weeks. You will be in small classes of around 20 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$11,730.00 (US$ 7,872) per year
NZ $11,730 for the entire course
Start date

21 February 2022, 18 July 2022


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9054, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

There are no academic entry criteria.

It is preferred that learners hold the New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3), appropriate assessment standards in Digital Technologies Level 2, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

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

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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


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