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National Certificate in Computing (Level 3)

IT1001

  • Semester 1 starts 6 March 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 31 July 2017
  • One semester full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline: Fee Free ​​(International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Study on campus in Hamilton City or study online and sit practical assessments at Hamilton, Otorohanga or Thames Campus
This foundation programme will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills for entry into higher level programmes leading to a computer-related career.

Programme Content

You'll study:

  • Computer hardware
  • Data management
  • Networks
  • Multimedia development
  • Computer programming
  • Software applications

Find out about course modules here. Please allow 4 hours of self-directed study per module, per week.

Practical Focus

The focus is not just on textbooks and theory, it’s hands-on in a fully-equipped computer lab. In fact, it’s so hands-on you’ll be working on a live network system where the decisions you make impact real situations! You’ll also assemble electronic components.

The centre consults directly with many commercial and industrial organisations to ensure Wintec programmes provide you with the appropriate skills and knowledge required for a career in the IT industry.

Facilities 

Wintec’s specialist facilities include networking, electronics and computing laboratories. You also have access to student computers in The Hub at the City and Rotokauri Campuses (Hamilton) or drop-in facilities at the Thames and Otorohanga campuses.

Graduate Opportunities

The National Certificate in Computing (Level 3) is a foundation programme that will provide you with the skills, knowledge and entry criteria to pathway on to higher level IT programmes. The centre consults directly with many commercial and industrial organisations to ensure Wintec programmes provide you with the appropriate skills and knowledge required for a career in the IT industry. The NCC will provide you with the foundations necessary for entry into such a programme.

Entry Criteria

  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in either English, Māori or Maths, or
  • Equivalent qualification, and
  • Demonstration of the motivation and skills to succeed in the programme
  • Completion of an initial assessment.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview and / or assessment.

Download the full programme regulations:

Delivery

This programme of study is delivered face-to-face at the Hamilton City Campus. Alternativley, there is also an online delivery option, so that you can study from home.  You will have access to student computers at The Hub at the City and Rotokauri campuses (Hamilton) and drop-in facilities at the Thames and Otorohanga campuses.

The online delivery will provide you with Moodle access which will support your studies through forums, chat-rooms and online lessons. The face-to-face delivery will give you access to a range of specialist facilities including networking, electronics and computing laboratories. Online students will be required to sit assessments at the Thames or Hamilton City Campus.

Scheduling and Workload

For those attending the Hamilton City Campus, actual timetables will be provided at the programme induction (as this is dependent on which stream you are placed in). As a general guideline, the expectation is that you may be required to be at Wintec up to 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. There will be one stream reserved for those students that have family responsibilities, with start and finish times usually within school hours. Otherwise you can expect to have some 8am starts and 5pm finishes.

Find Out More

Secondary School Students

Want to experience IT for a day? Talk to your STAR coordinator or careers advisor and do a two day Wintec taster course in Interactive Multimedia Technologies.

*Tuition fee free to New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents aged 16 years of age and over. ​

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