New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)
This programme will provide students with a broad understanding of the core concepts and skills in information technology, including technical support, information systems, integration design, and software development.
This programme is the first semester of the Diploma and Degree if students decide to progress to further study.
Please note: Students in this programmes are encouraged to bring their own device (a laptop). Specifications can be found here.
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Graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge to work in a wide variety of entry level positions in the IT industry, and will be capable of applying the fundamentals of current and emerging concepts and practice in IT. Additionally, graduates who go on to further learning towards other New Zealand Diplomas may be granted credit recognition for this Certificate qualification. They may only need to complete their learning for the additional skills and knowledge required, for example, for the New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) qualification, or they may go on to study at under-graduate degree level. It is recognised that the scope of the programme outcomes will match the requirements for IT support roles at Tier 1.
You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.
Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)
- 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)
- Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
Based on discretionary entrance
If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.
Your first day
Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.
What you will need
Wintec is moving to an innovative model of teaching and learning. As part of this initiative, student learning activities will be undertaken in flexible, adaptable and agile learning environments.
Students in this programmes are encouraged to bring their own device (a laptop). Laptop specifications can be found here.
How to find your way around
Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai
Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.
Paying for your study
Course related costs
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
- Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
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Prospectus (course guide)
The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.
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