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New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)


Course details


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.

View programme modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
​​COMP501Information Technology Operations

Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving

INFO501Professional Practice

Business Systems Analysis and Design​​
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Career/further opportunities

​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.


Entry criteria

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.

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Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Event Room 1, City Campus

Year 1 students starting July 2020

Date: Tuesday 7 July 2020
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Event Room 1, City Campus

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.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • 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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Clinical placement

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.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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