Course code: HE20526V03

    Diploma of Information Technology

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    OverviewAbout this course

    The higher education Diploma of Information Technology prepares you for employment in entry-level roles in the booming Information Technology (IT) industry. You'll gain introductory knowledge in cyber security, programming, databases and internetworking. Additionally, you'll learn the critical thinking and communication skills that you will need as an IT professional.

    Learn important industry knowledge and practical workplace skills, including writing technical reports and presentations to graduate with a diverse set of professional skills. Upon completion, you will be eligible to receive 1 year advanced standing for the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security) or the Bachelor of Information Technology (Data Engineering).

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Apply theoretical and technical knowledge about information and communication technology, with some depth in internetworking

    • Solve problems and make smart decisions to plan innovative and practical solutions to a variety of ICT problems

    • Conduct ICT research and look into new technologies and ideas from different places

    • Communicate your ICT knowledge and ideas effectively to a range of audiences

    • Work well with others in an ethical, responsible and professional way as an ICT professional in a range of environments

    • Adapt to the rapidly changing and evolving technologies and practices of the ICT industry

    Course outcomes

    Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • Graduate with a higher education diploma qualification

    • Eligibility to complete industry-based certifications like the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification and CompTIA Security+

    • The confidence to identify key security issues associated with networking

    • Techniques to troubleshoot common IT network issues

    • The skills and knowledge to apply software programming tools to develop correct, readable and reusable solutions from problem specifications

    • Recognition of prior learning to study the Bachelor of Information Technology (Data Engineering) or the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security). The 8 subjects studied in the Diploma will be recognised and credited towards the bachelor's qualification, with a fee-deduction.

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

    • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

    • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

    • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification


    • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A strong interest in the information technology industry

    • A PC or laptop to access study materials and complete your assessments. You can access this equipment on campus, however it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available

    • Strong digital literacy and organisational skills

    • Mathematics knowledge to a Higher School Certificate (HSC) level or equivalent

    You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

    If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

    Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: ICT support technician, IT support officer and IT services helpdesk officer.

    Study pathways

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    Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability

    The Diploma of Information Technology does not have any related courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll achieve your qualification faster.

    SubjectsSubjects in this course

    Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 core subjects (80 credit points).

    Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

    Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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