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Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security)

Protect the security of data and information

Cybercrime is a growing threat to Australian business, consumers and government. Every day we rely on digital systems and networks to communicate, transact and to store sensitive data. This has created an unprecedented demand for professionals who can secure and monitor IT systems and protect personal and organisational privacy in cyberspace.

TAFE NSW offers a choice of three-year degrees: Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) and Bachelor of Information Technology (Data Infrastructure Engineering).

These courses will prepare you for employment as a network or data security specialist in a fast-growing and dynamic industry. Developed in close consultation with industry, these two degrees have a strong applied focus, where you will learn through projects with the help of teachers who are industry leaders in the field.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20524

Location: Meadowbank

Duration: 3 years full time or part time equivalent

Course load: This course requires students to complete 24 subjects and achieve 240 credit points. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: The Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. It is located at Level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

This degree allows students to learn through a practical hands-on approach with the development of skills such as communication, problem solving and critical thinking – resulting in well-trained, analytical IT specialists. Presentations and case studies by leading professional experts, allow students to develop tools and techniques for managing data, solving IT security issues and other IT challenges facing the business world today.

This degree has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and complies with the ACS standards for specialist IT degrees. It also prepares students to sit for recognised industry certifications (such as Cisco CCNA and CCNP).

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

This course requires you to submit additional information with your application, including a short essay and interview. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry, and where there are more applicants than study places available, will be used to rank your application. You are also required to have mathematics knowledge to HSC level or equivalent before entering this course, or you may be required to undertake a bridging program or preparatory course.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to quizzes, practical exercises, case studies, journals, group activities and examinations.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject in the Bachelor of IT (Network Security) by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the degree. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,250 per subject (a total of $30,000 for the full bachelor degree*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE NSW International website.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

Information for international students

This course is available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information and the current course fee for international students go to the TAFE NSW International website.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of each course.

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