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Course code HE20524 Bachelor
HE20526 Diploma
Locations The Bachelor is offered at Meadowbank and Liverpool.
The Diploma is offered at St Leonards, Meadowbank and Liverpool.
Duration Bachelor - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Diploma - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next intake  
  • Classes commence 15 February 2021
  • First round applications close 27 November 2020
  • Second round applications will open on 30 November and close 29 January 2021 subject to availability of places
Course load Bachelor - You must complete 24 subjects and achieve 240 credit points.
Diploma - You must complete 8 subjects and achieve 80 credit points.
Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

The Bachelor 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).

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) or the Diploma of Information Technology you must have at least ONE of the following entry requirements:

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

You must also:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note:

  • You do NOT require an ATAR for entry into this course
  • 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

In 2021 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,310 per 10CP subject - a total of $31,440 for the full bachelor degree and $10,480 for the Diploma*. 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.

If you have extensive relevant and current industry experience or you’ve recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemptions from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security).

Courses for which recognition will be granted include, but are not limited to, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications in information technology, networking, network security, network engineering, communications engineering, database design, systems administration and software development.

Talk to your course coordinator to see if you’re eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

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 by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

These courses are available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information including tuition fees go to the TAFE NSW International website.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information 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 the course.

Industry Connections

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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