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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


The fully online Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7) will provide you with the opportunity to develop and/or broaden your expertise in IT by studying a field suited to your current experience and/or qualifications.

Graduate profile

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • implement appropriate software application-based information technology solutions to address identified workplace requirements;
  • operate knowledgeably, productively and profession ally to produce specified outcomes in a rapidly changing information technology environment.

Areas you can study include:

  • Computer Programming
  • Web Development
  • Web Programming
  • Interaction Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Advanced Database
  • Current and Emerging Technologies
  • Software Engineering

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7) will provide you with a range of IT specialist skills and practices in a chosen specialist field. If currently employed, you will gain valuable opportunities to incorporate work-related learning that may build on an existing role or equip you for new responsibilities.

Qualification structure

Students are required to complete 60 credits, with a minimum of 40 credits at Level 7.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To enter this programme you need to have a Bachelor degree, or equivalent. If you have completed the Bachelor of Information Technology with Open Polytechnic you are unable to enrol in this programme.

IELTS test – an Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent.
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for Schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

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