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Bachelor of Information Technology

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Explore progressive, cutting edge technologies and complete projects for real industry clients, solving real problems and creating real solutions.

With a Bachelor in Information Technology from SIT, you can specialise in:

  • Management
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Web applications
  • Technical computing (networks and systems administration).

This degree course is designed to prepare graduates for a comprehensive and broadly based range of professional careers within the information technology field.

The curriculum addresses both theoretical and practical applications of computer technology within today's business environment. The first year provides a foundation of knowledge in software development and design fundamentals, operating systems, computer networks and programming. The second year builds on these with more advanced programming, databases, networking, web applications and managing computer projects.

The final year pulls it all together with topics in networking, databases, web applications, and a full year, full scale project.

Students are assigned their own state of the art computer for the duration of their studies. They are provided with leading edge tools that are presently being used to develop e-commerce and business solutions.

Career Opportunities

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at entrance levels within the information technology sector. It is anticipated that graduates from the degree programme will be able to pursue professional careers in the following areas within the information technology industry:

Management: Entry level management/ team leader in information systems development analysis, design and production of information systems to meet prescribed specifications and needs within an organisational context.

Database: Creation and support of database systems analysis of processes and data flow leading to building effective database systems within an organisation's information system.

Technical: Information systems support selecting, configuring and supporting hardware, operating systems, networks, and software components of an organisation's information system.

Web Applications: Analysis, design and production of web interfaces and the back-end systems that support them.

Programming: Creating and supporting a variety of software applications.

Satisfactory Completion

Every candidate for the qualification of Bachelor of Information Technology is required to follow a programme of study for a minimum period of three years.

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 360 credits for successful completion of the qualification.

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Information Technology, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule.

A student completing the Bachelor of Information Technology will normally be expected to complete the three-year programme (full-time equivalent) within 5 years.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to University Entrance NCEA Level 3

Mature Applicants

Applicants in this category will have achieved the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - 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.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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