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Graduate Diploma (GradDip) in Digital Learning

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Tauranga Campus

Summary

Studying a graduate diploma helps you develop knowledge and skills in your chosen subject area which will enable you to undertake a new career or further study.

Why study a GradDip?

Graduate diplomas are intended to provide the equivalent of a major in a subject area that is different to your first degree’s major. You may be eligible if you haven’t studied for a degree before if you can demonstrate an interest in the subject area and a satisfactory academic ability.

A graduate diploma is a more in-depth version of a graduate certificate, is studied at undergraduate level, and can be completed in the equivalent of one year (two trimesters) of full-time study, or in some cases, extended part time study.

Candidates must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including at least 75 points at 300 level or above, in the Graduate Diploma subjects.

Why study Digital Learning?

Have you ever wondered about the safety of the internet, asked how online games became so popular, or considered the ethics of Facebook? Help businesses, schools and not-for-profits use learning through digital technologies to enhance their online image, and learn how technology is shaping the future of education. Build your knowledge of digital technologies, develop your understanding of teaching and learning and learn how to design, develop, deploy and evaluate these technologies. Study a range of papers from education, computer science, screen and media studies and graphic design, and learn how to develop educational software, apps and digital games for learning. With a range of fully online papers, study around your schedule, and with active and supportive staff who are enthusiastic to meet over Zoom or at the Hamilton campus, feel supported throughout your studies. Help businesses and not-for-profits build and improve their social media presence, investigate how gaming can help people learn and influence society, and learn how eSports may shape the future of sport as we know it. Explore key questions including should schools ban cellphones? How ethical is Facebook? What is the difference between virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and extended reality? Digital Learning is available as a major for the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Digital Learning may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School in which the student is enrolled. It also provides a pathway to postgraduate study in a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, various Master’s qualifications, a Doctor of Education or a PhD.

Career Opportunities

Teacher

Community educator

Educational Software Developer

Digital games developer

Social media marketer

Entry criteria

The most common entry into the GradDip is to have a bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.

English Language Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no bands below 5.5), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 46 with no band less than 36, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator Expert with 33-37 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with distinction in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 54.

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