2019 intake dates: 9 Jan, 20 Feb, 20 Mar, 22 May, 19 Jun, 21 Aug, 11 Sep, 27 Nov, 4 Dec

If you already have qualifications or experience in IT and you wish to pursue a more specialised role, this one-year programme is your next best step. This programme will also equip you to pursue further studies in computing and IT. 

If you’re enrolled in the Auckland campus, you may be eligible for up to 100 hours paid work experience during the last trimester. You may also have help in negotiating any internship opportunities. 

Am I eligible?

This programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. Diploma in Computing at Level 6; or equivalent overseas qualification in Computing and IT; or at least 2 years work experience in the area of software development or networking.

English Language requirement

For international students: If you are coming from overseas, to be eligible for this course you must:

provide evidence of an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.0 (Academic), with no individual band less than 5.5 

OR Pearson Academic Test
have a Pearson Academic Test score of 50 and above with no individual band score less than 42 

OR LanguageCert 
have a C1 Expert Test PASS with no less than a pass in each skill

The information is accurate as of December 2018

120 credits
1 Academic Year

Content & delivery

Delivered by: Aspire2 International Business & Technology

You will be able to specialise in either Software Development or Computer Networking.

For Software Development, you will build your skills in analysing, designing and building robust and user-friendly enterprise or web-based systems. You will assure the quality throughout the development process.

For Computer Networks, you will develop essential skills in both wired and wireless computer network design and setup, administration, maintenance and security. As a specialist who can design, maintain and secure these computer networks, you will be in demand. 

For either speciality, you may also choose to gain MTA, MCSE and MCDBA certification from Microsoft, although additional exam fee applies.

Learning will be delivered using a blended (face to face) learning approach and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors in class and via your online learning portal. 

You will be supported throughout the process by our great facilitators who are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.

Core Papers

  • Ethics and Professionalism in Computing
  • Strategic Implementation of InformationSystems
  • IT Project Management
  • Final Specialisation Project

Specialisation Papers

  • Computing Network:
  • Wireless Networks
  • Service Desk Operations Management
  • Network Infrastructure Design
  • Network Security and Data Protection
  • Software Development:
  • Software Testing
  • Web Programming
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Application Development

Project Papers

  • Develop and deploy a software application system
  • Install and confiure a computer network system
  • Initiate, plan and manage an IT Project
  • Create technical documentation for an IT system

On completion of this programme

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the chosen area of specialisation in Information Technology, with an in-depth understanding of ethics and professionalism and understand the business perspectives of Information Technology implementations in the industry.
  • The qualification can lead to further study in the area of specialisation or directly into the workforce.

Successful graduates of the Computer Network specialisation will have the knowledge and skills to secure position in the IT industry as a:

  • Network Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Projects Manager or pursue further study in this area.

Successful graduates of the Software Development specialisation will have the knowledge and skills to secure position in the IT industry as a:

  • Software Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Projects Manager or pursue further study in this area.

Entry requirements

To enter this course, you must have:

  • A Level 6 Diploma in Computing or equivalent skills or knowledge, or
  • Two years’ work experience in software development, networking or an equivalent.

If you are coming from overseas, to enter this course you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • have an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.0 (Academic), with no individual band less than 5.5; or
  • have a Pearson Test with overall score of 50 and above; or
  • pass our English Entry Test (for limited nationalities only).


  • Tuition - $17250
  • Resource - $1750
  • Registration - $250
  • Insurance (14 months) - $550
  • Bank fee - $50

Total - $19850

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Your pathway

Your potential career path after study

  • SystemsAdministrator / IT Service Desk
  • IT Developer / Programmer
  • Network Security Specialist/Security Analyst
  • Apps Development Manager/Network Designer
  • IT Operating Manager

Navdeep's story

"In my job as a Service Desk Analyst for Westpac, I give technical support to all our staff throughout New Zealand. This includes taking care of their daily desktop issues, network issues and any other IT related queries. I feel extremely comfortable and confident in the role, and that’s due to my time at Aspire2 ..."

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How to apply

  • 1 Apply online
  • 2 Receive an OOP

    Offer of Place will give advice on programme fees, insurance, date and methods of payment

  • 3 Pay fees

    Sign one copy of the Offer of Place and return it, with full payment of all fees, by the due date

  • 4 Fee receipt

    When we receive your fees, we will send you an official fee receipt

  • 5 Apply for visa

    Once your student visa is approved, we will arrange your accommodation (if you wish) and airport pick-up

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