Aspire2 International Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

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

The Graduate Diploma in IT one-year programme gives you an integrated approach to developing expertise as an IT professional. Individual subjects are important, but the way they work together is critical. Equipped with this knowledge, you will be eligible for positions such as project manager, software architect or developer, website administration or network engineer.

Am I eligible?

This programme is open to anyone aged 20 and over. Students must have a qualification at Level 7 or above, worth at least 120 credits; or have gained approval under special admission criteria approved by the Aspire2 International Academic Board.

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

With the growing need to understand technology today, this programme will enable you to experience the systems development process and learn to integrate and build on the other two papers presented each term.

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

  • Systems Development Integration 1, 2, 3
  • Industry Project

Standard GradDipIT (no specialisation)

  • Programming 1: C# or Java
  • Programming 2: C# or Java
  • Database Design and Development
  • Networking and Operating Systems

On completion of this programme:

Graduates will have:

  • Developed the interpersonal skills required to work effectively either independently or as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated an ability to operate knowledgeably, productively and professionally in an information technology environment;
  • Demonstrated an ability to think critically, and to evaluate and apply existing knowledge to meeting requirements and solving actual problems in the field of information technology;
  • Acquired degree level knowledge and skills in specific areas of information technology, namely project planning and management and system development methodologies
  • Acquired degree level knowledge and skills in other areas of information technology as determined by the standard or specialised courses taken by students.

Graduates will also have grounding in technical and commercial issues that will allow them to set this specialised knowledge in context.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to this programme of study, a candidate shall either have completed a bachelor’s degree or a qualification at level 7 or above, worth at least 120 credits, or have gained approval under special admission criteria approved by the Aspire2 International Academic Board.

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

  • be 20 years of age or older
  • provide evidence of 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 - $18250
  • Resource - $1750
  • Registration - $250
  • Insurance (14 months) - $550
  • Bank fee - $50

Total - $20850

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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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