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2018: February and July
1 year
2018: A$11,400 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


This course helps you develop the skills and knowledge in a range of Information Technology fields allowing you to progress your qualifications and career in IT.

This course has been specially designed for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology. You will receive additional support provided over a longer 15-week semester, where you can build the literacy and numeracy skills needed for a career in IT, and prepare for the transition into university study.

Successful completion of the Diploma provides guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Information Technology.

In this course you will:

  • design databases
  • write computer programs in Python
  • connect databases to dynamic websites
  • schedule ICT development using Microsoft Project
  • use Linux and study towards industry certification (such as CCNA).

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Careers in Information Technology

Graduates of this diploma will be qualified for entry-level work in the IT industry, including:

  • computer and network support
  • website development
  • database support

Successful completion of the Diploma provides guaranteed entry into the second year of Bachelor of Information Technology, where you can continue to develop the technical, analytical, managerial, leadership and interpersonal skills required for graduate entry as an IT professional. 

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Information Technology, a total of 96 credit points must be completed.

Year 1

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply a broad body of fundamental knowledge of information technologies in selected areas of study from the areas of: networking, ICT management, web application development, operating systems and database.  
  2. Use the latest information technologies, and with self- learning capabilities, solve real-world ICT related problems.  
  3. Exhibit a range interpersonal and academic skills with a strong focus on development practice in an independent or collaborative environment.  
  4. Present foundation technical and theoretical knowledge and skills for industry certifications from reputable international vendors CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC-1).  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Any Certificate IV in Information Technology or equivalent.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent).
  • International: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.