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Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

Whitecliffe College

Subject area

Computer Science

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Entry requirements

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake degree level study, including appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of written communication and mathematics, by having achieved:

* University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
* NCEA Level 3; 14 credits each in three approved subjects
* UE Literacy (NCEA Level 2 or above; 10 credits with 5 credits each in reading and writing)
* UE Numeracy (NCEA Level 1 or above; 10 credits)
* A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above and the equivalent of UE Literacy and Numeracy
* New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials
(Level 4)
* A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the Programme Director
* Passes in other certificate/diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the Programme Director.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with the approval of the Programme Director.

International applicants must have necessary English language proficiency, equivalent to NCEA Level 3. This can be demonstrated through evidence as described in NZQF Rules 18.2 to 18.4.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The strategic purpose of this degree is to provide students with a recognized applied information technology qualification in their chosen specialisation. The courses balance practical skills with academic knowledge and soft skills. Graduates will be technically knowledgeable, employable and skilled for IT-related positions of their chosen field or prepared for further study at postgraduate level. They will be able to contribute to their profession and society in an ethical manner. The strategic purpose of this new degree for Whitecliffe aligns to several important aspects that impacted programme development: · The long-term skills shortage within the sector particularly evident in the South Island and lower North Island. · The extensive stakeholder engagement identified a skill shortage in applied IT skills needed right now and into the foreseeable future in the workplace. · The strategic alignment with the New Zealand L5 and L6 qualifications. · Whitecliffe's future developments for 2020-2022 in emerging technologies, discussed in detail in the Whitecliffe Investment Plan 2019-2022 submitted to the Tertiary Education Commission. · To provide students with an introduction to design thinking concepts.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Computer Science at this level can earn:


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Scholarship information

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Rural Women New Zealand Tertiary Bursaries

Provided by:

Rural Women New Zealand



$1,000 each.

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GCSB Women in STEM Scholarship

Provided by:

New Zealand Intelligence Community - Organisational Development New Zealand Intelligence Community



The value of this award is $10,000, which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans.

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (9) 309 5970
Fax: (09) 302 2957

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