Bachelor of Information & Communication Technologies

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Information Systems not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

New Zealand University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include:
14 credits at Level 3 in each of:
Mathematics or physics or statistics or accounting
English or history or art history or classics or geography or economics
one other subject from the list of approved subjects and
Literacy - 10 credits at level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
Numeracy - 10 credits at level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
Or one of the following:
New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support Level 5
New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design Level 5
New Zealand Diploma in Networking Level 6
New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration Level 6

Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact Ara for requirements.

NZQA approved subjects: see
Alternative Requirements

Applicants who are unable to evidence that you meet Academic Entry Requirements, but can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be approved for alternative entry. Contact Ara for advice.

English Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills as listed below. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, should contact Ara for advice.
IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart on Ara Institute of Canterbury's website.
Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The BICT is an applied programme targeted at school leavers, career changers or unqualified IT professionals seeking a qualification in ICT. The programme aims to produce work-ready graduates who meet the needs of the IT industry in New Zealand, as well as globally. The programme enables students to: Apply knowledge, skills and capabilities to analyse, design, develop, implement and maintain information systems across a variety of industries, business environments, and community organisations; and interact with clients, formulate technology projects, manage projects, and communicate developments effectively throughout the design and development of solutions.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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