Course location
Sydney

Duration
1 year (2 semesters of study)

Course code
VDIT

CRICOS code
093392J

Intakes
March, July & November

Course fee (2020)
A$2,480 per unit (8 units required for course completion)

Achieve your dream of becoming an in-demand IT professional. Our diploma offers a practical, supportive program directly leading into the second year of Bachelor of Information Technology.

Our Diploma of Information Technology has been designed for students taking the first step towards our bachelor degree, and professionals building their current IT knowledge and skills.

We help you prepare for a degree with targeted support and tuition. Over an extended 15-week semester, we’ll work with you to enhance your professional-communication and academic-writing skills.

You’ll also learn up-to-date skills and knowledge for a career in IT, including:

  • networking (CISCO CCENT)
  • designing databases
  • writing computer programs in Python
  • connecting databases to dynamic websites
  • scheduling ICT development using Microsoft Project
  • using Linux (LPI).

We are proud to announce that from March 2020 VU Sydney will use the innovative VU Block Model across all our undergraduate courses.

Careers

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified for entry-level work in the IT industry, including:

  • computer and network support
  • website development
  • database support.

The average salary for an ICT support technician is A$65,700 (JobOutlook).

If you continue onto our Bachelor of Information Technology, you’ll be ready to work in higher-level IT roles, earning a higher salary.

When you progress to the Bachelor of Information Technology, you’ll be eligible for professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society.

Learning outcomes

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).

Course structure

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

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

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 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Applicants must be aged 18 or over to be eligible to apply for this course.

English-language requirements

You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English-language proficiency:

  • IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 55. Section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 9
    • Speaking: 16
    • Reading: 10
    • Writing: 18
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 42-49 (no section score less than 40)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 162. No individual band less than 154. 
  • English Language School in Sydney: completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 1 with an A grade.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and CAE: These tests must be taken no more than two years prior to commencing your course. 
  • In some cases, we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed above.
  • Check the English-language requirements to see if you qualify for an English-language exemption.

Credit for skills & past study

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 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.

Apply for this course

Submit an application to study this course at VU Sydney.

Please note that all tuition fees are subject to an annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year. This increase will be reflected in invoicing issued to you. This annual increase in fees is covered as part of the agreed terms and conditions of your Letter of Offer.