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New Zealand Certificate in Computing

New Zealand Certificate in Computing

Level 3

Make your move into Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time

22 Jul 2019 - 29 Nov 2019

Domestic Fees: *
$3,408.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

This ICT course will provide you with skills and experience with a wide range of industry leading digital tools and technologies and also provides automatic entry into UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials.

You will learn how to use digital tools to present information, create websites, apply security techniques, design and generate infographics, and use a visual programming language to produce interactive games and media.

This programme has a practical, hands-on focus which allows students to bring their skills together and showcase their strengths in collaborative, team-based ICT projects.

 Career & Study Outcomes

 Course Information

Introductory Digital Tools
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheets, charts, and graphs
  • Database queries, forms, and reports
  • Digital communication, email, social media
  • Cloud computing, storage, and collaboration
  • Multimedia, image manipulation, and infographics
  • Office productivity tools
Applied Digital Tools
  • Mobile apps
  • Online security and privacy
  • Content management systems (CMS)
  • Multimedia, images, video, and audio
  • Visual Programming (Scratch)
  • Game Development
  • Advanced office productivity tools
ICT Project
  • Team based collaboration
  • Integration of digitial tools and techology
  • Project planning and execution
  • Product research, design, and development
  • Quality assurance and testing

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1


Equivalent skills and knowledge


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Computing comprises 60 credits.

Students with an interest in computing and ICT will extend their skills over a range of industry leading digital tools, development platforms, and technologies.  It is recommended that applicants seek advice from the Head of School if they would like more information regarding the required skill level for this programme. Previous study in the area of computing/information technology would be an advantage to successful completion of the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Computing supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in IT for Business


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.