Diploma in Applied Computing (Level 5)

Want to get a job as a computer programmer, systems analyst, website or software developer? Technology is rapidly changing the way we live and New Zealand desperately needs more computer professionals.

Level 5 and Level 6 Diplomas offer the only local pathway towards the University of Waikato’s Bachelor of Science, specialising in Applied Computing.

It’s a logical three year programme, all based in Tauranga, with the added flexibility of stopping along the way and collecting these level 5 or level 6 Diplomas. You also have the option of studying the courses part-time.

This Level 5 Diploma in Applied Computing develops core skills in IT infrastructure, software, multimedia, networks and programming to meet a wide range of business computing needs.

Content Details

To complete the qualification you need to complete 120 credits; 60 credits from the core courses and 60 credits from the optional courses. Each course is worth 15 credits unless otherwise indicated. You can credit all the courses listed below to the first year of the University of Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Core Courses

  • COMP5002 Introductory Programming
  • INFT5001 Professional Skills
  • COMP5004 IT Infrastructure
  • COMP5008 Software Packages

Optional Courses

  • COMP5007* Introduction to Multimedia
  • MATH5003* Statistics for Science AND
  • ELEL5005* Introduction to Electronics
  • COMP5003* IT Essentials and Networking (30 credits)

* Compulsory for the degree pathway


Courses are offered on a semester basis; 6 study weeks for January and November Summer Schools, and 15 study weeks for Semesters 1 and 2 starting February and July respectively.

For days and times of classes refer to the timetable available from the Information Centre or School of Business.

JanuaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)One year
FebruaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)One year
JulyPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)One year
NovemberFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)One year

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $5,368 (for eight 15 credit courses) i.e. $671.00 per 15 credit course

2017 international students $19,950.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Diploma in Applied Computing (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

  • Programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Website designer/administrator/developer
  • Software developer
  • IT user support
  • Database administrator
  • Business analyst
  • Computer support technician

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Diploma in Applied Computing (Level 6)

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:  

  • Have at least 48 credits towards the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 including 12 credits in both English and Mathematics 
  • or Sixth Form Certificate in four subjects with aggregate total of 20 points or less
  • or completion of the Certificate in Computing Level 3
  • or completion of any Level 3 or higher NQF National Certificate (e.g. National Certificate in Computing (Level 3); or completed any recognised equivalent Certificate.

You will be more likely to succeed if you: 

  • have life and/or work experience which is relevant to the programme
  • and, are able to demonstrate that they have the ability, interest and motivation to succeed in the programme
  • and, meet one of the academic levels shown above

Mature students with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet these requirements but have equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to your acceptance onto the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.