CRICOS Course Code: 105687B

Fast-Track Your IT Journey: Pursue the one-year Diploma of Information Technology—an AQF level 5 qualification. Gain foundational knowledge in programming, networking, and data management.

AUD 117.7 Billion

IT investment in Australia will reach AUD 117.7 Billion in 2023.


The Diploma of Information Technology is a one-year full-time [or part-time equivalent] AQF level 5 qualification, which can telescope into a Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT, AQF 7) with two further years study. The BIT is described in detail in a separate course proposal. The Dip IT is designed to enable students to acquire a broad, coherent foundational and applied knowledge of the key theories and practices that underpin the profession of Information Technology, and to enable graduates to operate in dynamic business contexts. The breadth of focus of the Dip IT covers programming, networking, and data management.

The CIHE Diploma of IT has been carefully aligned with some of the key professional knowledge areas defined by the Australian Computer Society [ACS], but is foundational and does not meet its depth, which is designed with AQF 7 in mind. This alignment attests to the fact that Dip IT provides a solid foundation for the accumulation of knowledge and skills as defined by the CBOK. As IT is a fundamental infrastructure, graduates of the CIHE Dip IT will be able to work in a range of workplace contexts and environments.


Throughout the course, students will acquire knowledge and skills in the underlying principles, concepts and technical knowledge that will allow them to assist the work of IT professionals as well as broader management principles that will help them function in a business context. They will be able to apply their IT knowledge and skills to a range of industrial activities. They will develop a foundational knowledge and skill that they can apply in the areas database management, networking, and/or software development. They will develop a team based operational style. They will use IT to generate information and solve problems. They will be able to contribute to the development of advice on IT matters. This knowledge and these skills will be applied in a manner which is reinforced by ethical judgement and effective communication.


  • A graduate of the Dip IT will be able to enter a para-professional role in IT.
  • Most students who choose the CIHE will want an education that prepares the way for an entry level role in Software Development and Network Administration.
  • However, the course will also prepare students for a variety of related roles where labour market demand is currently growing.


To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the course, applicants must meet at least one of the following entry requirements:


  • Successful completion of Year 12 and an ATAR score of 50 or above; or
  • Successful completion of an equivalent secondary qualification either interstate or overseas (in English or see below); or
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university that would enable students to gain entry to an Australian university; or
  • Satisfactory completion of one year of accredited full-time study at a registered institute of tertiary education at AQF level 4 or above; or
  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University.


Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate competency in the English language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing proof of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test result of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5) or equivalent English language test such as TOEFL or PTE.

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

  • Completion of secondary education/undergraduate degree via the medium of English; or
  • Successful completion of Year 12 secondary schooling in Australia (minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years); or
  • Successful completion of an Australian qualification recognised as at least AQF Certificate IV (minimum period of study of 1 school year within the last 2 years); or
  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Studies Foundation Program (minimum period of study of 1 school year).
  • International students who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements may undertake an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) program prior to undertaking the course.

In addition, all students (domestic and international) must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied.


The Diploma of Information Technology is a 1-year, 2-semester diploma. To fulfil the requirements of the
award, students must complete a total of 240 credit points or 24 units. Each unit is 10 credit points.


Unit Code Unit name
ICT101 Introduction to Information Technology
ICT103 Programming
BUS101 Business Communication
BUS102 Management Principles


Unit Code Unit Name
BUS107 Business Ethics
ICT102 Networking
ICT104 Fundamentals of Computability
ICT201 Database Systems



At CIHE we provide workshop-based engaged learning.

All our units involve participation in 3 hours of on-campus workshop per week for 12 weeks. Each week’s workshop will require preparation – reading, activities and online work.

All our units are supported by an online learning management system – Moodle.

We use a range of assessment tasks at CIHE to help you monitor your learning – quizzes, group work, case-studies and scenario-based activities, reports and exams.

Our assessment tasks are designed to be work-oriented, that is, they are designed to mimic the real world processes involved in business so that you will be ready to start your career as an active independent professional.


Indicative student numbers for this course are 20 enrolled students at any one time.