Diploma of Information and Communications Technology
|Rank threshold||ATAR: 60 SR: 60|
|Duration||1 year full-time, 2 years part-time|
|Next start term||Term 3, 2023|
|Study mode||On Campus, Online|
The Diploma of Information and Communication Technology combines leading-edge knowledge with practical experiences providing you with the confidence to pursue a career in IT. Using the latest hardware and software while you learn, you will develop a range of skills in programming, database design, and network infrastructure. To grow your expertise further and advance your career in a fast pace and dynamic industry, this course provides you an entry pathway into the Bachelor of Information Technology.
This course will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and skills in information technology (IT), and can also provide an entry pathway into the Bachelor of Information Technology.
During your education and training you will develop a range of skills in computing and information technology. Benefit from access to the latest hardware and software while you learn.
The Diploma of Information and Communications Technology combines theoretical and practical approaches, providing you with the confidence to pursue a career in this growing industry.
In addition to being a stand-alone qualification, the course provides an entry pathway into other programs. You may be eligible for credit for units completed within this program into the Bachelor of Information Technology.
Completion of the Diploma of Information and Communications Technology will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as:
- application specialist
- communications specialist
- database designer
- network engineer
- systems administrator
- systems analyst
- technical writer
- web designer
- web programmer
Structure & Availability
You are required to complete a total of eight units.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
|Term 3, 2023||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Term 1, 2024||Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney|
|Term 2, 2024||Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney|
|Term 3, 2024||Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney|
|Term 3, 2023||Available Online|
|Term 1, 2024||Available Online|
|Term 2, 2024||Available Online|
|Term 3, 2024||Available Online|
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
This course has no residential schools.
A rank threshold is the minimum, competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.
The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0
Student profileIf you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course, view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.
View our Institute Profile to learn about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023.
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
- A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
- An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
- Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Fees & Scholarships
2023 Indicative Fees
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$8,296|
Indicative first-year fee
The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.
Commonwealth support and government assistance loans
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.
Other study costs
Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.
At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more.
How to apply
|New South Wales||Online: 160063; Sydney: 160062|
|Queensland||Online: 851845; Cairns: 821849; Brisbane: 881841; Rockhampton: 851841|
|Western Australia||Online: 150063|
|Victoria||Melbourne: 153002; Online: 150063|
|Northern Territory||Online: 150063|
|South Australia||Online: 150063|
If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.
Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.
What’s the best way to apply?
- Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
- Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre
View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.
|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)||Apply via UAC|
|Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.
Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.