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UAC code489832 - Newcastle
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
Program Code40321
Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers in 2022. It may change in 2023.
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Program handbook


The Diploma in Information Technology prepares students for a range of technology based career options; and provides them with a foundation for further studies associated with a Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Data Science, or a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours).

It is a one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program which offers a broad range of core and directed course options in the chosen area of study.

The program has a practical orientation allowing students to develop their skills for further tertiary studies through real world projects.

The courses offered by the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre within the diploma are distinguished from similar bachelor level courses through the following key features:

This is combined with classes taken alongside fellow degree students, and study as you would in an undergraduate degree program.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning
  • cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
  • cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
  • communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well-defined parameters


Information correct as at25 Jan 2022 6:48 pm
Program code40321
AQF level

Level 5 Diploma

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus50.00TBC

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    Admission is available to domestic applicants. 

    The University of Newcastle accepts a range of qualifications to determine eligibility for admission. These include, but are not limited to, Australian or overseas senior secondary qualifications (such as the HSC), prior tertiary studies, prior TAFE/VET studies, vocational/professional experience, and completed enabling programs. 

    To be considered for admission, applicants must have an unadjusted ATAR (or equivalent) of 50 or above.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    80 units

    Program duration

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    The Diploma in Information Technology requires the completion of 80 units (made up of 8 courses worth 10 units each).

    The program is comprised of:

    • 40 units of Core Courses
    • 20 units of Directed A Courses
    • 10 units of Directed B Courses
    • 10 units of Electives

    Program plans

    Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

    You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Student must complete all 40 units of core courses listed below:

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    COMP1010Computing Fundamentals
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    COMP1140Database and Information Management
    • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (UNCIE)
    10 units
    FNSO1110Academic Literacies and Social Analysis
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    INFT1060Cybersecurity Fundamentals
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units

    Directed Course Lists

    Directed Course List A

    Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    INFT1004Introduction to Programming
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
    10 units
    SENG1110Object Oriented Programming
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    SENG1120Data Structures
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    Directed Course List B

    Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    FNMT1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNMT1201Introductory Skills in Mathematics and Statistics
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units


    Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

    10 units

    Suggested electives

    Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.

    A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.

    MATH1510Discrete Mathematics10 units
    SENG1050Web Technologies10 units
    STAT1060Business Decision Making10 units

    Additional information

    Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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