Higher Certificate in Information Technology

Faculty Of  • SAQA ID No. 82926 • NQF5 • 130 Credits • 1 Year

This qualification provides students with a foundational knowledge base in the IT field and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in System Development or Technical Support field. It also equips students to undertake more specialized learning in ensuing years.

The Higher Certificate: Information Technology is an entry level Higher Education qualification in the field of Computer Sciences and Information Technology. The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career in the field of Information Systems or to enable them to proceed to higher levels of education in Information Technology. This qualification is primarily industry orientated. The qualification provides students with basic knowledge and cognitive and conceptual tools for further higher education studies in their chosen field of study.


The qualification is primarily vocational and industry orientated. The qualification signifies that the student has attained a basic level of higher education knowledge and competence in a particular field or occupation and is capable of applying such knowledge and competence in Information Technology at an entry level.

The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or the National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement.

Higher Certificate in Information Technology - Module Breakdown

Semester 1 Credits
Information Systems 511 10
System Software 500 15
Web Technology 511 15
e-Commerce 511 10
Development Software 500 10
Semester 2 Credits
Information Systems 512 10
Help Desk Technology 500 15
Web Technology 512 15
e-Commerce 512 10
Business Communication 500 10
Work Integrated Learning 500 10
  • Use end-user applications such as word processing, spread sheets, databases and presentations in a business setting.
  • Describe and apply different types of computer systems and the use of computer technology in business.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques in a technical environment.
  • Work effectively as a team member within a development project environment.
  • Connect a small office network and install an operating system.
  • Explain communication in a workplace.
  • Carry out a small Computer Programming task.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Programming Principles.
  • Demonstrate and apply fundamental knowledge of Web Development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Networking and its functions.
  • Perform work related activities in a work simulated environment.

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Career Pathways for this course?

  • ICT Support Technician
  • Computer Network Technician
  • IT Helpdesk Consultant
  • Junior Programmer
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