The Diploma in Networking (Level 7) prepares learners for professional positions in the specialised areas of computer networking, or for further studies in the fields of computer networks and Information Technology.

The programme is aimed at learners with prior qualifications or experience in the areas of computer networking and Information Technology and who wish to acquire specific knowledge and skills to pursue a specialist career in Computer Networks in New Zealand, or for further studies in this area.

Course Components

Component Code Component Name Course Aim NZQA Level Credits



IT Service Management

The aim of this component is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and appreciation of service management for both IT service provider and their customers. 6 20


Computer Network Principles The aim of this component is to provide learners the concepts, theories and principles of computer networks and their application within an organisation. 6 20


Computer Network Design The aim of this component is to provide the knowledge and skills to analyse, design and implement appropriate computer networks for an organisation. 7 20




Information Security

This component aims to provide learners the concepts, process, framework and industry best practices to ensure credibility and security of information systems for an organisation. 7 20


ICT Project Management This component aims to provide the knowledge, skills and attitude for managing ICT Projects. 7 20



Capstone Project

The aim of this component is to summarise the rest of the programme of study by providing the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of all graduate profile outcomes through a realistic capstone project. 7 20
  Total Credits 120


Course Structure

Total weeks: 1 Academic Year

Total Credits


Entry Requirement

A candidate for admission to this programme of study shall:

  1. Have attained a minimum age of 18 years; And
  2. Have an English equivalent of IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5; or equivalent as approved and set out in the NZQA Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules; And
  3. Have completed at least a Level 6 Diploma in Networking or related area; or New Zealand Diploma in IT Technical Support ((Level 5); or have at least two years of relevant work experience; or equivalent.

Educational Pathways

Successful graduates will have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the ICT industry as a Network Administrator, Network Support Specialist, Network Engineer, support analyst or pursue further study in this area. The qualification can lead to further study in the area of networking or directly into the workforce.

Pass Requirements

A final overall grade pass mark of 50% with a minimum pass mark of 50% in each assessment is required.

Assessment Method

The programme follows an achievement-based assessment methodology. The students are required to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes, and subsequently the graduate profile outcomes, through formative and summative assessment tasks in the context of real or realistic organisation.

Learners will receive clear and full written instructions on the criteria for a pass for a programme component at the beginning of the delivery of each component. A final overall grade pass mark of 50% is required to pass each component.

Candidates will be allowed one attempt at each assessment instrument to demonstrate their competency in the learning outcomes set for a particular component. Candidates that fail to meet the learning outcomes will be deemed to have failed.