Computing - intermediate

NZ Certificate in Computing

  • Level 3
  • 18 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

You've got the basics of computers but you know there's so much more they can do. Rise above the crowd by learning the tips, tricks and functionality of office software that most people never even know exists!

Your computer skills will set you apart when you know how to use advanced features in Microsoft Office. Add to that a strong foundation in file management, and how to produce professional documents, publications and presentations to meet most business needs. You'll look at how computer networks, databases and websites serve us, and feel comfortable using these systems in the workplace.


You'll learn about:

  • how to use digital devices
  • implementing security solutions
  • project management
  • using advanced spreadsheet and database features with Microsoft Excel and Access
  • troubleshooting hardware and software problems
  • synchronising data across devices and platforms
  • file management.

You'll know how to:

  • use advanced features of Microsoft Office
  • plan, design and create websites and databases
  • interact with digital media
  • troubleshoot in a digital environment
  • communicate and collaborate across digital platforms.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can take your skills and understanding further by moving into next level computing or IT courses. You're on your way to becoming a specialist in the industry.

I want to use my qualification

Your skills are now more advanced than many people in the workforce. You could apply them in design, networking and top-notch admin support - for yourself and others.


How you'll study

This is a full-time programme that consists of 61 credits delivered over 18 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Option 1 (Contact):

  • 4 x 5 hour class per week
  • Tutorials - as per delivery schedule (approximately 2 hours per week)
  • 1 x 5-hour wānanga (one per semester)

It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 11-12 hours per week.

Option 2 (Blended):

  • 2 x 4 hour class per week
  • Tutorials - as per delivery schedule (approximately 2 hours per week)
  • 1 x 5-hour wānanga (one per semester)

It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 23-24 hours per week.

Workload: For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher at certain times throughout the programme.

In some locations this programme may be provided by way of an approved sub-contract arrangement.


Entry criteria:

You might need:

  • to sit a pre-entry test
  • a level 2 qualification or equivalent skills.

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