Computing - intermediate

NZ Certificate in Computing

  • Level 3
  • 20 weeks - full-time
  • 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 that will 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.

When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) Level 3

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.

How you'll study

This is a full-time programme that consists of 61 credits delivered over 20 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 4 x 5-hour classes per week
  • tutorials (2 hours per week)
  • 1 x 5-hour haerenga (trip) (one per semester)

Activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately:

  • 8.5 hours per week.

Some of the learning activities will need to be completed online. You'll need to have access to an internet connected device for this programme.

Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • have the New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) Level 2 or have equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
  • attend an information session and an enrolment interview.

You might need to:

  • demonstrate competency in a numeracy and literacy activity.

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Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can take your skills and understanding further by moving into a higher level computing or IT course.

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.


Subject to approval from NZQA.
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