Diploma of Information Technology (Higher Education)

For guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Information Technology and higher education, complete our Diploma of Information Technology (Higher Education) an array of IT skills, with a focus on the fundamentals of software development, problem solving, networking and security.  You’ll also benefit from smaller class sizes in this Diploma and more one on one time with teachers.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Summer 2022
Summer 2023
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)

Our brand new Diploma of Information Technology (Higher Education) is a highly innovative program with a real edge for those wanting to continue to study and work in Information Technology. 

The Diploma of Information Technology (Higher Education) sees students progress through two stages. Throughout both stages, students enjoy and benefit from small class sizes and additional English language support.

During stage one, students study the foundation courses of information technology and become familiar with the terminology and current technologies available to use within industry whilst learning about the digital revolution and security on the web. Students will be exposed to problem solving within the IT field. 

In stage two, students tackle software development, cloud and enterprise computing and analyse big data, giving students a solid grasp on key skills that continue to be in big demand from employers.

At the conclusion of stage two, graduates may continue to study at Federation University jumping straight into the second year of a Bachelor of Information Technology, eventually completing the undergraduate with both the Bachelor and Diploma (Higher Education) degrees.

  • Applications developer
  • Business intelligence officer
  • Computer engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Data modeller
  • Data warehouse administrator
  • Database administrator developer
  • Data analyst
  • Ethical hacker
  • Enterprise systems analyst
  • Hardware technician
  • ICT consultant
  • ICT security specialist
  • Information management administrator
  • Integration analyst
  • IT manager
  • Multimedia application developer
  • Network architect and designer
  • Network engineer
  • Network manager
  • Networking and security officer
  • Project manager
  • Programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Support officer
  • Software developer
  • Software designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems designer
  • Systems manager
  • Web designer
  • Web developer

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

GPSIT1001, 15 credit points
GPSIT1100, 15 credit points
GPSIT1101, 15 credit points
GPSIT1102, 15 credit points

Semester 2

GPSIT1103, 15 credit points
GPSIT1104, 15 credit points
GPSIT2000, 15 credit points
GPSIT2001, 15 credit points
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Successful completion of a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or International Year 12 qualification. 

VCE pre-requisites:  Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in any English or English (EAL). 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Provision for entry may exist through other pathways including mature age, other special provisions, or recognition of prior learning.

Extra Requirements

Work / life experience

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the program with a reasonable prospect of success.
The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: GC1

CRICOS code: 109402K

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Bridging programs
The Foundation Studies program (GFO) provides an alternative entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university. On successful completion of the Foundation Studies Program, students will achieve eligibility to enter the Diploma of Information Technology.
As an indication, credit agreements negotiated between issuing organisations for credit towards higher level AQF qualifications in the same or a related discipline, having taken into account 2.1.9, should use the following as the basis of negotiations:
• 50% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree
• 37.5% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree
• 33% credit for a Diploma linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree
• 25% credit for a Diploma linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Global Professional School

Course coordinator

Jason Rogers