Higher Certificate in Information Technology

  • Convenient and appropriate avenue into business management studies
  • Develops an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of information technology principles

1 Year
NQF Level 5
120 credits
Supported distance learning

About The Higher Certificate in Information Technology

The Higher Certificate in Information Technology from MANCOSA is a 1 year programme and provides a structured programme for persons wishing to work as information technology support staff in public and private sector organisations. The qualification aims to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis, and application of information technology principles.

It will also develop communication and project management skills, and provide students with skills in information technology support. This qualification covers fundamental concepts and components into technology and operation of modern information systems. It emphasizes selected general principles, together with more specific procedures and the application thereof.

The qualification also serves to provide students with the basic introductory knowledge, cognitive and conceptual tools, and practical techniques for higher education studies in the field of Information Technology.



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Who Should Attend

Higher Certificate in Information Technology

  • Aspiring individuals whose objective it is to seek employment in the corporate world or who need the grounding to do a BCom degree.
  • People with part-time or full-time employment who wish to advance their careers in the information technolgy field.
  • People whose post-school qualifications are not in business management but have taken a position in the information technology department or sector.
  • Individuals who either work in or run small businesses and need information and skills so they can develop their ideas, and formulate strategies for the growth of this business.

Career Opportunities

Higher Certificate in Information Technology

  • Network Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Capturers
  • IT Administrator


Allows the student to progress directly to a Bachelor’s degree.

Entry Requirements

  • 2 A Levels at HSC


  • Knowledge Check Questions (KCQs)
  • Short Essay Questions
  • Project

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year

Modules for Higher Certificate in Information Technology

  • Computer Hardware and Architecture
  • Web Development
  • Essential Business Mathematics
  • End User Computing
  • Business Communication
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Networking Fundamentals

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Information Technology, the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the information technology environment of an organisation.
  • Utilise technology to communicate effectively.
  • Operate as information technology support staff.
  • Undertake basic information technology tasks in an organisation.
  • Apply, implement and maintain the basic principles of information technology systems.
  • Compile information for business decision making.

Student Support

The Higher Certificate in Information Technology is delivered through online learning and digital support.

The guide includes:

  • Compulsory readings
  • Self-study activities
  • Tutorial Letters
  • Assessment Exercises

In addition, students have access to:

  • Online Journals
  • Past examination papers
  • Supplementary learning materials available

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