English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Developed in consultation with industry, this course will teach you how information technologies are critical to everyday business operations. You will gain essential, industry-relevant information technology (IT) skills – from software design and engineering to information retrieval and web development.
This course is ideal for students without a computing background, as well as those who would like to bolster their industry experience with a recognised academic qualification.
You’ll graduate with the essential IT knowledge and skills for employment across a range of industries or for further studies in IT.
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, students must attain 4 credit points, which must include the following:
- Four (4) core foundation units (4 credit points)
- STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
2022 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
For further information about hardware and software requirements, please visit the relevant page on Deakin’s current students’ site.
Alternatively, you can call the School of Information Technology on +61 3 9244 6699.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Try this course for free
Interested in a free taster of this course?
The first two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
- at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
Deakin aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.
Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.
Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.
Fees and scholarships
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
Further study options:
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, you could use the credit points you’ve earned to enter into further study, including:
In today's IT job market, multi-skilling, multi-tasking and cross-skilling are highly valued by employers and Deakin graduates are best placed for a successful career in this industry.
Our graduates are well-rounded IT professionals with the ability to meet the future needs of this ever-evolving, fast-moving industry.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Develop specialised knowledge of software design and engineering, database, and web design concepts and technologies to develop software systems, products and solutions that automates business processes at par with industry standards and based on specifications and user requirements.
Communicate IT solutions as appropriate to the context to inform, motivate and effect change utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.
Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to identify approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.
Use the frameworks of logical and analytical thinking to evaluate specialist IT information, technical problems and user requirements, and develop approaches to identify solutions.
Develop IT solutions for automating processes by investigating technical and business problems; design and propose alternative solutions that improve services and user experiences.
Demonstrate the ability to work in a professional manner, learn autonomously and responsibly in order to identify and meet development needs.
Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019