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Diploma of Information Technology

VTAC Code: ICT50220 CRICOS: 108654J VTAC Number: Preston 6900610104



12 months full time


1 year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Please note that this course may be taught from our Collingwood Campus by 1/07/2024.

Take the next step in your IT career

Accelerate your career in a dynamic industry such as information technology with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Information Technology ICT50220. Developed in consultation with industry to teach you general ICT skills, this course helps you turn your passion for innovation and technology into developing a range of practical skills. According to Australian Computer Society (ACS), the demand for skilled ICT professionals is likely to continue growing over the next decade. Secure your future today with essential ICT problem solving skills that will keep you in demand.

Multiple qualifications from a single course

You’ll learn fundamental skills across a range of ICT disciplines. This includes software development, web design, server administration, virtualisation, networking, database design and development, IT project management and systems analysis. Our industry-experienced teachers are passionate and focus on each student’s individual progress. Alongside your Diploma, you’ll also gain highly sought after training and hands-on experience with Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching in our fully functioning Cisco Lab.

Worldwide work for qualified IT professionals

Once you complete this course, you’ll have gained the practical skills and experience to impress employers and carve out your own career path based on your passions and interests. You could help develop the latest technologies in networking, ICT support, database development, programming and web development. Potential career paths range from a network administrator or engineer to a systems developer, computer programmer, or web development.

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Information Technology ICT50220 take me?

Pursue a career in network support roles and system development support roles.

  • Website Developer
  • ICT Support
  • Systems Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Programmer
  • Network Support
  • IT Project Manager
  • Network Administrator
  • Database Developer

Study Pathways

This is a pathway program. The qualification provides the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor of Information Technology. Successful completion of this course provides credit into a maximum of 8 units credit (equivalent to one year full time study) into the degree course.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Units are assessed in a variety of ways including practical exercises, written assessments, demonstrations, observation and assignments.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts Core 30
BSBXCS402 Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices Core 40
BSBXTW401 Lead and facilitate a team Core 50
ICTICT517 Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation Core 50
ICTICT532 Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT Core 40
ICTNWK540 Design, build and test network servers Elective 50
ICTNWK542 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise routers Elective 120
ICTNWK543 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise switches Elective 90
ICTNWK553 Configure enterprise virtual computing environments Elective 60
ICTNWK615 Design and configure desktop virtualisation Elective 80
ICTPMG505 Manage ICT projects Elective 80
ICTPRG430 Apply introductory object-oriented language skills Elective 60
ICTPRG436 Develop mobile applications Elective 50
ICTPRG549 Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills Elective 60
ICTSAD502 Model data processes Elective 30
ICTSAS518 Install and upgrade operating systems Elective 50
ICTSAS527 Manage client problems Core 20
ICTWEB451 Apply structured query language in relational databases Elective 60
ICTWEB513 Build dynamic websites Elective 60
ICTWEB517 Create web-based programs Elective 60

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $8500 $17950
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $8750 $18200
Per year $16400
Per semester $8200

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Information Technology Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Bachelor of Information Technology
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
CSP Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Learn specialist skills to work in a range of exciting roles. A career in business-oriented information technology offers the potential for great financial reward and growth, and demands a wide range of skills and knowledge. If a life in business and ICT is for you, enrol in our Bachelor of Information Technology today.
Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC
Information Technology and Security - Full Time, Part Time - Collingwood, Preston
Free Tafe Information Technology and Security - Full Time, Part Time - Preston, Collingwood
Cyber Security is the discipline and practice of securing computer systems and networks to protect valuable services, information and data from a variety of threats.
Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Free Tafe Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Gain the skills for entry-level roles such as Level 1 helpdesk support, IT support, junior cloud engineer, junior web developer with our Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120.
Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Complete your Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security in 6 months, ready to start your career in the technology industry.


This direct entry course is open to post-Year 12 students, mature aged applicants and people who have sufficient relevant vocational experience.

Hardware and operating system requirements

The minimum hardware and operating system requirements to satisfactorily complete all the units from the Diploma course are as follows:

  • Multicore 64-bit CPU (minimum 2 cores) with virtualisation support enabled
  • 8GB RAM is minimum but 16GB RAM is the recommended amount of physical memory installed
  • At least 256GB of Solid-State Disk (SSD) is highly recommended.
  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise or Education 64-bit operating system

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of our teaching resources are based on Windows and software that runs on a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise or Education operating system.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, or equivalency.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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