Higher Certificate in Information Technology

The qualification aims to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of information technology principles.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

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The Higher Certificate in Information Technology is a one 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.
An accredited IT Certificate will also develop communication and project management skills, and provide students with skills in information technology support. The MANCOSA IT programme covers fundamental concepts and components into the technology and operation of modern information systems.


Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Information Technology programme, 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.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year


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

Elective – Choose one of the following electives:

  • End User Computing
  • Digital Transformation in the Business Environment


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Project

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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Frequently Asked Questions

There are various entry-level positions you can apply for with a Higher Certificate in Information Technology. Jobs like IT Systems Engineer, Desktop Support Technician, IT Support Technician, Computer or Network Support Technician all require an IT Certificate as a basic minimum qualification.

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