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

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • IT Certification online


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. 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 the technology and operation of modern information systems.

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals/School leavers who are interested in pursuing a career in providing IT support.
  • Individuals who enjoy providing business solutions and solving problems.


Completion of the Higher Certificate meets the minimum entry requirement for admission to an appropriate Advanced Certificate. A Higher Certificate may also allow access to an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning. Each module is delivered over a 5 week period.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Network Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • IT Consultant/ Administrator
  • Data Capturers

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.
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.

For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.

All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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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, and Computer or Network Support Technician all require an IT Certificate as a basic minimum qualification.

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