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Diploma in Cybersecurity (Level 6)

Programme Description

This full-time level 6 Diploma highlights the benefits of employment in the Cybersecurity industry. It comprises eight closely-connected modules which are delivered over 40 teaching weeks, which will gradually increase the student’s knowledge and skills that will be required to demonstrate when seeking employment. The course content aims to the programme of study are to provide students with:

Graduate Outcome

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Analyse organisational security context using information management principles, data analysis, organisational strategy, systems, stakeholder roles and responsibilities.
  • Analyse IT technology stack and identify issues and their impacts on organisational performance and business risks. [15]
  • Apply knowledge of risk management frameworks to perform cybersecurity risk assessments and communicate results to support organisational risk management process.
  • Assess, select, plan, implement and validate cybersecurity approaches and controls to support organisational objectives and operations.
  • Analyse cybersecurity events, perform security incident classification, and apply security incident handling techniques and participate in an incident handling process.
  • Analyse legal, privacy and ethical impacts of regulatory environment and organisational decisions, advise on cybersecurity implications and organisational obligations applicable to particular situation.
  • Behave professionally and apply professional and ethical practices.
  • Apply communication, information design, teamwork, personal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Apply project management tools and techniques using knowledge of project planning, management and control to analyse and solve problems


The programme runs overs 40 weeks in 2 semesters of 20 weeks each. You must successfully complete all 8 modules to graduate.

Entry Criteria:

Students enrolling on this programme are recommended to hold any one of following qualifications:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) [Ref: 2596]
  • New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5) [Ref: 2597]
  • New Zealand Diploma in Web Design and Development (Level 5) [Ref: 2598]
  • New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) [Ref: 2604]
  • Other Level 5 IT-related qualification
  • Completed the first year of an IT degree or have equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

International students must:

  • be 18 years of age or older at the start of the programme
  • have a secondary or high school certification or recognised equivalent
  • achieved an IELTS General or Academic score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5, or any other recognised international proficiency outcomes as per Rule 18
  • have an acceptable New Zealand Police vetting outcome

Student career pathway:

  • Education pathway: Students could pathway to degree level study such as Otago University’s Bachelor of Computer Science, or Ara’s Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies. Subject to credit recognition at other tertiary education institutions, students could also study for a higher IT-related qualification elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas This programme also provides a pathway to further specialisation through industry-specific training in specialist fields of cybersecurity, and industry certifications.
  • Employment pathway: Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to gain employment in entry-level roles in the specialised field of cybersecurity such as security analyst, security tester, security administrator, incident analyst, information assurance analyst, security assessor or auditor, security engineer, security developer or other cybersecurity related support roles.Graduates will also have the skills and knowledge to progress into more advanced roles including cybersecurity analyst, engineer or manager.

Programme Start Date:
04 April 2022, 20 June 2022, 05 September 2022, 21 November 2022

Total Programme Fees: $21,600

Module Descriptions

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Network Security
  • Usable Security
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Cybersecurity Incident Management
  • Penetration Testing
  • Cybersecurity Project