Diploma: Information and Communications Technology in Applications Development

Also applies to the Extended Programme

Offering Type: Full-Time 

Delivery Site: Potsdam

Duration: 3 years; 4 years (Extended Programme)


The purpose of this diploma is to provide a professional and vocational qualification for the ICT industry, combining theory and practical exposure to enable a graduate (diplomate) to conceptualise, design, implement and test, reliable and cost-effective application development solutions to address industry-related ICT initiatives.

Career Opportunities

Programmer, systems developer, database administrator, systems analyst, support specialist with numerous entrepreneurial opportunities.

Exit Level Outcomes

The qualifying learner should have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with all role players related to the ICT field the learner will operate in.
  • Develop computer programs to demonstrate the ability to store, locate and retrieve information from different data sources
  • Analyse user needs and produce a suitable specification for a system, covering a medium-sized business problem
  • Create and modify general computer applications software or specialised utility programs for standalone and distributed environments including the web environment
  • Deploy a suitable, secure software solution based on a given scenario demonstrating an understanding of systems architectures
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of HCI concepts and practices in the ICT industry.

Admission Requirements

  • NSC: Endorsement: Bachelor/Diploma. English - 4 (50-59%), Mathematics - 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy - 5 (60-69%)
  • SC: Endorsement: Full exemption/School leaving. English First language HG-E or SG-D OR English Second language HG-D or SG-C, Mathematics HG-E or SG-D
  • NCV(4): Endorsement: Bachelor/Diploma. English - 50%, Life Orientation – 50%, Mathematics – 50 % OR Mathematics Literacy – 60% plus 60% for any of the three subjects - Systems Analysis and Design, Data Communication and Networking, Computer Programming, Physical Science.
  • In addition to the above criteria, the Department may require the candidate to appear for a selection test and/or apply selection and ranking criteria.