Study a Higher Certificate in IT

Should You Study a Higher Certificate in IT?

Certificate in IT qualifications are an excellent option for people who do not have the time or money to spend multiple years studying towards a higher education qualification or who want to gain a specialised set of skills to quickly enter the working world. They can also provide entry to further higher education study opportunities for people who don’t quite meet the entry requirements for a diploma or degree in IT.

Having said that, not all higher education certificate courses are created equal, and it is crucial to do your research to choose one that best meets your current circumstances and future goals. In this article, we will compare several higher education certificate qualifications, including the Higher Certificate in IT, to help you decide which to pursue at a higher education level.

Higher Certificate in IT

  • NQF: Level 5
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialisation: None
  • Offered at Belgium Campus iTversity: No

The Higher Certificate in IT gives students foundational knowledge and skills in a broad range of information technology areas, including computer hardware, software, databases, networking, information systems, information security, and programming. If you are unsure which area you would like to specialise in, the Higher Certificate in IT could help you determine this.

National Certificate in IT

  • NQF: Level 5
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialisation: Systems Development
  • Offered at Belgium Campus iTversity: Yes

This higher education qualification focuses on systems development and will give you an in-depth understanding of designing, building, and implementing information technology systems. The specialised knowledge and skills you will gain will equip you to pursue a career in the software development industry in areas including software development, systems analysis, or software engineering.

Certificate in IT

  • NQF: Level 6
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialisation: Database Development
  • Offered at Belgium Campus iTversity: Yes


The Certificate in IT is the perfect course for students interested in databases who want to pursue a career in database administration, data analysis, or database development. It will give you theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to managing and working with databases, including database design, querying, administration, and optimization.

Study a Certificate in IT at Belgium Campus iTversity

Belgium Campus iTversity is a private higher education institution specialising in IT qualifications of the highest standard. Although Belgium Campus does not offer a Higher Certificate in IT, the institution does offer the other two certificate qualifications outlined in this article.

As purely vocational programmes, either of these qualifications will give you hands-on, specialised knowledge to quickly launch your career in systems or database development or the necessary foundation to qualify for further studies in IT.

Need More Information?

Are you interested in pursuing one of the certificate qualifications offered at the private higher education institution Belgium Campus iTversity? Feel free to send us an email at info@belgiumcampus.ac.za or give us a call on 010 593 5368, and we will help you take the first step towards achieving a higher education qualification and unlocking a successful career in IT.

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