Computer geniuses who can rewire a system and architect web wonders will have their brilliance brought to life with the Higher Certificate in PC Engineering.
Why this course is perfect for you?
Are you a technical mastermind that revels in the word of code? Do you have a gift for understanding complicated computer programmes? If so, then ensure a glitch-free future with the Higher Certificate in PC Engineering.
PC Engineers are specialists in assembling, configuring and understanding the hardware (the body) and software (the mind) of personal computer systems. In a company they are responsible for managing the IT networks, setting up routers and wireless hubs, troubleshooting a malfunction, installing PC security systems and providing technical support to the team. For this reason, they need excellent knowledge of the PC system, good communication skills and excellent customer service abilities.
In the digital age the role of PC engineers has become extremely important because without their skills set, no employee who requires a computer to work would be able to accomplish their daily tasks. The Higher Certificate in PC Engineering offers a broad knowledge of information and communication technology principles, and fundamental knowledge of digital electronics to provide you with ‘windows’ of opportunities in your career.
Why study with Damelin?
As soon as you join the Damelin family, you become part of a network of students, lecturers and friends, who will assist and support you during this exciting journey in your life. Our courses are designed to make your learning as comfortable as possible, with facilities that allow you to build your career in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our lecturers will provide all the support and guidance you require, so you leave Damelin with an unforgettable campus experience.
How to get in?
Registering for the Higher Certificate in PC Engineering is simple. We have various touch-points for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in an online enquiry form, or pop into one of our 17 campuses nationwide, where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.
- A Grade 12 Certificate with admission to diploma studies
- An achievement rating of 3 (40% - 49%) in 4 recognised 20 credit bearing subjects
- Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
- English at grade 12/NQF level 4 or equivalent
- Age Exemption (23 years or older)
- At least five years post-Secondary School experience in the field in which the student wish to study and
- Proof of English language proficiency and
- National Senior Certificate or equivalent
- Mature age applicants, 45 years and older without a school leaving qualification, may apply for conditional exemption
- Foreign Students whose first language is not English, may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English prior to admission to the programme
Time you will spend on the course
This is a one-year course, with the option to attend either full-time or part-time classes during the week. A year planner and academic calendar is available at the start of the year with dates and times of classes and campus activities to help you plan your schedule.
Course content and modules
You will cover these modules during the duration of your diploma.
YEAR 1: SEMESTER MODULES
*Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated.
Basic Hardware 1A*
Computer Systems Maintenance
Basic Electronics and Digital Electronics
End User Computing***
Basic Hardware 1B*
Data Communications and Networks
Work Integrated Learning**
** 120 hours of WIL is required to complete this course. WIL is a programme that helps students apply what they’ve learned in a real work setting while earning credits for their qualification.
***Students will be given an opportunity to complete the EUC entrance exam. Should a student pass the exam they will be exempted from attending tuition for this module and credits will be awarded.
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Materials to stay ahead
A list of prescribed textbooks will be made available at the start of the course. You will also receive an electronic version (e-guide) of this course. Textbooks are excluded from the course fee.
Careers you’d be great at
- PC Engineer
- Network Administrator
- Data Processor
- Web Developer
- PC Support Assistant
- Systems Analysis and Design Manager
- Computer Support Specialist
The strength in your qualification
Full Time and Part Time I SAQA ID: 67293 I NQF Level: 5 I Credits: 145 I Course Type: National Qualification