Diploma in Network Systems

Diploma in Network Systems

Working in Network Systems involves building and maintaining the digital infrastructure that keeps businesses and organisations connected and running efficiently. It is a field where you will constantly learn and adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.

This unique Diploma focuses on networking and telecommunication systems, including IT support practices and computer sciences. The programme also covers business management and ethics, giving you a competitive advantage in the job market.

What makes this qualification stand out is the opportunity to complete international professional certifications, such as CompTIA, Microsoft®, and Cisco™ examinations at Boston. Additionally, as a graduate of this programme, you can explore further specialisations by transitioning to a Boston Degree or Advanced Diploma. Diploma in Network Systems.

Dip (Network Systems)

Time to Complete:

3 (minimum) - 9 (maximum) Years

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed.

A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced placement into the diploma programme with due regard for the 50% credit transfer rule and guidelines of progression and articulation. For example, a Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120; or a Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Learners may opt to sit for International CompTIA, Microsoft and Cisco examinations at Boston City Campus. These fees are excluded but charged at cost.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal Support Office, Support or System Engineer, LAN Support
  • Junior Architect, Junior Network Administrator, Assistant Manager
  • Customer Relationship, Key Account Supervisor, IT Sales Technician
  • Installation or Product Representative Assistant/Assistant Manager
  • Site, Front or Back Office Area Specialise/Technician

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
Your endorsement says it all.
Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Systems Development 1 (Java)
  • IT Systems Management 1
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Technical Systems and Support (A+)
  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Praxis 1
Semester ASemester B
  • IT Systems Management 2
  • Business Ethics
  • Project Management
  • Praxis N2 (N+)
  • Systems Development 2B (Security+)
  • Network Systems 2A (Microsoft Azure Fundamentals)
  • Network Systems 2B (Microsoft Azure Administrator)
Semester ASemester B
  • IT Systems Management 3 (Virtual Computing)
  • Network Systems 3 (Linux+)
  • Praxis N3A (Ethical Hacking)
  • Telecommunications (Cisco)
  • IT Project Management 3
  • Praxis N3B (Cyber Law, Project Development & Execution)
  • Personal and Career Development

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS3 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of a 

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count forty percent (40%) towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1 and SA2 respectively, which will be charged for. Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information.

On completion of the programme, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user
  • Apply general business principles to real life situations
  • Manage technological resources in organisations
  • Demonstrate project management skills for technology
  • Develop and maintain network and telecommunication systems
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within organisations


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Diploma in Network Systems, NQF Level 6, SAQA ID 91921, minimum 364 credits from Boston City Campus.