Information Technology

Course Description

2017-05-10_14-40-23 (1)The St Patrick’s Technical College Information Technology program prepares you for a career across a wide range of ICT areas including technical support, network administration, web technologies, software applications and digital media technologies.

This program features a Certificate III level Information Technology qualification as part of a pathway to Diploma and Degree level qualifications post-school.

Information Technology students at StPatsTech undertake projects designed by Software Engineers from Saab Australia and DXC Technology as part of the Australian Government’s $5.1 million P-TECH project. Projects span Saab Australia’s capabilities in Adelaide including air, land, naval, security, civil aerospace and mixed reality applications.

The P-TECH – Saab Australia and DXC Technology projects give you the opportunity to apply your learning from the College’s industry-focused STEM curriculum plus the Information Technology qualification that forms part of your program. Key personnel from Saab Australia and DXC Technology, including software engineers and technicians, work with you on the projects and as mentors throughout the program.

This program is part of the StPatsTech School of Engineering & Transport. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure

StPatsTech-Machine-ITAll students at StPatsTech study a nationally-accredited technical / vocational qualification while completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Industry Focused SACE
> General Mathematics
> Mathematics
> Physics
> Design Technology (Systems & Control Products)

Work Ready Skills
> Essential English
> Skills for Life
> Workplace practices
> Cross-disciplinary Studies

Vocational Training
> Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT30115)

Our fully integrated courses mean you don’t sacrifice your high school education while undertaking vocational training, either through one of our certificate courses or through our School-based Apprenticeship program.

All subjects at StPatsTech are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is an industry relevant and highly practical TAFE SA course.

Curriculum Information

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Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT30115)

tafe-logo-with-rto-codeThis qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a wide range of general Information and Communications Technology (ICT) technical functions and to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency as an advanced ICT user.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.


In the study of mathematics students participate in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. The subject gives students the abilities and skills required in the workplace and in everyday life. Students also learn to appreciate, experience and understand mathematics as a growing body of knowledge in contemporary situations. They learn how to approach new challenges by investigating, modelling, reasoning, visualising, and problem-solving, with the goal of communicating to others the relationships observed and problems solved.


This subject focuses on the application of Physics in trade based situations. It enables students to develop their knowledge of the principles and concepts that underpin these applications and hence prepare the students to move into school-based apprenticeships or traineeships. Learning is based on the following three topics: Electricity- Static and Current, Magnetism- Fields and Electromagnetic Induction and Waves – Sound and Light – and is based on practical investigations that allow students to critically evaluate their procedures and results before drawing conclusions.

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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers' rights and responsibilities and career planning. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

ICT30115 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Code Unit Title
ICTICT302 Install and optimise operating system software
ICTSAS308 Run standard diagnostic tests
ICTSAS304 Provide basic system administration
BSBWHS304 Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultative processes
ICTICT203 Operate application software packages
ICTPRG301 Apply introductory programming techniques
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
ICTICT308 Use advanced features of Computer Applications
ICTSAS307 Install, configure and secure a small office home office network
ICTWEB302 Build simple website using commercial software
ICTICT304 Implement system software changes
ICTNWK419 Identify and use current virtualisation technologies
ICTICT301 Create user documentation
ICTICT307 Customise packaged software applications for clients
BSBITU311 Use simple relational databases
ICTICT409 Develop macros and templates for clients using standard products
ICTICT202 Work and communicate effectively in an ICT environment

Work Experience

StPatsTech is focused on helping you move into the workforce. Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge when it comes to applying for a job.

Embedded in all the subjects that make up the Work Ready Skills program you’ll discover the key skills that employers are looking for and how you can develop them:

  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Digital literacy
  • Problem solving

To help you develop these skills and introduce you to potential employers, the College conducts an extensive Work Experience program. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of six weeks of placement in the world of work per year.



The StPatsTech Software Engineering program includes opportunities for students to commence a School-based Traineeship during Year 12.

StPatsTech is the School-based Apprenticeship & Traineeship (SbAT) specialist.

SbAT is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbAT at StPatsTech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

The flexible approach to SbATs at StPatsTech means that your time at work is maximised giving you the opportunity to complete your traineeship at the same time as finishing your SACE with support from the College.

Career Pathways

People working at this level will support information technology activities in the workplace across a wide range of ICT areas, including technical support, network administration, web technologies, software applications and digital media technologies

Career opportunities in the industry include:

  • Network Administration
  • PC Support
  • ICT Operations Support
  • Help Desk Officer
  • Technical Support Officer