Information Technology

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Higher Diploma in Information and Network Security


The following section presents the information of Full Time Programmes offered in September 2018.

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Programme General Information

Type of Programme
Subvented Programme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Planned Places 60
Average result of admitted students in 2015 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained" and an "Attained with Distinction" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of DVE award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to develop students’ knowledge and practical problem-solving and analytical skills for the analysis, design and implementation of computer systems with an emphasis on information security.
This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates will be able to take positions as Information Security Officers, Network Administrators / Engineers and Network and System Security Engineer.
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. Degree programmes in local universities :
    • City University of Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The Open University of Hong Kong
  2. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus) :
    • Coventry University, UK
    • University of the West of England, UK
  3. Other Universities in UK and Australia
Professional Recognition
Recognition from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) is being sought.
  1. Average result in 2015 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2015 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme name, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


Semester 1
  • English & Communication : Workplace Interactions
  • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement
  • Information Technology Essentials - Technical
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Database Principles
Semester 2
  • English & Communication : Reports
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
  • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Server Administration
  • Internet Programming
Semester 3
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
  • Topics in Information Security
  • Internetworking Technologies
  • System Administration and Security Project
Semester 4
  • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Servers and Services Security Management
  • Information Systems Security Audit
  • Accessing WAN
  • IT Professionalism
  • Final Year Project
Semester 5
  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Advanced Network Security
  • Enrichment Module
  • Security for eBusiness
  • Final Year Project 
Semester 1 - 5
  • Industrial Attachment