Certificate in Information Technology

Course Code: CIT

Level: Certificate

Duration: 2 Years

Course Overview 

Information Technology (IT) continues to evolve at breathtaking speed. Understanding the opportunities and threats created by advances in IT is critical for modern-day IT Managers/Officers and this understanding will grow in importance as more and more business is conducted in “virtual” domains in the future. According to the world bank, ICTs have been reckoned globally as tools that can propel national development, promote sustainable development and enable economies to acquire, share and create new ideas, expertise, services and technologies locally, regionally and across the world.

The Certificate in Information Technology is a 4 semester Course. This Programme is designed to develop and enhance competencies for those either aspiring to be or those working as IT Officers/ Managers in the Public, Private and NGO sectors, or better yet, someone aspiring to become an entrepreneur in the IT space. The curriculum provides a broad range of theoretical, analytical and practical skills to develop and enhance IT knowledge and skills.


Admission Requirements

To gain admission into the Certificate in Information Technology (CIT) course, a candidate must, first of all, satisfy the general requirements for admission to BIT at Certificate level. In addition a candidate shall be eligible for admissions to the BIT programme on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:-

Direct Entry

A person may be admitted to the Certificate programme (entry into year one) via the Certificate scheme if the person has:

Either: Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE/O’level) with at least 3 subjects passed, obtained in one sitting

OR: Or a  lower short course Certificate of note less than 6 months training period in a relevant/related discipline from a recognized institution.

Certificate Entry Scheme

A person may be admitted to the diploma programme if the person has:

  • A Certificate in IT of at least Class II – Credit Division or
  • A Certificate in an area related to IT from a recognized institution, and at least five (5) passes at O-level obtained at the same sitting of the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).

Crediting the Certificate qualification, for those entering on the Diploma programme via the certificate entry scheme, will be done as follows to obtain the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for the year:

Unclassified certificates will be evaluated from the transcripts of courses offered.


Year One Semester One

  • CCS111  Introduction to Computing & IT
  • CCHN112 Introduction to Networking
  • CIT111  Internet & the Web
  • CIT114  Desktop Publishing
  • CJM115  Communication Skills

Year One Semester Two

  • CSAI123 Database Management Systems
  • CCS124 Introduction to Programming and Programming Methodology
  • CDM123 HTML, Web Development & E-Commerce Applications
  • CCS121 Operating Systems
  • CIT205 Basic Mathematics and Decision Making

Year Two Semester One

  • CCHN212 Applications, Installation, Maintenance and Support
  • CCS213 Information Systems
  • CMA212 Digital Marketing & Communication
  • CCHN214 Computer Networking Design and Implementation
  • CBA214 Research Methodology

Year Two Semester Two

  • CIT221 Internet Technology
  • CCHN224 Computer & Network Security
  • CCS221 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Technology
  • CSAI224 Data Warehousing
  • CIT225 Final Year Project/Thesis

Industrial training

  • CIT226 Industrial Attachment (8 weeks)


The career opportunities available to students with a Certificate in Information Technology vary greatly. Some of the more popular options include: IT Technicians, Computer Hardware Technicians, Database Technicians, and Computer Network Technicians, Programmers, among others.


Semester I

FeesFor NationalsFor International Students
Tuition (Per Semester)425,000/=$265
Functional Fees (Payable once a year)280,000/=$125

Semester II

FeesFor NationalsFor International Students
Tuition (Per Semester)425,000/=$265
Functional FeesN/AN/A