Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications

Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications (BNeT) 0101638

Key Facts

CRICOS Course Code 0101638
Course Id CRS1400451
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Upon successful completion, the award conferred is recognised in the AQF at Level 7
Full Time 3 years (6 Semesters)
Part Time 6 years (Domestic students only – see below) (12 Semesters)
Units 24
Credit points 240 credit points
Campus Location Level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000
English Language Requirements  IELTS 6.0 overall with no band less than 6.0
Delivery mode Blended: on-campus face-to-face with some online content and activities
Outcome Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunication
Pathways post completion This Degree upon successful completion will meet AQF requirements of an AQF level 7 that would allow a pathway to postgraduate studies including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree.
Financing Options This course is offered as a Fee for service course and is available to both Domestic and International Students.
Intakes PIA accepts intakes each semester into this Degree

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications (BNeT) course is grounded in foundational mathematics, programming, networking and telecommunications units. These skills and knowledge are then built on in a series of units covering the main areas of today’s Networking and Telecommunications industry, including the following: cloud computing; wireless and mobile technologies; operating systems; IP networks; switched and routed networks; optical transmission networks; MPLS networking; and Voice over IP.

Course Learning Outcomes

CLO1 A demonstrate your understanding of a body of knowledge including recent developments in the area of networking and telecommunications networks
CLO2 Demonstrate a developed understanding of the principles of networks and telecommunications engineering
CLO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying the planning and management of networks and telecommunications
CLO 4 Apply mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of theoretical and practical problems
CLO 5 Demonstrate creativity and initiative in application of analytical, problem-solving and design skills to networks and telecommunications
CLO 6 To successfully work independently with personal accountability in solving problems in networks and telecommunications
CLO 7 Demonstrate high-level oral and written communication skills
CLO 8 To apply your knowledge to design, investigate and solve specific problems in the area of networking and telecommunications and their applications through directed studies or projects in the form of internships with industry or research providers.

Graduate Attributes

GA1 Communicate effectively in a diverse range of professional or community context
GA 2 Complete work tasks and assignments independently or as an effective member of multidisciplinary teams
GA 3 Engage in and value life-long learning leading to the enhancement of professional knowledge and skills
GA 4 Are information and technology literate
GA 5 Respond appropriately to a changing workforces, cultures and values reflecting a global work environment
GA 6 Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making abilities essential to contributing soundly to the resolution of issues confronting organisations
GA 7 Facilitate intellectual curiosity
GA 8 Act in an ethical manner in all aspects of professional life.


The Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA):

The Diploma of Networking Technology is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

International Student Duration

The CRICOS-registered duration is 156 weeks or 3 years of full-time study (6 semesters). Please note the part time mode is not available to a holder of a student visa, who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who is not an Australian permanent resident, or who is a temporary resident of Australia.

Domestic Student Duration

For domestic students the BNeT course is 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Course Structure and Course Progression Rules



YEAR 1 (Semester 1 or 2)
1 ICT104 Fundamentals of computer system hardware and software Core None
1 NTW100 Introduction to computer networking Core None
1 ICT101 Mathematics for computing Core NSW HSC Band 4 for English and Band 3 in Advanced Mathematics or Band 4 in Standard 2 Mathematics or equivalent
1 GBU100 Professional Business Communications Core None
2 NTW101 Principles of network administration Core NTW100
2 ICT102 Foundations of programming Core None
2 ICT103 Introduction to telecommunications systems Core None
2 GBU200 Business ethics and corporate social responsibility Core None
YEAR 2 (Semester 1 or 2)
1 ICT200 Cloud computing Core ICT102, ICT103, NTW100
1 NTW202 Mobile and wireless technologies Core ICT103, NTW100
1 ICT201 Operating Systems and administration Core ICT100, ICT101
1 NTW201 Scalable IP networks Core ICT103, NTW100
2 NTW200 Implementing switched and routed networks Core NTW100, NTW101
2 NTW203 Network Security Core NTW101
2 ICT202 Enterprise virtualisation Core ICT103, NTW100
2 ICT300 Broadband access technologies and networks Core ICT103, NTW100
YEAR 3 (Semester 1 or 2)
1 NTW300 Optical transmission networks Core ICT103, NTW100
1 NTW301 Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Networking Core NTW201
1 NTW302 Interior routing protocols and their implementation Core NTW201
1 NTW303 Telecommunications network management Core NTW101
2 PDV300 ICT Project Core ICT101, GBU100, ICT102, ICT200, NTW202, ICT201, NTW201, NTW200, NTW203, ICT202, and ICT300
2 ITC303 Unified Communications Core ICT103, NTW100
2 ITC304 Long Term Evolution (LTE) Technologies Elective NTW202
NTW304 Border gateway protocols (BGP) Elective NTW302
NTW305 Virtual private LAN services (VPLS) Elective NTW301
NTW306 Quality of service (QOS) Elective NTW301, NTW302
NTW307 Optical network design and planning Elective NTW300
NTW308 Radio network design and planning Elective NTW202

Please Note

  • The program is available each intake but note that some units of study are subject to quotas and minimum enrolment requirements.
  • Not all units of study are available every semester, and changes in course structure occur from time to time.

Device Specifications

Networking and Telecommunication
Operating system Windows 10, 11
  Mac OS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina
 Browser Safari, Chrome, and Firefox – current version
  Microsoft Edge – latest version
Internet Explorer – current or immediately previous version
Computer and processor 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set
Memory Minimum 8 GB RAM (64-bit), 16 GB(Recommended)
Disk space Minimum 500 gigabytes (GB)
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768

Delivery Method

Type Explanation
Blended Blended: on-campus face-to-face with some online content and activities
  The campus delivered location is level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street Sydney

Assessment Methods

The Institute uses authentic assessment principles that may include practical exercises, case studies, presentations, reports, online simulations, essays, and examinations. These may include being done under invigilation.

Exit and Career Outcomes

Exit Outcomes

To obtain the Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications (BNeT), candidates are required to successfully complete all 24 units (with a minimum of 12 units, 50%, completed at the Institute). Not all units are offered each semester. If you complete the 8 100 level units with the Institute (either at the Institute or with Advanced Standing not exceeding 4 of the 100 level units), you will be eligible to obtain the Diploma of Networking Technology (DipNT).

Career Outcomes

A career in one of the fastest growing professions. The rapid development and evolution in global information structures, cloud, web, and mobile technologies has seen businesses (Telcos, retailers, banks, educational institutions and so on) all face major challenges in providing networks that are accessible and secure. The need for specialists who can design, build, maintain, support, and protect these networks is growing.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary qualification (or recognised equivalent) with the equivalent of a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60 and
    • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard English; and
    • NSW (or equivalent) Band 3 Advanced Mathematics; or
    • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard 2 Mathematics.
  • An equivalent secondary qualification overseas that also meets the mathematics requirement above; or
  • An accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an accredited Australian provider that also meets the mathematics requirement above; or
  • One year of completed accredited full-time study at a registered institution of tertiary education at AQF level 5 or above that also meets the mathematics requirement above.

International Students

Students who have not completed an Australian Year 12 qualification may be admitted into the program through the flexible entry mode.

  • An equivalent secondary qualification overseas; or
  • An accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university; or
  • One year of successful full-time study in an accredited course at a university or other higher education provider; or
  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian university

Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements

Applicants who are 21 years of age or over who have not completed Year 12, or its equivalent may gain entry to a course by addressing one of the following entry requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre; or
  2. Submission of a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work; or

Applicants applying under special admission categories will be required to attend an interview with the Dean to assess the applicant’s capacity for higher education studies. The applicant should submit a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work prior to the interview to assist in the assessment process.

The criteria used by the Dean when approving applicants for admission into a course under special or alternative admission arrangements include:

  • capacity to pursue tertiary studies;
  • motivation to pursue tertiary studies in the discipline of the chosen course;
  • demonstrated potential for academic studies based on the applicant’s portfolio;
  • relevant professional and industry experience; and
  • specific consideration of access issues for ATSI’s.

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English, must demonstrate competency in the English language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing certified evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (or equivalent alternative test result, as follows), issued no more than two (2) years prior to date of application:

IELTS Academic 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 83 13 21 12 18
PTE Academic 58 50 50 50 50
C1A 180 169 169 169 169
C2P 180 169 169 169 169
OET C+ C+ C/C+ C/C+
KITE B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450)
Duolingo* 115 110 110 110 110

* Under trial

Note that the most recent attempt at any language proficiency test supersedes any previous attempts (irrespective of those test results) or requirements.

English Language Test results are valid for two years from the date of the results up to the date of commencement at the Institute. The most recent test supersedes ALL previous tests.

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

Successful completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma or above with at least one (1) year of full-time study in English at an Australian registered vocational or higher education.

Applicants who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements must enrol in an English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program at PIA or a provider of their own choice.


Where student have applied to undertake an ELICOS course through an alternate provider they must provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for an ELICOS program in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), for a duration of at least twelve (12) weeks for every 0.5 below 6.0 overall or subsection IELTS or equivalent result, prior to application, and evidence of successful completion must be provided prior to enrolling in the PIA course.

Attendance Requirements

The Institute has enforceable requirements in relation to attendance. Further details are provided at Item 20 of the Terms and Conditions.

Advance Standing

Granting credit for prior learning ensures that students commence study at a level that appropriately recognises their prior learning experiences and are not required to repeat equivalent learning successfully undertaken in another context. Process for applying for Advance Standing (credit) can be found in the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Polytechnic Institute Australia Pty Ltd

CRICOS: 03535M

TEQSA provider number: PRV14049

ABN: 34 145 333 795

Head office and postal address

Level 16, 233 Castlereagh St

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (+612) 8319 8202