New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. 

Note: The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022. For courses continuing/starting after 1 January 2023, partial or full fees may apply.

About this programme

This programme prepares students to work in the sought-after area of software development. Graduates of this programme gain key skills in coding, scripting and app development, and are able to analyse, design and develop software systems and solutions in a range of organisational contexts.

Programme Structure

The New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) makes up the first year of this 2-year diploma.

What you will learn

The qualification is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application domains, such as general Application Development, Web Development, Games Development, and Mobile Applications Development.

Technical skills

  • Analyse requirements, design and document software solutions for a range of problems in an organisational context.

  • Write and maintain programs using design patterns, data structures and algorithms to meet specifications.

  • Apply a range of software quality assurance techniques to verify correctness of systems.

  • Apply data management and storage technologies to support the software application and the development process.

  • Establish application security by integrating security principles throughout software development to ensure system integrity.

  • Choose, justify and apply architecture, technologies, and tools, to implement the software solution.

  • Apply IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements in a software development context.

Core Skills

  • Apply project management tools and techniques to an IT related project, to analyse and solve problems.

  • Behave with integrity as a responsible Information Technology professional to contribute positively to society.

  • Apply communication, information design, personal and interpersonal skills clearly and professionally to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in an organisational environment.

Courses in this programme

A New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) is awarded when students have achieved 240 credits, including all compulsory courses as listed in the programme structure.

For the first year courses, please see the New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5).

Courses (Year 2) Level Credits
6639.6010 - Systems Analysis and Design 6 15
6639.6011 - Web Services and Design Methodologies 6 15
6639.6012 - Algorithms and Data Structures 6 15
6639.6013 - Data Management 6 15
6639.6014 - Project Management 6 15
6639.6015 - Project 2 6 30
6639.6016 - Special Topic 2 6 15

Entry Requirements

Students enrolling are recommended to hold one of the following qualifications, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience:

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualifications Gained

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


2 years

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International Fees (2022): $11,200.00 (Year 2 fee)

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Phone 0800 162 100
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