New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)

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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

The New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) is designed for those seeking to develop and apply skills in the concept and execution of web development and interface design.

Graduates will be capable of operating within the applicable professional standards and practice, both independently and collaboratively as part of a team under broad supervision, with skills that are internationally relevant.

Programme Structure

This programme is offered as a Software Development Pathway and includes two qualifications over two years.

What you will learn

Technical skills

  • Determine client requirements, prepare and present solution(s) which meet client requirements.

  • Write scripts appropriate to implement and customise a solution package using frameworks and libraries.

  • Design and implement interfaces to enhance user experience and functionality.

  • Select, install and configure appropriate plug-in modules to supplement functionality to meet organisational requirements.

  • Test functionality and usability to meet client requirements.

  • Implement, configure, and publish tested web solution to meet client requirements.

Core IT skills

  • Apply communication, personal and interpersonal skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role.

  • Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional.

  • Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice to support and enhance organisational processes and systems.

  • Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements.

Education pathway

Graduates may progress to a higher level qualification in computing IT or to the digital design area. This may include the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6).

This qualification may also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level and area of specialty.

Graduates of New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) may be granted credit recognition towards this qualification.

Courses in this programme

To complete this programme, students must achieve a minimum of 120 credits.

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
6639.5001 - Information Technology Operations 5 15
6639.5002 - Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving 5 15
6639.5003 - Professional Practice 5 15
6639.5004 - Enterprise 5 15
6639.5005 - Interface Analysis and Design 5 15
6639.5006 - Web Application Implementation 5 15
6639.5007 - Application Testing and Maintenance 5 15
6639.5008 - Programming OR 6639.5009 - Special Topic 5 15

Entry Requirements

Students enrolling are recommended to hold the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4), or equivalent skills, knowledge 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 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualifications Gained

New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)

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


1 academic year

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International Fees (2022): $18,720

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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