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NEW ZEALAND DIPLOMA IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (Level 6)

The aim of this course is to produce graduates who have attained a range of Information Technology (IT) knowledge, specialist practices and technical skills in software development. The course will prepare graduates for employment in an entry-level developer or tester role, in a range of organisational contexts, or to proceed to further study. Graduates who have attained a New Zealand Diploma in Software Development Level 6 will have the technical skills and knowledge to apply for entry-level roles such as a Software Developer, a Web Developer, a Game Developer and a Mobile App Developer.

 

This course normally requires you to have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems Level 5 to be eligible for this course. Previous work or study experience may be considered.

What is a Software Development?

Software developers identify themselves as craftsmen and artisans, in an engineering, technical-problem-solving sense. Developers are highly competent, driven by technical achievement, and sceptical of everything.

The Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Software Development 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.
There are no mandatory prerequisites for the Diploma in Software Development; however, learners enrolling are recommended to hold one of the following qualifications.
  • NZQA Level 5 Diploma in Information Systems
  • Any other IT Diploma with core subjects in Digital Technologies
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • International students must have an appropriate level of English proficiency for the level at which they intend to study – IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
Below is the outline of the course dates. These are subject to change:
  • Term 1 2021 - 9th February 2021
Educational Pathways
Graduates of this qualification may progress to a computing degree or specialised qualification such as software testing or software security. This qualification may also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level and area of speciality. This qualification may provide an education pathway from:
    • NCEA Level 2 or 3 with appropriate credits in mathematics and digital technologies subjects
    • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) [Ref: 2594] – New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) [Ref: 2595]
    • New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2598]
    • Appropriate international certifications in software development Graduates of qualifications Ref: 2595 or 2598, who go on to further learning towards this qualification may be granted credit recognition and may only need to demonstrate competence for the additional skills and knowledge required.
Industry Pathways
We have a team of Industry Pathways Managers whose primary role is to bridge the gap between our New Zealand Diploma in Software Development and the IT industry. Software developers may progress to become senior developers, software architects, or IT managers. Software developers can specialise in the development, maintenance or enhancement of certain programs and software. They can also work in a range of areas including:
    • FullStack Developer
    • Mobile App Developer
    • Game Developer
    • Python Data Analyst

Level: 6

Credits: 120

Duration: 1 Year (4 terms)

NZQA Approved: Yes

IT Pathway: Software Development 

Next Intake: February 2021

Campus: Newmarket, Auckland

Pricing:

  • Fees Free*
  • Domestic Students: $9,425.00
  • International Students: $17,000.00
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