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 Developer?

Software developers and engineers write, test, develop, deploy and maintain complex computer software programmes. For example, they may be involved in developing software that helps doctors and hospitals to manage data and allocate work to different specialists; writing the code that runs on networking devices such as routers and switches; building custom software for business clients; creating mobile applications or writing software for aircraft simulators. There are no limits to what you can do!


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.

Level 6 Software Development Diploma
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
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
Following this New Zealand diploma course (Diploma in Software Development) you will be able to:

  • Advance your code in C# using Visual Studio and program in Python which is perfect for data science
  • Enhance your web development skills using ASP.NET and REST APIs
  • Learn version control using Git and Github
  • Develop mobile applications
  • Implement advanced UI keeping in mind universal accessibility and software architecture patterns such as MVC (Model View Controller)
  • Test your creativity with game development and shift from being a gamer to becoming a game developer
  • Apply current best practices in IT security, encryption and privacy
  • Discover emerging technologies like AI
  • Learn to use CI/CD to automatically build and deploy applications through different environments using Azure DevOps
  • Enhance your cloud computing skills by exploring and utilizing various Azure services.
Massey University, College of Sciences and Techtorium have an Articulation Agreement (the Agreement) sets the terms and understanding between Massey University, College of Sciences and Techtorium NZIIT as follows:

The agreement provides an opportunity for Techtorium graduates, who have completed the Diploma information Systems (Level 5) and the NZ Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) programme to transfer credits towards the Massey University, Bachelor of Information Sciences – Information Technology major. This understanding also allows graduates to complete 120 credits towards the Bachelor of Information Sciences – Information Technology major at Massey University.

With the successful completion of the degree requirements the students will then become eligible to graduate with full recognition of the bachelor qualification.

So far, we have successfully sent 13 Techtorium Graduates through the Massey University bachelor's programme.

Level: 6

Credits: 120

Duration: 1 Year

NZQA Approved: Yes

IT Pathway: Software Development 

Study Options: On Campus

Next Intake: July 2024

Campus: Newmarket, Auckland

Domestic Pricing:

  • $9848.59

International Pricing:

  • $20,000
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