Software Development level 5

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The purpose of this qualification is to produce graduates who have attained sufficient Information Systems (IS) skills to proceed to further study or be employed in an entry-level IS role. Graduates who have attained a New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems Level 5 will have the technical skills and knowledge to apply for entry-level roles such as a Junior Software Developer or Junior Business Analyst. This qualification leads to the second year of studying towards a New Zealand Diploma in Software Development Level 6.

What is a Junior Software Developer?

Software developers develop, test and maintain computer software, websites and software applications. They also prepare the documentation of users and business requirements as well as reports on software testing analysis. They assist their team in each part of the Software Development Life Cycle.

The Level 5 Diploma in Information Systems is designed to help our learners gain the working knowledge and basic understanding of Data Modelling and Software Development. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to become a Junior Software Developer
There are no mandatory prerequisites for this qualification. Learners enrolling are recommended to hold one of the following qualifications, or equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • NCEA Level 2 or 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)
  • Age: Applicants must be 17 years or more if domestic and 18 years or older if international.
Below is the outline of the course dates. These are subject to change:
  • Term 1 2021 - 9th February 2021
Educational Pathways This qualification provides a pathway to a Level 6 specialist IT qualification. This may include:
    • New Zealand Diploma in Networking (Level 6) [Ref: 2600]
    • New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6) [Ref: 2601]
    • New Zealand Diploma in Database Administration (Level 6) [Ref: 2602]
    • New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems with strands in Business Analysis, User Experience, IT Project Management, Information Systems Innovation (Level 6) [Ref: 2603]
    • New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) [Ref: 2604]
Other intended pathways include undergraduate degree qualifications. This qualification may also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level and area of specialty. This qualification provides an education pathway from:
    • NCEA Level 2 or 3
    • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3) [Ref: 2592]
    • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User) (Level 4) [Ref: 2593]
    • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) [Ref: 2594]
    • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) [Ref: 2595] Graduates of Ref: 2595 may be granted credit recognition toward this qualification.
Industry Pathways We have a team of Industry Pathways Managers whose primary role is to bridge the gap between our New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology and the IT industry. For our Level 5 graduates, gaining employment as an entry-level Software Developer is paramount. We pride ourselves on having the best connections in the industry and being able to provide the industry with technically sound, hard-working, and certified graduates. Here are just a few of the roles you could gain:
    • Technical Writer
    • Business Analyst (Entry Level)
    • Application Adminstrator(Entry Level)
    • Project Administrator(Entry Level)
Students who have completed this computer course will be able to demonstrate broad technical and theoretical knowledge of hardware, software, and methods of programming as well as methods of analysing needs, costs and benefits. Students will also be able to select and apply solutions to everyday IT problems as well as demonstrate responsibility for the management, learning and performance outcomes of others within the IT industry. Other key learning outcomes include:
  • Consult with management, staff, and customers on how work is done in an organisation
  • Design computer solutions to improve organisation efficiency and productivity
  • Write functional requirements for computer systems using models and diagrams
  • Work out the new systems’ requirements and specifications
  • Decide if computers or new software’s applications are required.
  • Make cost estimates and business cases for different software options
  • Oversee the system’s development including design, choice of hardware and computer programs.
  Purpose of this course: The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have attained a broad understanding of the core concepts and practical skills in Information Systems (IS), with a Business Analysis focus . It will equip people for employment in roles such as Data Analyst, Business Analyst, Technical Writer and Project management. Graduates will have an awareness of the IT environment and Software Development life cycle, appreciate the needs of users and business owners, and be able to provide IT project management support. They will also be able to operate within the applicable professional standards and practice, as part of a team, or independently with a broad level of supervision. Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit by having IT Professionals with technical support skills that will be internationally relevant.   Graduate Profile:
  • Apply core project management skills to contribute to information technology (IT) related project.
  • Apply core business modelling skills to information systems development.
  • Apply core skills in user experience, human-computer interaction and user interface design to information systems design.
  • Apply core skills in data modelling, database concepts and database management as part of a team to create systems that meet organisational requirements.
  • Produce technical documentation for a variety of applications and audiences using different media to enhance system development, usage and maintenance.
  • Support the building and deployment of software systems to meet organisational requirements.
  • Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements.
  • Apply the fundamentals of interaction design concepts and practice to enhance interface design.
  • Apply the principles of software development to create simple working applications.
  • Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner

Level: 5

Credits: 120

Duration: 1 Year (4 terms)

NZQA Approved: Yes

IT Pathway: Software Development

Next Intake: February 2021

Campus: Newmarket, Auckland


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