Diploma in Software Development

This programme is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application domains such as application development, web development, games development, and mobile application development.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to achieve a qualification in software development that meets industry standards for appropriately qualified information technology employees.

Upon completion, you will be able to enter employment in development or testing roles, in a range of organisational contexts.

Study this programme without paying fees as part of the Government TTAF initiative.

Key dates

July 2022 Intake 25 • 07 • 22
October 2022 Intake 10 • 10 • 22
February 2023 Intake 20 • 02 • 23
May 2023 Intake 08 • 05 • 23
July 2023 Intake 24 • 07 • 23
October 2023 Intake 09 • 10 • 23

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Duration

2 years full-time, part-time study available in Auckland + Wellington + Christchurch

Qualification

Diploma in Software Development, 240 credits

Costs

Domestic Year One $7,300 + $300 Student Services Levy
International Year One $18,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
Fees Free Applies
All 2022 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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Diploma in Software Development Course Outline

This programme is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application domains such as application development, web development, games development, and mobile application development.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to achieve a qualification in software development that meets industry standards for appropriately qualified information technology employees.

Upon completion, you will be able to enter employment in development or testing roles, in a range of organisational contexts.

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Programme Structure

The Level 6 NZ Diploma in Software Development is a 240-credit programme, consisting of 14 x 15 credit courses and one x 30 credit project. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to two years (72 weeks excluding study breaks).

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Qualification Outcomes

  • 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 the correctness of systems.
  • Apply data management and storage technologies to support the software application and 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.
  • Apply project management tools and techniques to an IT-related project, to analyse and solve problems.
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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)

The Level 6 Diploma in Software Development is offered fees-free to all Domestic Students as part of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) is a Government initiative making all sub-degree vocational and apprenticeship programmes free for learners. It is targeted towards industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of Covid-19.

The TTAF fund will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.

To find out more, check out the FAQs on the Tertiary Education Commission website here.

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:


International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Academic and work experience documentation - e.g. academic transcripts, employer referrals etc.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • Diploma in Web Development and Design or equivalent skills and knowledge


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 


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Where could this programme take you?

Upon completion, you will be able to enter employment in development or testing roles, in a range of organisational contexts.

Jobs related to this programme


• IT Systems

• Data Handling and Web Concepts

• Professional Practice

• Programming Principles

• Business Analysis and Solution Design

• Client-side Development

• Data Structures & Algorithms

• Game Development

• Application Security and Server-side Development

• Data Access & Management

• Web Services

• Mobile Development

• Software Testing & Maintenance

• Agile Project Management

• Software Project

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