Course Overview

Do you want to learn how to develop apps, websites and online games? With this diploma, you’ll gain more advanced programming skills and knowledge.

You'll build on your previous study by learning how to write programs using design patterns, data structures and algorithms to meet specifications.

By studying current and emerging technologies you'll learn to apply your knowledge to solve technology issues in the workplace, such as designing and building a complex system and a website. You'll also learn how to add security protocols, use quality assurance techniques and write software documentation.

Smart, adaptable problem solvers with sound IT skills are always in high demand. If you're keen to further your studies in IT, check out our IT Study Pathways Diagram to see what your IT study journey can look like.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

If you have already completed the New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5), you can finish this course in 1 year.

Part-time study available

Total credits 240
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $6,584 per year for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Entry-level development or testing roles, in a range of organisational contexts.

Topics you'll cover

Year One

  • Information Technology Operations
  • Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving
  • Professional Practice
  • Enterprise
  • Interface Analysis and Design
  • Web Application Implementation
  • Application Testing and Maintenance
  • Programming OR Special Topic

Year Two

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Web Services and Design Methodologies
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Special Topic
  • Project

The diploma finishes with a 30 credit industry-style project that showcases the skills you've developed over the two years. This is the start of your professional portfolio, which you can show off to potential employers.

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $6,584 per year for domestic students

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There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.

Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For Levels 5, 6 and 7 certificate or diploma, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

Other Considerations

You are recommended to hold one of the following qualifications, or have equivalent knowledge, skills and experience:

English language requirements

IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • If you have already completed the New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5), you can finish this course in 1 year.
  • Part-time study available

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