Information Technology is a rapidly growing industry, and web and software developers are in high demand (Refer to MBIE Occupation Outlook). The NZ Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) is a two year "Full-Stack" information technology course that will prepare you for entry into the IT industry.
The first year of the diploma focuses on Web Development and Web Design, teaching you basic coding skill - the languages used behind most websites today and taking them from determining client needs to choosing CMS, utilising databases, designing the user experience and configuring a website.
The second year develops your coding skills and leads to creating immersive websites in ASP.NET Core 2, using cutting-edge technologies. Along the way, we will cover database integration, write clean code in C#, and use Object Orientated Programming principles. All skills you need for any career in Software Engineering. We also create mobile apps in Xamarin, which can run on Android and IOS cellphones.
When you study our 2-year full-time software development course, you will have more practical time learning and writing code than most 3-year degrees. This means no peripheral papers or unrelated subjects, as required in most university degrees.
This programme only requires 2-days a week in class with the additional option of one-on-one tutorials available when needed. This allows you to do self-directed study and part-time work. Small class sizes allow our tutors to be hands-on with their students learning.
Some of our graduates have moved into software development roles across a wide range of industries, such as education and e-learning, shipping and freight, healthcare, business and data management and artificial intelligence.
No University Entrance is required for this programme.
Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you
enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.
Advanced Web Devlopment
Object Orientated Programming and Data Structures
Software Testing and Security
Mobile Application Development
New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)
Our Information Technology courses require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College
The minimum specifications required for this course:
Optional Items include:
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.
Software developers develop and maintain computer software and websites.
User experience (UX) designers design the way websites and software applications (apps) look and work, based on what users need.
Game developers write, design, program, animate, and test games and applications for computers, gaming consoles, and cellphones
No, learning the basic constructs of most programming languages will give you the tools you need to understand elementary logic and algorithms, which themselves can be a very good introduction to applied mathematics. Logical thinking and reasoning, coupled with an investigative mind, are far more important skills to have over being a math genius.
Some students may wish to exit after completing the first year of the 2 year New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6), and gain the New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5). In order to gain full-stack development skills, we would strongly encourage you to complete both years of the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) qualification. The reason we encourage this 2 year journey of study is because the job prospects for Software Developers is greater than Web Developers. According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (http://occupationoutlook.mbie.govt.nz/manufacturing-and-technology/software-developers/), Software Developers are in higher demand than web developers.
Yes. Out ICT programmes require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for your study at Vision College.
The device specifications can be found on the Individual Web and Software pages, and also in their Course Costs documents.