NZ Diploma in Software Development

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NZ Diploma in Software Development

The New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) is a two-year "Full-Stack" programme that prepares students for entry into the rapidly growing IT industry.

The first year focuses on web development and design, giving students the skills they need to make their mark in this exciting industry. The programme focuses on the languages used behind most websites today; PHP, SQL and Javascript, developed within a responsive framework, which can render to all devices.

In the second year, students will use Visual Studio 2022 and Visual Studio code to create client-side and server-side software for tomorrow's world. Students will use C#, ReactJS and React Native to build innovative Web, Mobile and API applications. They will also develop SQL, and SQLite databases.

Students will have more practical time learning and writing code than most 3-year degrees. This means no irrelevant 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. 

Graduates will receive a New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6). 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.

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.

This programme requires you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College. For minimum device requirements, please see the requirements section at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Intakes

4 Mar 2024
4 Mar 2024


Domestic Fees

International Fees *
Price On Application (POA)

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.

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Year One
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Database Concepts
  • Cloud-Based Systems and Support
  • Systems Analysis
  • Software Development 1
  • Security and testing
  • Project 1
Year Two

Software Development 2

  • This module covers the basic building blocks in programming in C#, Object Orientated Code development, ASP.Net Core 6 and Razor pages.

Database Management

  • This module gives students an understanding of designing, implementing and managing databases including software to control, access and retrieve data.

Dynamic Web Technology

  • This module covers dynamic design concepts, server-side environments and security mechanisms around delivering web content.

Mobile Application Development

  • This module focuses on mobile application development using front end libraries, existing APIs, and accessing them within mobile apps.

Software Testing and Security

  • This module focuses on creating unit tests to protect codebases. It also covers important security situations such as Cross-Origin Resource Sharing and creating identity systems for users to log in and access restricted resources.

Project Management

  • This module focuses on developing software applications in a team environment, and the key models and problems associated with the development, implementation, and management of practical ICT projects.

Project 2

  • This module gives you the time and resources to develop an industry level application to work as a professional in the IT sector.

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

  • For students aged 17+.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview, which may include a short written task or computer task.

Provisional Entry:

  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.

International Students:

  • International students must be at least 18 years old.
  • International Students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 or a recognised equivalent test.
  • We would also like to have a 2-3 minute video with you talking about yourself, your family, your hobbies and why you want to come to New Zealand. Send as an attachment with your documents.

Our Information Technology programmes require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College

The minimum specifications required for this programme:

  • Windows 10 operating system (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC Vision College wireless network)
  • Intel i5-6200U or greater/AMD A10-8700P or better
  • 8GB of memory
  • 500GB+ Hard Drive or 500GB+ Solid State Drive

Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Software Developer - Kaihanga Pūmanawa Rorohiko

Software developers develop and maintain computer software and websites.

User Experience Designer - Kaihoahoa Wheako Whakamahi

User experience (UX) designers design the way websites and software applications (apps) look and work, based on what users need.

Game Developer - Kaihanga Tākaro

Game developers write, design, program, animate, and test games and applications for computers, gaming consoles, and cellphones

Frequently Asked Questions

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 (, Software Developers are in higher demand than web developers.

Yes. Our Information Technology courses 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.

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