NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design

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NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design

The NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) teaches students how to develop great websites in just one year. This programme is designed for those wishing to start their own web design business, wanting to work within an established organisation or up-skill their level of understanding of web design. The programme takes you from determining client needs to choosing a CMS, utilising databases, designing the user experience and configuring a website.

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. The final project will require you to design a fully functional website that integrates a database for collecting and outputting information with front-end and back-end capabilities. This includes a user to log in and out with different access rights, per user, and have all forms validated for errors.

If you are wanting flexible study, this IT course 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.

From here, graduates can move into Year 2 of our NZ Diploma in Software (Level 6) (currently unavailable until 2022), or exit with an NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5). No University Entrance is required to enter this programme.

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.

*This programme is free for domestic students as it falls under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

Upcoming Intakes

26 Jul 2021
28 Feb 2022
30 Aug 2021
28 Feb 2022
30 Aug 2021
28 Feb 2022


Domestic Fees
$6,450 - Fee free offer through TTAF*

International Fees *

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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Web Developing and Interface Analysis and Design

  • Analysis process including stakeholder interaction and feasibility study.
  • Documentation of application business processes using modelling tools.
  • Understanding the structure of a web project.
  • Ux implementation including user interface (UI) and universal accessibility.
  • Client side scripting, eg, JavaScript, Cascading style sheets (CSS) and HTML.
  • Introduction to web services and appropriate framework and security concerns by using framework plugins.
  • Test driven development, develop unit tested applications.

Content Management Systems and Frameworks

  • Install a CMS locally in your computer.
  • Introduction to a CMS like WordPress and how to use it. Practice in editing content, managing media and customizing with plugins and themes.
  • Determine how people are able to add, edit or view content, defining user roles.

IT Support

  • Installation and configuration of systems and application software.
  • Hardware and software diagnostic testing, maintenance, technical and customer support.

New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)


Domestic Students:

  • For students aged 16+.
  • Learners enrolling in this programme should hold one or more of:
    • New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration & Technology) (Level 3)
    • The New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)
    • NCEA Level 2 (UE is not required)
    • Have equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience
  • 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 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0 or a recognised equivalent test.

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

The minimum specifications required for this IT course:

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

Optional Items include:

  • Optical drive (DVD)
  • Web Cam

Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

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.

Test Analyst - Kaitātari Whakamātautau

Test analysts design and carry out testing processes for new and upgraded computer software and systems, analyse the results, and identify and report problems.

Information Technology Helpdesk/​Support Technician - Kaihangarau Āwhina Hangarau Pārongo

Information technology (IT) helpdesk/support technicians set up computer and other IT equipment and help prevent, identify and fix problems with IT hardware and software.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study, that includes a study fee, can apply to StudyLink.

Studying for a qualification is a serious commitment, like a full-time job, so any work should be part-time. This Web Development course only requires two days in class a week, so any work you do should not interfere with these classes or study.

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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