NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design

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NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design

This programme teaches students how to develop great websites in just one year. It 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. It will give students the development and design skills they need to make their mark in this exciting industry. It takes them from determining client needs to choosing a CMS, utilizing 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. Everything is taught with a hands-on approach, where the final project requires students 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.

This programme only requires 2-days a week in class, with the additional option of one-on-one tutorials available when needed. No University Entrance is required to enter this programme.

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) can move into employment within the industry. Graduates can choose to move on to the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) starting in the second year, however, they will need to complete a bridging paper.

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 IT 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.


How to Apply

Applications to be sent to National Administrator, Vision College, 21 Ruakura Road, Hamilton 3216 or email

Upcoming Intakes

4 Mar 2024
4 Mar 2024


Domestic Fees

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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Computer Systems and Support

  • Identify and apply principles of managing computer systems for an organisation, including C1 and CD.
  • Identify and apply customer support processes that encourage inclusion including culture and gender.
  • Resolve hardware and software problems to meet end-user requirements.
  • Illustrate foundational knowledge of networking.

Web Design

  • Design a visual website solution that incorporates usability and accessibility concepts to increase the UX.
  • Identify and apply relevant design principles to enhance the UI of a web application.
  • Analyse and identify client requirements through the application of IT concepts and practices such as design thinking.
  • Explain the nature and significance of New Zealand’s bi-cultural society, including the Treaty of Waitangi, and its relevance within the IT industry.

Web Development

  • Create and test a cross-platform responsive website using relevant HCI principles to enhance user experience and functionality.
  • Apply a web scripting language, including use of libraries and frameworks to create a software solution.
  • Apply interactive design concepts to enhance UX to meet a given situation including consideration of plug-in solutions.
  • Research and summarise how legal and ethical principles apply to the Information Technology sector such as copyright, security legislation, privacy act, intellectual property and IT codes of practice.

Database Concepts

  • Select and apply systems development concepts to create a database using modelling and tables for a given situation.
  • Create code to access a database using SQL or a suitable Access Service.
  • Identify and apply data management processes for a relational database including testing.

Systems Analysis

  • Analyse and identify system requirements for a client including documentation.
  • Apply critical analysis and decision making to resolve an IT problem.
  • Outline and apply collaboration and teamwork skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role.

Software Development

  • Select and apply design practices to the development of a software application to meet client requirements.
  • Create a software solution using frameworks and libraries to meet specified requirements.
  • Explain and apply a software development methodology such as Agile or DevOps.

Security and Testing

  • Outline and apply security concepts to meet client requirements including documentation for end-users and technical staff.
  • Design and create software code that is secure including testing.
  • Create and apply a test plan to test the functionality of a web solution to meet given requirements.


  • Design a software solution to meet client requirements.
  • Select and apply relevant HCI principles to enhance the user experience (UX) of a web application.
  • Create a software solution using the software development life cycle.
  • Publish a software solution including testing, documentation and post-evaluation that meets client requirements.

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

  • 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 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

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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