NZ Diploma in Software Development (International Students)

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NZ Diploma in Software Development (International Students)

These dates are only available to international students already in New Zealand who have completed the first year of this qualification and have an acceptable level of English. Applications out of country cannot be accepted for processing until further notice due to COVID-19 and the NZ borders being closed.

International students are welcome and come from all over the world to Vision College. Vision College is a division of ATC New Zealand which was formed in 1984. It offers a unique Christian-based environment for study. Christian values of care, honour and respect are part of our culture and are all designed to help learners excel. People of all religions and cultures are most welcome to study at Vision College.

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 NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) stands as the first year of this two year programme and is a prerequisite.

The second year of this Diploma 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.

Through our 2 Year Software Programme 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.


Before enrolling this IT programme, please download and read the School Prospectus.

We highly recommend that you apply to enrol through a reputable immigration agent in your home country. Contact us at

The application process will require you to provide the following documents, completed in English, plus verified copies of your passport, qualifications and an up to date CV:

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

15 Mar 2021
29 Mar 2021


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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  • Advanced Web Development
  • Object Orientated Programming and Data Structures
  • Software Testing and Security
  • Project Management
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Major Project/Internship

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

  • Students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5, or equivalent test.
  • International students must be at least 18 years old.

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

The minimum specifications required for this 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.

Software Developer - Kaihanga Pūmanawa Rorohiko

Software developers develop and maintain computer software and websites.

Game Developer - Kaihanga Tākaro

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

Frequently Asked Questions

We strongly recommend that you bring your own device. Bringing your own device allows you to continue to work when you are away from the college, on the projects and self-directed aspects related to the course. If bringing your own device is problematic let us know before you start, and we'll see what we can arrange for you in terms of providing a desktop PC.

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.

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