Open to international students

Diploma in Software Development

LevelLevel 6
Level32 weeks

This diploma will give you all the key knowledge and skills that every new developer needs to start out. Learn online or on-campus, covering design principles, algorithms, and programming through hands-on learning.

240 Credits | Full-time | On Campus & Online

This diploma has all the key knowledge and skills that every new developer needs to start out.


You can study your diploma online or on campus, and will cover all the foundational skills of a software developer by teaching you design principles, algorithms and programming through real hands-on learning. You get time to fill any gaps within your current knowledge and skills, and the opportunity to explore specialised fields that you'd like to become an expert at.



Once you're skilled up from your first year, your second year gets you to hone in on a particular field of software development, immersing yourself in either A.I, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security or Game Development. These specialised areas were specifically chosen for our diploma as they lead the tech industry world-wide and show no signs of slowing down.

Throughout your study, you get the chance to build rapport and network with other like-minded students, graduate with a New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6), and the competence and confidence to enter entry-level software developer roles.

Our Tech Faculty have built, and continue to build, strong partnerships with leading tech educators and organisations in New Zealand and around the world, boosting our students’ skills and graduates’ visibility within the tech industry.  A direct result of this means that our cloud computing students have access to AWS certifications & our cyber security students have an opportunity to receive a data-rich digital badges from IBM or Cisco Networking Academy to showcase their competence, both will be recognised in the tech industry, enhancing their career opportunities. 


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What you'll learn

Learn core skills in a range of essential software developer areas. You will achieve this through practical collaborative project work that involves learning design principles, algorithms and object oriented programming. This first year equips you with a wide range of tech skills to become ready for your second year of specialised learning.

UX design I & II

Learn the foundation principles, tools and best practice for the design of content and user experience (UX).


Development principles I & II

Learn the fundamentals of programming along with software development techniques and tools used in the creation of modern applications.

Project Work I & II

This project-based introduction to the software development lifecycle (SDLC) helps you develop your understanding as you apply the skills and concepts introduced in the first two modules.

This is where you can specialise in one of the following areas that are of most interest to your future career path.

Artificial intelligence

Foundation of data-science

Study the infrastructure of Data Science, including the data analytics pipeline, management of large-scale data, how analytics and machine learning capabilities are built on top of that storage, and how data scientists develop machine learning and modelling platforms using libraries.

Artificial Intelligence

You’ll focus on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) concepts and classifications are used to design intelligent systems. This includes investigation of representation, reasoning, search methods and intelligent agents. You’ll also explore AI classifications such as Machine Learning, Robotic, Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition, Expert Systems, Computer Vision, and how they are used to make intelligent systems.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Fundamentals

Understand cloud concepts and models, cloud security, and infrastructure mechanisms along with various popular vendor specific Microservices. You’ll identify the building blocks of cloud computing through a combination of tutorials, workshops, and self-directed learning and research within specific types of environments. Topics include introduction to cloud providers, scaling, cloud services, cloud delivery models, cloud deployment models, cloud security, cloud usage monitors, cloud storage devices and load balance.

Cloud Application Development

You’ll deepen your understanding of cloud computing technologies and develop and design cloud solutions concepts from a business and technical perspective including services, architecture, system integration, connectivity, administration and security. You’ll explore the locking and unlocking of the cloud, including security, integration into existing operations and optimised performance. Get hands on experience with the cloud providers that dictate a major share of the Australian and New Zealand market. You’ll also get hands on with vendor certification to ensure you have a competitive advantage when looking to enter the industry.


Cyber Security

Networking and Systems Admin

Understand the fundamentals of networking and systems administration including issues, skills and strategies associated with providing core services over a network in a multiuser environment. You’ll learn about hardware and software stacks for communication infrastructures, computer systems and different network architectures and topology. You’ll also be introduced to tools for management and monitoring to ensure the optimum performance of a system in terms of security, cost, and speed.

Cyber Security

You will cover a range of topics including attacks on privacy, static and dynamic analysis of malware, hardware security, network security and trending applications. You’ll explore different aspects in Cybersecurity relating to cryptography, public key infrastructure, security principles and models, threats and vulnerability management and privacy and anonymity issues.

Game Development (Creative)

Technical Design for Software

Immerse yourself in software design and construction. Get an introduction to several software design patterns and processes that enable the creation of high-quality software, and learn to analyse specific software projects and use design language (UML) for modelling the development process.

Society, Enterprise, Innovation

Develop an understanding of how games act as a force for good and their utility is growing beyond entertainment.



A bit more information

C++ programming, Figma, Microsoft Visual Studio, SQLite, Qt creator, GitHub, Python IDLE or Pycharm community, Cisco Packet Tracer, Wireshark, Unity, Unreal, C# programming, Android Studio, mobile apps, ARCore, ARToolKit

Domestic students

  • Tuition Fees: $7648 per year

  • Student Services Levy:

    • On-Campus: $350

    • Online Only: $175 per year

  • Course Related Costs*: $350 (Second Year Only)

*Course Related Cost  - For students moving on to Year 2 there is CRC amount of $350 - This covers software licensing for student use on campus This amount can be covered by Studylink's courses related cost loan.

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

Year One

  • Tuition Fees: $20,500 (NZD)

  • Course Related Costs: $2000 (NZD)

Year Two

  • Tuition Fees: $17,425 (NZD)

  • Course Related Costs: $2000 (NZD)

For more information, click here to download the international course costs PDF.

Please note fees are subject to change.

Domestic Students

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience. 

International Students

International applicants must be 18 years or older and have proof that they have gained within the last two years: English language proficiency at the level of IELTS 6.0. (Academic) with no band score lower than 5.5. 



Course Start Dates



Study your way


Study on campus

Our campuses are equipped with the latest tech and equipment you need to succeed, and are welcoming student spaces where you can connect with your peers, all within reach of vibrant city centres.



Study online

Online learning that's purpose-built for the modern student. Learn new skills and gain qualifications with the flexibility of learning online. Study anywhere, anytime. Check out this virtual tour of the online learning system for our Diploma in Software Development.


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Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges Ltd. Yoobee Colleges Ltd is an NZQA Category 1 provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

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