New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)
New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

If you are technologically minded and want to gain specialist skills in software development, study the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6). 

This qualification is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application domains, such as general Application Development, Web Development, Games Development, and Mobile Applications Development.

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Key Details
Queenstown
Qualification:
Diploma
Level:
6
Credits:
240
Duration:

Two years full-time

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2021 Semester 1: 18 January to 19 March

2021 Semester 2: 29 March to 04 June

2021 Semester 3: 14 June to 13 August

2021 Semester 4: 23 August to 22 October

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $865

International Fees can be found here.

If you are technologically minded and want to gain specialist skills in software development, study the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6).

This qualification is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application domains, such as general Application Development, Web Development, Games Development, and Mobile Applications Development.

You will learn:

  • Specialist practices and technical skills
  • Agile and DevOps
  • Software design and coding

This qualification was co-developed by IT Professionals New Zealand (ITPNZ) and NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS). 

*This course is only one year long if you have already completed the New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5)

Year One

ITC 501 Information Technology Operations

ITC 502 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving

ITC 503 Professional Practice

ITC 504 Enterprise

ITC 509 Web Application Implementation

ITC 510 Interface Analysis and Design

ITC 511 Application, Testing and Maintenance

ITC513 Programming

Year Two

ITC601 Project Management

ITC602 Special Topic 2

ITC603 Project 

ITC604 Systems Analysis and Design

ITC605 Web Services and Design Methodologies

ITC606 Algorithms and Data Structures

ITC607 Data Management  

Students may choose either ITC 602 Special Topic 2 or IT608  Game Development below:

ITC602 Special Topic 2

IT608 Game Development 1

Graduates of this qualification may progress to the Bachelor of Information Technology, or specialised qualifications such as software testing or software security.
Graduates of this qualification may be employed in entry-level development or testing roles requiring fundamental coding, scripting, and testing skills, and are less likely to be in roles requiring significant architecture and design skills, in a range of organisational contexts. Graduates may also be employed in other roles that use programming skills, such as teaching, small business projects; or be self-employed.
 Graduates may also obtain employment in software development or testing roles in a range of organisational contexts, where fundamental coding, scripting and testing skills are required. Graduates may also obtain employment in software development or testing roles in a range of organisational contexts, where fundamental coding, scripting and testing skills are required

School Leavers
One of the following: 

EITHER

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 
Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of:

  • 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects including mathematics and digital technologies subjects, and
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

OR ONE OF

  • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) 
  • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) 
  • New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) 

Mature Applicants (20 years of age and over)
Successful completion of one of the following qualifications, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) 
  • New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) 
  • New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) 

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following: 

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A¬ level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or

Trinity College  London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and  with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years  preceding the proposed date of enrolment

Diploma at Level 6

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination -B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill 
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

In order to be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6), the student will have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule. To be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) at SIT, the student will have been credited with 240 credits as specified in the structure of the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6). The total credit value of the New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) is 240 credits.

Please note that students failing to attend for 80% of the timetabled programme hours, may forfeit Zero Fee entitlement.

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