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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 240
Subject Area
  • Information Technology » Computer Science » Computer Applications and Programming
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification was co-developed by IT Professionals New Zealand (ITPNZ) and NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS).

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have attained a range of Information Technology (IT) knowledge, specialist practices and technical skills in software development and current ways of working including Agile and DevOps. It will prepare people for employment in an entry-level developer or tester role in a range of organisational contexts, working with applicable professional standards and practice, both as part of a team and independently under broad supervision.

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.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having graduates with programming skills including software design, coding, and testing, and an ability to work in Agile development environments in all sectors of the economy and society. Graduates of this qualification will have the software development skills that will enable them to contribute to society, supporting digital proficiency and using their digital capability in a range of community and voluntary areas, and to proceed to further study.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Analyse requirements and apply appropriate modelling tools, SDLC and HCI principles, to design and document software solutions for a range of problems in an organisational context, including creating accurate and clear technical and user documentation/resources.
- Write and maintain complex programs using design patterns, data structures and algorithms to meet specifications and software development standards.
- Apply a range of software quality assurance techniques, including designing and executing a variety of tests, to verify correctness of systems on a range of platforms to meet requirements, and document results.
- Apply data management and storage technologies to support the software application and the development process to match the application domain.
- Integrate security and privacy principles throughout software development to ensure application security and system integrity using current best practices.
- Select, justify and apply architecture, patterns, services, technologies, and tools, to implement the software solution/s using current and emerging technologies.
- Apply IT technical support concepts and practice to securely manage hardware, software and networking resources to support end users and meet security, ethical and organisational requirements in a software development context.
- Apply professional and ethical practices with integrity to meet the industry wide expectations of a responsible IT professional, in accordance with legal, regulatory and organisational requirements.
- Apply communication, information design, teamwork, personal, and interpersonal skills, to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in a variety of situations in an organisational environment.
- Apply project management tools and techniques, using critical thinking, enterprise skills and knowledge of project planning, management and control, to an IT related project, to analyse and solve problems.
Education pathways
This qualification may provide an education pathway from:
- National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973] with appropriate credits in mathematics and digital technologies subjects
- National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) [Ref: 1039] with appropriate credits in mathematics and digital technologies subjects
- New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) [Ref: 2594]
- New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) [Ref: 2595]
- New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2598]
- Appropriate international certifications in software development.

Further education pathways include higher level software development or other IT related qualifications and industry certifications.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 7 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2604
Status Current
Created 2015-05-08 13:23:16.0
Next Review 2025-05-31 00:00:00.0

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