Qualification Overview

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
The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with graduates who have attained a range of Information Technology (IT) knowledge, specialist practices and technical skills in software development. It will prepare people for employment in an entry-level developer or tester role in a range of organisational contexts, or to proceed to further study.

The 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.

Graduates will be capable of operating within applicable professional standards and practice both as part of a team and independently under broad supervision. They will contribute to software development in Aotearoa New Zealand, and be internationally relevant.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having graduates with programming skills including software design, coding, and testing, in all sectors of the economy and society.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Analyse requirements, design and document software solutions for a range of problems in an organisational context.
- Write and maintain programs using design patterns, data structures and algorithms to meet specifications.
- Apply a range of software quality assurance techniques to verify correctness of systems.
- Apply data management and storage technologies to support the software application and the development process.
- Establish application security by integrating security principles throughout software development to ensure system integrity.
- Choose, justify and apply architecture, technologies, and tools, to implement the software solution.
- Apply IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements in a software development context.
- Apply project management tools and techniques to an IT related project, to analyse and solve problems.
- Behave with integrity as a responsible Information Technology professional to contribute positively to society.
- Apply communication, information design, personal, and interpersonal skills, clearly and professionally to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in an organisational environment.
Education pathways
Graduates of this qualification may progress to a computing degree, or specialised qualification such as software testing or software security.

This qualification may also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level and area of specialty.

This qualification may provide an education pathway from:
- NCEA Level 2 or 3 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

Graduates of qualifications Ref: 2595 or 2598, who go on to further learning towards this qualification may be granted credit recognition and may only need to demonstrate competence for the additional skills and knowledge required.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to enter employment in development or testing roles, in a range of organisational contexts. These roles may require fundamental coding, scripting, and testing skills, and are less likely to require significant architecture and design skills.

Graduates may also be employed in other roles that use programming skills, such as teaching, small business projects; or be self-employed.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
There are no mandatory prerequisites for this qualification
Learners enrolling are recommended to hold one of the following qualifications, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
- NCEA Level 2 or 3 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]

International students must have an appropriate level of English proficiency for the level at which they intend to study. Details of English language entry requirements are contained in the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (Appendix 2). E.g. IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5; or the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) [Ref: 1884].
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 May 2015
Next Review December 2019
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