New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

Want to study virtual reality, robotics and artificial intelligence? Develop and expand your coding skills with this one year course which follows on from the New Zealand Diploma in Web Design and Development (Level 5). You'll spend a total of two years in these two courses which together prepare you for the final year of University of Waikato's Applied Computing degree.

During your study you'll learn to work in agile teams and develop skills that allow you to contribute to cutting-edge IT projects anywhere in the world.

You'll build essential industry connections along the way which stand you in good stead once you're finished the course.

Content Details

During the course you'll study:

  • Information Technology Operations
  • Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving
  • Professional Practice
  • Enterprise
  • Interface Analysis and Design
  • Web Application Implementation
  • Application Testing and Maintenance
  • Programming OR Special Topic
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Web Services and Design Methodologies
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Project 2
  • Special Topic

The diploma finishes with a 30 credit industry style project that showcases the skills you've developed over the two years. This is the start of your professional portfolio, which you can show off to potential employers.

View the full details on each of these topics.


Planned intakes*: February, July, November
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Bongard Centre)
Duration: Two years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Tauranga classes are held Mon - Fri 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $729.00 per course i.e. $2,916.00 for four courses

2018 international students $19,952.00 for Year One

2018 international students $12,000.00 for Year Two

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

  • Entry-level developer or tester, or go on to further study.

Entry Criteria

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

Selection Criteria

To ensure enrolment with integrity is maintained, candidates may be required to meet with a representative from the course area and/or attend a course briefing session prior to completing an enrolment application.

All applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility for entry to this course is in accordance with the Toi Ohomai Regulatory Framework (Academic Regulations) and specified programme regulations.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.