Diploma in Software Development Level 6

Diploma in Software Development Level 6

  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Credits: 240
  • Campus: New Lynn

This two-year programme of study focuses on the theory and practice of a range of computing systems and networks, and how these systems are used to support business practices. It aims to produce graduates with a sound technical understanding of information technology and the application of IT to business information systems. The course has an emphasis on developing skills in problem solving, interpersonal communication and addressing IT problems in a range of contexts.

The programme’s core is the fundamentals of information systems, hardware and software infrastructure, user applications and communication. In the second year students are able to specialise in networking or user support.

Pathway into a bachelors degree with our Diploma in Information Technology Level 6.

Academic Entry: A New Zealand NCEA Level 3 or higher or an equivalent qualification from overseas or suitable industry experience or satisfactory performance in the pre-enrolment knowledge test.

English Requirement: Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English language equivalent to IELTS 6 (Academic) with no band less then 5.5 or NZSE’s Internal English Test (except for student’s from countries where the student visa decline rate is more than 20 percent of total student visa applications in that country)

The NZSE Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6) comprises of 270 credits spread between Levels 5 - 6 of the National Qualifications Framework. 135 credits are at Level 6.

Students can gain the qualification with successful completion of 240 credits. 

Practical components are delivered and assessed internally, unless special provision is made for work-based assessment.

Graduates from the Diploma in Software Development with a good academic record will be eligible to progress to further studies at:

  • AUT's Bachelor of Computer and Information Science (IT major) 
  • AUT's Bachelor of Business
  • Unitec's Bachelor of Computing Systems
  • MIT's Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Massey University's Bachelor if Information Technology 
  • Computer Systems Administrator 
  • Network Support Technician 
  • System Coordinator 
  • LAN Coordinator 
  • PC Support Specialist 
  • Help Desk Operator 
  • User Support Specialist 


IT6.5003 Communication Skills 
IT6.5004 Introduction to Programming and Database 
IT6.5005 Programming 1 
IT6.5006 Data Communications 
IT6.5007 Enterprise Systems 
IT6.5008 High Level Scripting Languages
IT6.5009 Mathematical Concepts 
IT6.5012 Computing Technology in Society
IT6.5013 IT Infrastructure
IT6.5010 Programming 2

IT6.6001 Internet Technology
IT6.6003 Data Communication & Computer Networks 
IT6.6010 IT Service Provision
IT6.6011 Network and System Administration
IT6.6012 IT Project Management
IT6.6013 Applied Operating Systems v2 
IT6.6008 Help Desk & Service Provision 
IT6.6014 Logical Database Design v2 


Year 1: $8,685

Year 2: $8,685

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