Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) - Year 1

Online - 26 February 2024

Yoobee College of Creative Innovation

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 6
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: Mixed Online / In-Person Learning
32 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
22 November 2024

This qualification is designed for learners who are already in an IT job, or have already undertaken some IT study, to acquire the essential skills for software development. Learners can specialise in the second year in either AI, cloud computing, cyber security, or game development. This programme provides learners with the skills to move up from entry-level IT jobs to specialist software development care

Upskill onto a Software Developer role, for FREE!
If you're working within an entry-level IT role or have an entry-level IT qualification under your belt, you could advance your career with this two year diploma for free as part of the Government’s new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund.

This diploma has all the key knowledge and skills that every new developer needs to start out. And, with Yoobee’s project-based approach to learning, you’ll be taught in a studio-like environment similar to how you could work in the industry.

Your first year covers all the foundational skills of a software developer by teaching you design principles, algorithms and programming through real hands-on learning. You get time to fill any gaps within your current knowledge and skills, and the opportunity to explore specialised fields that you'd like to become an expert at.

Once you're skilled up from your first year, your second year gets you to hone in on a particular field of software development, immersing yourself in either A.I, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security or Game Development. These specialised areas were specifically chosen for our diploma as they lead the tech industry world-wide and show no signs of slowing down.

Throughout your study, you get the chance to build rapport and network with other like-minded students, graduate with a New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)*, and the competence and confidence to enter entry-level software developer roles.

*subject to NZQA approval

Online Campus

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

Domestic Students
New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience. 

International Students
International applicants must be 18 years or older and have proof that they have gained within the last two years: English language proficiency at the level of IELTS 6.0. (Academic) with no band score lower than 5.5. 

Domestic students

You can study this Fees Free under the government’s new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund initiative*.  All domestic students are eligible for fees free regardless of prior study i.e.: it can be used after First Year Fees Free.


  • Tuition fees

  • Compulsory course costs, and

  • Compulsory student services fees.

Please note that TTAF does not cover Course Related Costs.

*TTAF will cover fees for eligible programmes until 31 December 2022. TEC is working to establish rules for study and training that start before 31 December 2022 and continues into 2023 - in general, fees for study and training past 31 December 2022 are not covered. We are currently reviewing this with TEC for students who have enrolled prior to 31 December 2022. You will be notified once the results have been confirmed. If it is not covered, you can apply for a student loan via StudyLink.

Those ineligible for the above free study fees are:

Domestic students

$7,444.44 + $340 Student Services Levy (per year)

Please note that Student Service Levy for Online only will reduce to $170 in 2022.

Course Related Cost  - For students moving on to Year 2 there is CRC amount of $350 - This covers software licensing for student use on campus This amount can be covered by Studylink's courses related cost loan.

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

Please enquire

Please note fees are subject to change.


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