NZ Diploma in Software Development (International Students)

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NZ Diploma in Software Development (International Students)

International students are unable to apply for programmes of study in 2022 due to the COVID19 pandemic and the NZ borders being closed to non-citizens. Applications can be made for student visas to Immigration NZ in July 2022. Refer to for information.

International students are welcome and come from all over the world to Vision College. Vision College is a division of ATC New Zealand which was formed in 1984. It offers a unique Christian-based environment for study. Christian values of care, honour and respect are part of our culture and are all designed to help learners excel. People of all religions and cultures are most welcome to study at Vision College.

Information Technology is a rapidly growing industry, and web and software developers are in high demand (Refer to MBIE Occupation Outlook). The NZ Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) is a two-year "Full-Stack" information technology course that will prepare you for entry into the IT industry. 

The first year focuses on web development and design, giving students the skills they need to make their mark in this exciting industry. The programme focuses on the languages used behind most websites today; PHP, SQL and Javascript, developed within a responsive framework, which can render to all devices.

In the second year, students will use Visual Studio 2022 and Visual Studio code to create client-side and server-side software for tomorrow's world. Students will use C#, ReactJS and React Native to build innovative Web, Mobile and API applications. They will also develop SQL, and SQLite databases.

Students will have more practical time learning and writing code than most 3-year degrees. This means no irrelevant papers or unrelated subjects, as required in most university degrees.

This programme requires all students to complete 20 hours a week face to face.

Graduates of the full two years will receive a New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6). Some of our graduates have moved into software development roles across a wide range of industries, such as education and e-learning, shipping and freight, healthcare, business and data management, and artificial intelligence.



Before enrolling in this IT programme, please download and read the School Prospectus.

We highly recommend that you apply to enrol through a reputable immigration agent in your home country. Contact us at

The application process will require you to provide the following documents, completed in English, plus verified copies of your passport, qualifications and an up to date CV:

This programme requires you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College. For minimum device requirements, please see the requirements section at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Intakes

14 Nov 2022


International Fees *
$17,406 (per year)

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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Year One

  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Database Concepts
  • Cloud Based Systems and Support
  • Systems Analysis
  • Software Development 1
  • Security and Testing
  • Project 1

Year Two

  • Software Development 2
  • Database Management
  • Dynamic Web Technology
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Software Testing and Security
  • Project Management
  • Project 2

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6)

  • Students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5, or equivalent test.
  • International students must be at least 18 years old.

Our Information Technology programmes require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College

The minimum specifications required for this course:

  • Windows 10 operating system (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC Vision College wireless network)
  • Intel i5-6200U or greater/AMD A10-8700P or better
  • 8GB of memory
  • 500GB+ Hard Drive or 500GB+ Solid State Drive

Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

User Experience Designer - Kaihoahoa Wheako Whakamahi

User experience (UX) designers design the way websites and software applications (apps) look and work, based on what users need.

Software Developer - Kaihanga Pūmanawa Rorohiko

Software developers develop and maintain computer software and websites.

Game Developer - Kaihanga Tākaro

Game developers write, design, program, animate, and test games and applications for computers, gaming consoles, and cellphones

Frequently Asked Questions

We strongly recommend that you bring your own device. Bringing your own device allows you to continue to work when you are away from the college, on the projects and self-directed aspects related to the course. If bringing your own device is problematic let us know before you start, and we'll see what we can arrange for you in terms of providing a desktop PC.

No, learning the basic constructs of most programming languages will give you the tools you need to understand elementary logic and algorithms, which themselves can be a very good introduction to applied mathematics. Logical thinking and reasoning, coupled with an investigative mind, are far more important skills to have over being a math genius.

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