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0.5 Year


The Diploma of Database Design and Development equips you with the skills to take your career to the next level as a database designer or database developer. Be challenged to use your investigative and creativity skills to design, maintain, analyse, and protect databases.

You will gain real-world experience through simulated workplace scenarios, demonstrations, and research tasks. Develop technical and communication skills to interact with clients, use coding language on database structures and prepare data objects and processes.

TAFE NSW is the leading provider of education and training in Australia, with over 130 years of history. Our courses are designed in close consultation with industry, so you graduate with relevant, up-to-date skills and knowledge.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Design a database
  • Develop components from detailed project specifications
  • Use structured query language (SQL) and build databases using rapid application development
  • Model preferred system solutions, data objects and data processes
  • Adhere to copyright, ethics and privacy policies in the workplace


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Using coding such as structured query language
  • Modelling data objects and processes
  • Developing new systems
  • Designing a database


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • An interest in database design and development
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • An analytical mind with an investigative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good presentation skills


Due to global technological evolution, the sector remains in good health with innovation a key driver of market and job growth:

  • Information Technology (IT) job roles will continue to be in demand
  • Technology sector jobs are at an advantage even during economic slowdowns compared to other sectors due to the ease of shifting these roles to remote work
  • Full time employment in the IT industry is forecast to reach over 62M worldwide in 2023


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or equivalent
  • Or Completion of a TAFE NSW General English Program

  • TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

    To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

    • Significant experience with database design and development
    • Clear and effective communication skills
    • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
    • Time to complete additional study outside of class hours
    • The ability to manage an intensive course workload

    If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    St George (Kogarah) Feb , Jul A$10,600
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    St George (Kogarah) Feb , Jul A$10,600


    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


    TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

    Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
    • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
    • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


    To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

    Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

    • Packaging Rules
    • Total number of units = 20
    • 9 core units plus 11 elective units
    • The elective units consist of:
    • up to 11 from the elective units listed below
    • up to 4 from elsewhere in ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.
    • The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
    • Core Units
    • ICTDBS502 Design a database
    • ICTICT418 Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
    • ICTICT502 Develop detailed component specifications from project specifications
    • ICTNWK514 Model preferred system solutions
    • ICTPRG425 Use structured query language
    • ICTPRG509 Build using rapid application development
    • ICTSAD501 Model data objects
    • ICTSAD502 Model data processes
    • ICTSUS601 Integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects
    • ICTDBS504 Integrate database with a website
    • ICTICT428 Select cloud storage solutions
    • ICTICT509 Gather data to identify business requirements
    • ICTICT514 Identify and manage the implementation of current industry specific technologies
    • ICTICT517 Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation
    • ICTPMG501 Manage ICT projects
    • ICTPMG606 Manage ICT project quality
    • ICTPRG503 Debug and monitor applications
    • ICTPRG504 Deploy an application to a production environment
    • ICTPRG505 Build advanced user interface
    • ICTPRG507 Implement security for applications
    • ICTPRG511 Monitor and support data conversion to new ICT system
    • ICTPRG515 Review developed software
    • ICTPRG523 Apply advanced programming skills in another language
    • ICTPRG531 Prepare for application development using current methods
    • ICTPRG532 Apply advanced object-oriented language skills
    • ICTSAD506 Produce a feasibility report
    • ICTSAS502 Establish and maintain client user liaison
    • ICTSAS505 Review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans
    • ICTWEB502 Create dynamic web pages
    • ICTTEN516 Produce technical solutions from business specifications


    From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


    Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

    TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

    Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


    Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.