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0.5 Year


The Diploma of Software Development equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to launch their careers in the dynamic and rapidly evolving world of programming and software development.

In this course, you will develop strong skills in two different programming languages (JAVA and C#). You will learn to work strategically and independently while you complete practical projects in simulated workplace environments. You will also gain project management skills to experience handling different areas across the lifecycle of digital projects including testing and deployment.

TAFE NSW provides industry standard software so you can develop your skills using the same software used by industry. This means your knowledge and skills are current and relevant to the workplace.

Some of the software you will use includes:

  • Git and GitHub
  • MS Project
  • SQL Server
  • Java
  • C#


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Manage the software development lifecycle
  • Create and test software programs
  • Use different programming languages and tools
  • Design and develop web-related products and applications
  • Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment


You will extend, and strengthen your skills in the lifecycle of software development through:

  • Validating an application design against specifications
  • Applying advanced programming like object-oriented language skills
  • Applying testing techniques for software development
  • Debugging and monitoring applications
  • Deploying an application to a production environment
  • Managing a project using software management


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work with colleagues and clients:

  • A positive approach to problem solving
  • An analytical mind
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • A collaborative spirit to work well in teams​


According to research, there were 18.9 million software developers globally by the end of 2018. This number is expected to grow to 45 million by 2030.

Key areas of software development expected to grow through to 2030 include:

  • Multi-cloud management and operations
  • Social media data harvesting and marketing automation
  • Progressive web app development of a cross-platform single web interface to service multiple device types including smartphones and tablets.


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.


English Language Requirements:

Additional Requirement:

  • Students should have an understanding of the basic operations of a computer, the internet and Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require 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 highly recommended that you:

  • Have access to a computer connected to the internet so that you are able to work on your assessments and study out of class.

You will also need:

  • Commitment and drive to manage a heavy course load
  • Time to complete your course work and extra study outside of class hours

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

Licensing/Regulatory Information - 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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Petersham Feb , Jul A$10,350
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Petersham Feb , Jul A$10,350


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, 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
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


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 =16
  • 10 core units plus 6 elective units
  • The elective units consist of up to 6 from the elective units listed below
  • Up to 3 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
  • ICTICT418 Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
  • ICTPRG418 Apply intermediate programming skills in another language
  • ICTPRG502 Manage a project using software management tools
  • ICTPRG503 Debug and monitor applications
  • ICTPRG504 Deploy an application to a production environment
  • ICTPRG520 Validate an application design against specifications
  • ICTPRG523 Apply advanced programming skills in another language
  • ICTPRG527 Apply intermediate object oriented language skills
  • ICTPRG529 Apply testing techniques for software development
  • ICTPRG532 Apply advanced object oriented language skills

  • ICTICT403 Apply software development methodologies
  • ICTICT503 Validate quality and completeness of system design specifications
  • 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
  • ICTNWK514 Model preferred system solutions
  • ICTPMG501 Manage ICT projects
  • ICTPRG505 Build advanced user interface
  • ICTPRG506 Design application architecture
  • ICTPRG507 Implement security for applications
  • ICTPRG508 Create mashups
  • ICTPRG509 Build using rapid application development
  • ICTPRG510 Maintain custom software
  • ICTPRG512 Prepare for the build phase of an ICT system
  • ICTPRG513 Coordinate the build phase of an ICT system
  • ICTPRG515 Review developed software
  • ICTPRG531 Prepare for application development using current methods
  • ICTPRG601 Develop advanced mobile multi touch applications
  • ICTPRG604 Create cloud computing services
  • ICTSAD501 Model data objects
  • ICTSAD502 Model data processes
  • ICTSAD506 Produce a feasibility report
  • ICTSAS502 Establish and maintain client user liaison


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

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.