Study Method Online
Institution Whitecliffe College
Recognition New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Start Date 12 September 2022

Course overview

This programme is designed for those looking to gain an entry-level role as a web developer. You’ll also gain the practical IT and professional skills needed to succeed in your IT career.

On completion of this programme, graduates will be able to build a complete web application following the entire web development process from end to end, using a content management system. In addition, graduates will have a broad set of IT skills that are internationally relevant. They will also be capable of operating within applicable professional standards and practice, both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Please note, this course has a blended delivery mode with a mix of online and face-to-face on-campus sessions.

Job outcomes

  • Applications Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • SEO Specialist
  • UX Designer
  • UX Researcher
  • Web Content Manager
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer

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What you'll learn

  • The NZ Diploma in Web Design and Development (level 5) is a 120 credit programme, consisting of eight x 15 credit courses. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to 1 year (36 weeks excluding study breaks)
  • Each of our programmes is made up of a number of courses, which are 9 weeks in duration. Weekly, each course requires up to ten hours of learning with your tutor and other students, along with six and a half hours of self-directed learning


<p>NZQA accreditation</p>

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority ensures that New Zealand qualifications are valued as credible and robust, both nationally and internationally.

Fees Free Study

Fees Free Study

You may be eligible for Fees Free study in this course

Study method

  • Online Online info icon
    Online delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
  • Blended Blended info icon
    Blended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
  • In-class In-class info icon
    In class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
  • Virtual Virtual info icon
    Virtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online


  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington

Duration study load

  • 36 weeks, full-time
  • Part-time study is not available

Course features

  • Tutor-led learning sessions
  • Supervised labs
  • Tutor-led group-based workshops
  • A range of online learning activities including quizzes and videos
  • Group-based assessment projects
  • Industry speakers and visits
  • It allows you to develop valuable time-management, self-management and problem-solving skills that IT employers are looking for from graduates

Blended Learning Environment

  • At Whitecliffe we offer a blended learning environment where students learn both face-to-face and through online learning experiences. The blended mode includes compulsory face-to-face tutor-led learning sessions focused on specific concepts, skills or learning problems; workshops, labs, and demonstrations; and online study. All of the learning materials are delivered through a digital platform that is accessible from desktop PCs, laptops and tablets both on and off-campus
  • This enables students to work independently and have direct access to one-on-one tutor support. Other benefits of the blended approach include learning skills such as digital fluency, confidence using online technologies, and self-motivation. Online learning activities and channels also offer opportunities to connect with IT tutors and students at other Whitecliffe campuses, enabling additional opportunities for project work and collaboration, skills students will need in their professional IT career
  • All of our programmes of study are structured in a manner which enables students to progress through each course following a detailed study plan. All the resources that students require to complete their training, including course learning resources and access to software and hardware, are supplied for them and are covered by the course fees
  • To support this style of learning, qualified and experienced tutors are always on hand to support students through their study. Our tutors also help to keep students on track with regular follow-up contact and mentoring

Payment options

This course is eligible for the Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). This fund is to support students to undertake vocational education and training without fees regardless if you have studied before. Information Technology has been targeted by the NZ Government due to the demand from employers for these skills continuing to be strong, or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19.

Who is eligible to access TTAF?

  • All domestic students eligible for government tuition subsidies are eligible to access TTAF
  • For provider-based study, this includes all New Zealand citizens or residence visa holders studying in New Zealand
  • For industry training at a workplace, anyone legally entitled to work in New Zealand can access TTAF
  • This means that people of all ages, regardless of their prior study, can access study or training opportunities through TTAF without having to pay fees

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About Whitecliffe College

Whitecliffe College is one of New Zealand’s highest-ranked and awarded research institutions in the private sector and has a long-standing record of academic excellence. School of Technology The Whitecliffe School of Technology, formerly known as Computer Power Plus, is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of IT and professional skills training. Thousands of our graduates are now working in rewarding careers. Focused on our students’ success, Whitecliffe consistently strives to see our students and graduates excel in the ICT industry by applying modern teaching/adult learning techniques and industry-relevant courses. School of Design Innovation The Whitecliffe School of Design Innovation offers programmes from certificate to degree level in design innovation and digital media. Design and Innovation go hand-in-hand. With this, you will explore the future of design along with gaining the knowledge and skills the industry requires. During your study, you will be encouraged to take an innovative and leading-edge approach to create insightful and thought-provoking design outcomes. School of Fashion + Sustainability The Whitecliffe School of Fashion and Sustainability offers programmes from certificate and diploma levels through to degree-level study. Whitecliffe has an international reputation for delivering world-class, personalised tertiary education experiences, whilst also ensuring the building of a game-changing community of socially conscious designers. Our students don’t just learn how to be intelligent, creative, and responsive designers and artists with a strong portfolio of interconnected and professional industry skills, but emerge as thoughtful, creative, and socially conscious designers with strong principles and values built around sustainable design practices.

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