About the course

About the course

Secure a satisfying career in software programming and project development with our software development course.

Immerse yourself in current industry software and web programming tools while developing practical skills used in designing and building enterprise databases, software applications, and addressing content management and versioning control.

In our software development course you'll:

  • learn how to use software programming languages including C#.NET, Java, Java Script, Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, WordPress, and Eclipse
  • study web technologies including: PHP, PHP Framework, CSS3, HTML5, Bootstrap 3+, JEE Java for the Web, JPA, ORM, JSP, and Servlets
  • work with a team on a project to design, develop and present a software solution to meet an enterprise specification requirement

During your collaborative project you'll:

  • learn how to gather information to identify business requirements
  • translate business needs into technical requirements
  • use learned rapid application development skills to build a software solution

If you've already completed a Certificate IV in Information Technology, or have demonstrated software and website development programming skills, you would be well suited to this qualification.

If you’re enrolled in this software development course you’ll also have an opportunity to study and complete simultaneously the Diploma of Website Development, resulting in a dual qualification.

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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length


Full time: 1 year

Part time: flexible (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on the number of units you're enrolled in and your input)

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Career Outcomes

Our software development course provides you the skills and knowledge to be competent in programming, software and website development.

You'll have the ability to create new software products to meet an initial project brief or customise existing software products to meet customer needs. You would also be able to design and build a website against a commercial specification, and present, maintain and modify it to meet a client's ongoing business needs. 

After successful completion of our software development course you can apply for a range of employment opportunities including as an:

  • analyst programmer
  • program developer
  • assistant software applications programmer
  • software developer
  • database support programmer
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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • have completed Australian Year 12 of education, or equivalent
  • have completed a Certificate IV qualification in programming or website development, or
  • be a mature-age applicant that has worked in the IT industry in programming or website development

If you don't have IT skills at a Certificate IV level, you can enrol into one of the Certificate IV level courses.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC or direct entry

Direct entry students will need to attend an interview to determine an appropriate entry point according to your existing qualifications and will need to complete two Certificate IV level units

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion of our software development course enables you to become competent in a range of ICT fields at diploma level. Our qualification has a strong core ICT base, sharing the same competencies as several other IT qualifications of the same level. Depending on the stream you choose, you can apply for our Bachelor of Computer Systems or alternatively apply for entry into a variety of degree courses at La Trobe, Monash, Deakin or Australian Catholic University. 

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$7,574$11,781
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$249$249
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$8,072$12,279
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$8,072$12,279

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Cyber Security Education Provider of the Year

Box Hill Institute Wins at the 2020 Australian Information Security Awards

Box Hill Institute has won the Cyber Security Educator of the Year Award at the Australian Information Security Awards (AISA) 2020 aka the Oscars of Cyber Security. This category is for the TAFE or university that has developed and implemented a comprehensive, flexible and easily accessible cyber security education program, which delivers industry ready graduates to the market.

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