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 (with prior skills and knowledge in IT at Certificate IV level)

Full time: 2 years (including stage 1 - Certificate IV in Information Technology)

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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 and Academic Requirements

International students must have successfully completed Certificate IV in Information Technology or equivalent, or have Certificate IV in IT level equivalent skills and knowledge. 

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may apply for the Certificate IV in Information Technology with this course as a package offer.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from International students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic) or approved equivalent.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

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

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Annual Tuition Fee$13,970
Annual Service Fee$166
Annual Material Fee$249
Retain Course Items (Year 1)$0
Estimated Annual Fee$14,385

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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