About the course

About the course

Dive into the world of web development and software programming with our web development course, which delivers the practical skills you need to design, build and manage websites.

In our web development course you'll:

  • deepen your understanding of current industry web and software programming tools
  • develop skills used in designing and building enterprise databases, software and web applications, android applications, and addressing content management and versioning control
  • learn how to use web technologies including PHP, PHP Framework, CSS3, HTML5, Bootstrap 3+, JEE Java for the Web, JPA, ORM, JSP, and Servlets
  • study software programming languages including: C#.NET, Java, Java Script, Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, WordPress, and Eclipse

You'll also get to work with a team on a project to design, develop and present a web/software/database solution to meet an enterprise specification requirement. In 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 web/software solution
  • validate and test a solution

You may consider commencing your studies at the Certificate IV in Information Technology level to ensure you have the underpinning knowledge and skills for this diploma.

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

You also have the opportunity to study and complete a dual qualification in the Diploma of Software Development.

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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

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to design, build and manage websites as an independent web developer or as part of a team.

After successful completion of our website development course, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities including as a:

  • web developer
  • web development manager
  • web programmer
  • website manager
  • webmaster
  • web administrator
  • internet developer
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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.


International students please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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Pathways & Accreditation

Our website development course has a strong core ICT base, sharing the same core competencies as several other IT qualifications of the same level. Depending on the stream chosen, you may wish to apply for our Bachelor of Computer Systems or alternatively you can apply for a variety of degree courses at La Trobe, Monash, Deakin or Australian Catholic University. 

International students: You may wish to apply or package this course with the Bachelor of Computer Systems at Box Hill Institute.

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$13,620
Annual Service Fee$166
Annual Material Fee$299
Retain Course Items (Year 1)$0
Estimated Annual Fee$14,085

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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Course Structure

For the Diploma of Website Development, you need to complete a minimum of 8 core units and 12 elective units.

If you choose to enrol in the dual qualifications, you will need to complete the:

  • Diploma of Website Development: 8 core units and 12 elective units, and
  • Diploma of Software Development: 10 core units and 6 elective units

There are common core and elective units across both qualifications. The total number of units to be studied in the dual qualification will be 24 units.

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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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