The Software Engineering Programme is designed for IT and non-IT professionals who are interested to transition their career into programming, software, web and UI development. The programme includes practical training, industry award and job placement support to help professionals secure a job in the software industry.

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The software engineering programme can be taken in either 24 weeks part time or 12 weeks full time and is designed for career-driven professionals to transition into the software development industry. The programme includes pre-work, intensive practical training, industry award and a job outcomes programme in collaboration with industry partners. The course content has been tailored to give you the skills that are demanded by businesses in today’s rapidly evolving job market.

Remote learning is available for this programme. The interactive remote format enabled by video conferencing technology is a rich and connected experience featuring virtual break-out rooms, shared screens, digital whiteboards, peer to peer collaboration and instructor support

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The opportunity is massive in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. According to the Digital Skills Aotearoa Report, local tech companies have been creating approximately 2,000 new jobs a year on average for the past 10 years. In 2019, 555 new companies were created in the NZ tech sector alone, up three percent from 2018.

AUT & Institute of Data

Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand's most practical software engineering training programme.

Learn how to create interactive web pages with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, connect them with backend databases and develop best practices in software engineering from dedicated software industry professionals.

The Software Engineering Programme is a structured training program designed to help you develop the practical skills you will need as a software developer. After completing your Software Engineering Programme, you will receive an AUT Software Engineering Certificate of Completion and Institute of Data Certificate of Achievement.

Hundreds of professionals choose the Institute of Data every year to prepare them for their future career after careful consideration of their desired career progression and to attain maximum return on investment for their education. Leading the future of the profession, the Institute of Data offers a collaborative and successful programme, designed to ensure you have the technical and interpersonal skills required to accelerate your career in the software industry.


Software Engineering Programme 

The next programme starts

22nd July 2024 (Full-time)

22nd July 2024 (Part-time)

With the practical training programme you will...


Be ready to practice software development

The programme is designed to prepare students for real commercial work in the area of software engineering. Our programme is focused on practical in-class training, labs and real-life projects to prepare you for the industry.


Receive the best training and the latest curriculum

The programme trainers are actively working in the industry and will teach you how to practice software engineering. The curriculum is developed by the Institute of Data Academic Committee with decades of experience working in data, automation and software engineering.


Be more attractive to employers

The programme results in a AUT Software Engineering Certificate of Completion and Institute of Data Certificate of Achievement which signals to employers that you are ready to join the industry. Your resume and profile will be reviewed by your Job Outcomes team to give you the best possible chance of success.


Get more support and guidance

The member network offers support and guidance from mentors and direct connections to the industry. You will connect with employers at both exclusive and public events held for alumni.

Programme structure

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Students complete curated online pre-work designed to prepare every student with the foundational skills required to complete all coursework and training.


Remote or In Class Training

Students undertake a professional in-classroom course from a team of expert industry trainers from leading consultancies and enterprises to acquire the most sought-after practical training in the country.


Job outcomes

You will undergo a Job Outcomes Programme which will help position you for the best chance of a new job opportunity and/or internal promotion. Land a job in one of the most sought after fields in tech with the guidance of professional career coaches and access to our hiring network.

How will I be assessed?

The Software Engineering Programme uses competency based assessment through the completion of labs and a final capstone project. There is no formal exam. The capstone project is a real-life project and is assessed against the competency based assessment standards set by the Academic Committee.

Industry Partners & Contacts

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We'll help you transition into the software development industry. We have a 93% job outcome success rate within 180 days of graduation for active job seekers.

Syllabus Breakdown

Software Development Principles
  • Creating a Basic Web Page
  • Version Control
  • Gathering Requirements and Wireframe Design
  • Test Driven Development
  • Industry Best Practices
Introductory Front-End Development
  • Web Browsers and the Internet
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Fluid Layout
JavaScript Programming
  • Fundamentals
  • Intermediate JavaScript
  • Advanced JavaScript
  • Mini-project 1
More on Front-End Development
  • JavaScript Frameworks
  • Figma
  • Bootstrap
  • Working with Data
  • App Enhancements
Introduction to Back-End Development
  • Web Services and JavaScript Applications
  • Developing the MVC Structure
  • Designing a Back-End Service
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Swagger
Web Design with React - I
  • JSX
  • Components and Props
  • Thinking in React
  • Code Splitting
Web Design with React - II
  • Hooks
  • Routing
  • Integration with Libraries
  • Mini-project 2
  • Database Design
  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • Redis
API Development
  • Sockets
  • Model View Controller
  • Mini-project 3
Software Deployment
  • Docker
  • CI/CD with GitHub Actions
  • EC2
  • Beanstalk
Ongoing Modules
  • Additional Topics: determined by students and Lead Trainer
  • Job Outcomes Programme
  • Consultation and Presentation Training
  • Software Engineering Practice
  • Capstone Project


Fees and Payment
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Programme Entry Requirements
  • Bachelor degree in any field of studies
  • Any previous qualification undertaken in English or obtained IELTS 5.5
  • Complete the assigned online pre-work provided to you when you enrol
Time Commitment: Part Time Programme
24 weeks intensive remote or in-class training | 2 night classes per week + 1 fortnightly Saturday class
Time Commitment: Full Time Programme
12 weeks intensive remote or in-class training | Monday-Friday
AUT Campus & Remote