Boston City Campus

Diploma in Systems Development

Diploma in Systems Development

Dip. (Systems Development)

SAQA ID 91923

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in the distance education mode, with all other Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operating as Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus & Business College branch countrywide.

Download the Fact Sheet for additional, detailed programme information.



Semester A

  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Systems Development 1 (Java)
  • IT Systems Management 1

Semester B

  • Technical Systems and Support (A+)
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Praxis 1


Semester A

  • Database Programming 2 (DB Technologies & SQL)
  • Project Management 1
  • Business Ethics
  • Praxis S2 (MSAccess & SQL)

Semester B

  • Systems Development 2A
  • Systems Development 2B (Security+)


Semester A

  • Systems Analysis and Design 3
  • Workflow Management 3
  • Systems Development Project Management 3
  • Praxis S3A (MSProject)

Semester B

  • Systems Development 3
  • Software Testing 3
  • Praxis S3B (Project Development & Execution)


Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS3 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of a 

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count forty percent (40%) towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1 and SA2 respectively, which will be charged for. Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information.


Additionally, Learners may opt to sit for International CompTIA Examinations at Boston City Campus. These examination fees are excluded but charged at cost.



Based on credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is six semesters over a period of three years, and the maximum duration is six years.


On completion of the programme, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

    • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
    • Apply general business principles to real life situations
    • Manage information technology systems analysis functions in organisations
    • Demonstrate project management skills for technology
    • Develop and maintain information technology systems
    • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within Organisations


National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed.

A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced placement into the diploma programme with due regard for the 50% credit transfer rule and guidelines of progression and articulation. For example, a Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120; or a Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120.



On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Diploma in Systems Development, NQF Level 6, SAQA ID 91923, minimum 364 credits from Boston City Campus & Business College.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.