Diploma in Systems Development

Diploma in Systems Development

Working in Systems Development involves the fascinating process of turning concepts into practical software applications. It is a rewarding career path with a focus on innovation and adaptability.

The Diploma in Systems Development prepares you with knowledge, theory, and methodology of the important disciplines in information technology systems development.  
Dive into the intricate world of business principles, workflow management, and technological resources, as you learn the art of managing complex systems. As a Systems Developer, you will have the opportunity to explore diverse industries, where your expertise in Systems Development will open doors to a wide range of thrilling career paths.

Graduates of this Diploma may consider transitioning to a Boston Degree or Advanced Diploma for deeper specialisation.

Dip (Systems Development)

Time to Complete:

3 (minimum) - 9 (maximum) Years

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

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.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Learners may opt to sit for International CompTIA and AWS Academy examinations at Boston City Campus. These examination fees are excluded but charged at cost.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Junior Business Systems Analyst, Data Analyst, Security Solutions Enterprise Account Manager
  • Junior Programmer, Software Developer, Web Developer, Data Warehouse Developer
  • Database Developer, Solution Engineer, IT Project Manager or Team Leader
  • Junior Architect, Assistant Manager/Manager
  • Customer Relationship, Key Account Supervisor and IT Sales, Assistant Manager/Manager

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
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Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Systems Development 1 (Java)
  • IT Systems Management 1
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Technical Systems and Support (A+)
  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Praxis 1
Semester ASemester B
  • Database Programming 2 (DB Technologies & SQL)
  • Business Ethics
  • Android App Development
  • Praxis S2 (DB Technologies, SQL and Java)
  • Systems Development 2A
  • Systems Development 2B
Semester ASemester B
  • Systems Analysis and Design 3
  • Workflow Management 3
  • Systems Development Project Management 3
  • Praxis S3A (Ethical Hacking)
  • Systems Development 3
  • Software Testing 3
  • Praxis S3B (Cyber Law, Project Development and Execution)
  • Personal and Career Development (AWS)

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.

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


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.