NCEA Level 1 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Creighton

Recommended Prior Learning

Any student will have the opportunity to enter this course (regardless of their current knowledge or skill sets), as the course will initially teach and assess those essential skills.Students are recommended to have some familiarity with programming.

NCEA Level 1 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

This is a foundation Digital Technologies course for students who wish to specialise in Computer Science with a focus on programming, database, and algorithmic thinking.

Student learning in Year 11 will center around basic skills development including;

  • Functional programming (using Python)
  • Database creation and management
  • Computer Science knowledge and concepts.
  • Web Development in HTML and CSS

Students will be encouraged to compete in the range of programming competitions available throughout the year.

Students will develop their programming skills to problem solve a range of problems.

When people think of Computer Science they often just think of programming, but there are many more aspects to the field including interaction design, communications and networks, software design, computer security, information systems, big data, machine learning, graphics, operating systems, educational systems, artificial intelligence, and embedded systems (processors that are embedded in everything from mobile phones to cars). All of these areas are experiencing rapid growth both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, and there is a strong demand for Computer Science.

NCEA Level 1

Learning Areas:

Digital Technologies


NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Computer and Electrical Engineering, NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Interactive Game Design, NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Product & Digital Design, NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

Career Pathways

Business Analyst, Software Developer, Biomedical Engineer, Information Technology Manager, Systems Administrator, Game Developer, Test Analyst, Security Analyst, Data Analyst

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10 Consumables. It is strongly recommended that students purchase a $20 Print Credit from the Student Office.


Burnside High School may change any costs, courses or standards offered without notice.