Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

Course Description Recommended Prior Learning

Working knowledge of Python, HTML, CSS and SQL is a big advantage. There is a strong preference for students to have successfully completed a Level 1 Digital Technologies course. Alternatively students will be considered who can demonstrate their ability to code.

This is a Digital Technologies Course for students who wish to specialise in Software Engineering and Computer Science in areas such as programming, database, or web technologies. During the course of the year, students will design and develop a software engineering project through to a finished data driven web application.

Student learning will generally revolve around advanced skills in the following areas:

  • Functional programming (primarily using Python)
  • Problem solving using Python
  • Web development including web apps
  • Database design and implementation
  • Software Engineering skills including version control and testing

This course combines Digital Technologies disciplines and prepares students for an increasingly wide range of tertiary or employment pathways.

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

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.

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies - Computer and Electrical Engineering, NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies - Interactive Game Design, NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies - Product & Digital Design, NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

Career Pathways

Software Developer, Systems Administrator, Information Technology Architect, Game Developer, User Experience Designer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students may opt into the COSC 121 course run through the University of Canterbury in July
$10 Consumables