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Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering

Billy Blue College of Design


The Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering provides opportunities for individuals wishing to professionally upskill to acquire new technology skills. This course consists of four subjects totalling 40 credit points forming the foundation for all postgraduate Software Engineering specialisations such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Networking & Cybersecurity.


  • Associate Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Developer
  • Senior Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Junior Systems Engineer
  • Data Analyst


Qualification Title Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering    

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time Blended*

Part-time Blended*

Full-time Online

Part-time Online

*Blended (face to face on campus plus facilitated online)

Start Dates


Course Length

Full-time: 2 trimesters

Part-time: 4 trimesters

Maximum duration: 2 years

Admission Criteria

The standard entry requirement is a completed qualification at AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University in a relevant field of study or an equivalent overseas higher education qualification or equivalent.

Students without an undergraduate degree, may be admitted on the basis of

  • At least 3 years professional experience in software development (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; AND

  • A discipline specific portfolio; AND

  • A recommendation letter from 2 most recent employers (applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

Payment Options - Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Course study requirements

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.


Project/Application/Research Proposal, Process/Research Documentation, Application Outcome, Reflective Journal/ Blog, Report/Essay, Presentation/ Pitch, Examinations/Tests/ Quizzes, Research, Collaboration, Individual self-directed major project, Work integrated learning project work, Software development for social enterprise.


Sydney Campus

Melbourne Campus



Torrens University Australia

Provider obligations

Torrens University Australia is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Accrediting body

Torrens University Australia Ltd

Course Fees

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Key Dates

2019 course dates for all Billy Blue classes held at our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses.

Start Dates Census Dates Last Day Breaks
Mon 04 Nov 2019 25 Nov 9 Feb 23 Dec – 05 Jan 2020
Mon 17 Feb 2020 6 Mar 10 May 11 May – 1 Jun
Mon 1 Jun 2020 19 Jun 23 Aug 24 Aug – 14 Sep
Mon 14 Sep 2020 2 Oct 6 Dec 7 Dec – 15 Feb 2021

Course Structure

The course structure comprises of 4 Software Engineering core subjects at level 400.

Level 400 4 core subjects  

Course rules

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering, students must complete 40 credit points over 4 subjects as outlined in the course structure above. Each subject has a value of 10 credit points

COURSE SUBJECTS - Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering

In this subject students are introduced to the current Software Engineering standards and processes, with the aim of enabling them to analyse, design, and implement software projects that follow certain quality measures at every stage of the Software Development Life Cycle. The subject covers requirements engineering, modelling and design of software, software architecture, verification and validation of software systems, and other topics that are related to software engineering practices.

This subject helps students explore several non-technical aspects of software development, especially pertaining to human behavior and interactions so that students can appreciate the human aspects of technology. Broadly, the subject covers the theory of knowledge, human cognition, ethical and moral values, analysis of human history, critical analysis, creative aspects of the human mind and social interaction among human beings through a technological context. Students will use the specialised skills that they gain in other subjects to help formulate and suggest innovative solutions to problems that affect diverse societies

This subject deals with integrating the entire development lifecycle of IT systems in a secure environment through secure design methodologies, software development models, architecture design and industry Secure by Design standards like OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). This subject also deals with how to build adequate security into systems to maintain integrity and safety of the functionality of IT systems while being exposed to cyber threats.

In this subject the students are introduced to the main project management principles and modern software project management practices. During the subject, the different methods for managing and optimising the software development process are discussed along with the different techniques for performing each phase of the software development life cycle.

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