• Code: NA 
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award Computer Systems and Networks (5M0529); Google Certificate in Data Analytics
  • Duration: One Year


This course designed to provide a foundation in programming and software development. As well as learning the technical skills needed to write software, computational methods and problem solving will be a key component of this course. On successful completion students wishing to acquire a higher level of professional software development skills can avail of progression routes onto our Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computer Systems & Networks or alternatively may apply via the CAO onto an undergraduate degree programme in a range of third level institutions. Assessment will be through continuous assessment and examinations.

Students will also be given guidance and tuition on the path to obtaining a Google Certificate in Data Analytics. Students will be expected to pursue self-directed learning to complete the Google Certificate.

Programme of Study
  • Fundamentals of Object Orientated Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Program Design and Principles
  • Database Methods
  • Software Testing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent with minimum entry requirement Ordinary Level Maths Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a distinction profile
  • QQI Level 4 Certificate with distinction profile
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places offered following successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Software Developer
  • Mobile App Developer
Higher Education Progression*


  • Software Development QQI Level 6 (6M0691)

TU Dublin: 

  • BSc in Computing (DT211)
  • BSc in Games Design (DT508)
  • BSc in Computing (TA312)
  • BSc in Information Technology


  • BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing (DL836)

IT Carlow:

  • BSc in Computing Games Development (CW208) 

IT Blanchardstown:

  • BSc in Information Technology (BN013) 

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Paul Shortall

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