Dun Laoghaire Further Education InstituteComputer Software Development

Computer Software Development

South Dublin County
1 year
Further Education and PLC, Level 5 QQI

Course description

This one year Pre-University computer science course provides an opportunity to train for a rewarding career in the IT industry.  Students will develop the skills to be able to design, create and maintain websites, databases and computer networks, as well as the fundamentals of computer programming using java, C#, PHP, Javascript and Visual Basic using Visual Studio, software architecture and technical support.  This course is supported by FIT (fast Track into IT) which is a unique IT led initiative that offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment in the thriving IT sector.  Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.  Visits to companies are also organised with a view to possible internships.

Entry Requirements
One of the following:
Leaving Certificate
A QQI Level 4 Award
Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Programming and Design Principles
  • Database Methods
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Networking Essentials
  • Web Authoring
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Level 5 QQI Award Software Development (5M0529)
CompTIA Certification (Optional)

Additional Information
This course is delivered through a blended learning approach which is a combination of classroom and online learning.

Progression Opportunities
DFEi: Graduates may progress to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Networking at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

Progression Examples

University College Dublin

  • BSc in Computer Science

National University of Ireland Maynooth

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • BSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • BSc in Multimedia Mobile and Web Development

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

  • BSc in Creative Media Technologies
  • BSc in Creative Computing

TU Dublin – City Campus (formerly DIT)

  • BSc in Computer Science

Career Paths
There are a number of possible job opportunities for students with a solid programming background. The key areas of employment include: junior programmer, software developer, website design/maintenance, IT user support technician, network administration and network security.

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