Higher Diploma in Science in Computing [September 2017] 2 Year Part Time

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (BN509C 2 Years Part Time)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma in Science

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom - Daytime, Mixed


2 Years Part Time

ECTS Credits


Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information

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Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin 15,D15 YV78

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About this Course

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The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion programme which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry.
This programme has over 90% conversion rate ( from completing the programme into full time employment in the ICT Sector. )
SAP, Version 1 and Ergo are the leading employers of graduates from this programme.
The programme carries a unique level of industry support from some of the leading software and IT companies in the world - Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Telecity, Ergo, Sage, Version1 (up to 30 more).

Entry Requirements

Level 7 Ordinary Degree with a significant numerate element. RPL processes may be used to allow access for candidates who have a Level 7 qualification and may wish to use Institute prior learning processes to demonstrate numeracy/ problem solving experience. Suitability of individual applicants usually supported by interview and aptitude testing.

Long Description

What type of Graduates previously took this course ?
Civil engineers, Architects, Sales Managers, Production Managers, Electronic Engineers, Marketing & Language Graduates, Graphic Designers, Architectural Technicians, Accountants, Consultant Engineer, Site Engineer, Surveyor, Test Engineer, Product Engineer, Primary Teacher, Mechanical Engineer.
The IoT Consortium has collaborated on content and delivery and regularly shares best practice. Delivery is adjusted to suit the hinterland of the Institute. GMIT has pioneered online delivery for PT students who are up-skilling in employment very successfully with very strong outcomes. IT Sligo serves its offering online across the country. In some regions, for example Dublin, the pool of FT candidates has shrunk but there is strong uptake and retention for PT provision. In Dublin the evening offering is proving extremely attractive for those in work and there has been significant successful recruitment and retention. Small class groups are sometime made more efficient by overlapping FT and PT delivery.

To get a place on a programme which will give you that vital start in experience as well as knowledge. With vital current skills in Software Development, Database, ICT infrastructure, Systems Analysis, Testing and User Experience allied to hands on use of Web, Mobile and Cloud frameworks this programme will give you real ICT knowledge and skills to add to your existing graduate qualification. Your previous experience and knowledge allied to current ICT knowledge provides a very attractive offering for potential employers.

Note this is an intensive programme requiring dedication and commitment to obtain maximum benefit.

List of Modules :
Software Engineering 1
Computer Systems
Web Development Introduction
Software Engineering 2
Communications and Networking
Modelling and Database Design
Web Application Development
Project Skills
Web Software Engineering
Project Design and Development

Career Opportunities

Graduate employment from the programme has been very strong with the vast majority of successful graduates obtaining graduate entry positions in the ICT sector.
Graduates from the programme will be eligible for progression to an MSc programme in Computing in IT Tallaght.

Timetable Info

1 Saturday per month 9.30am - 5.30pm and blended learning which consists of 12 hours per week of directed learning delivery online.
Lectures will take place over 3 semesters plus 1 semester of self directed learning to complete project.

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Admissions Contact Details

Springboard Administrator


Admissions Office Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Blanchardstown Road North Dublin 15


01 8851530



Application Procedures

Apply Online via Springboard website