Higher Diploma in Science in Web Technologies [Online] January 2018

National College of Ireland (HDWTICTJAN18OL)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma in Science in Web Technologies

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Distance


1 Year Full Time

ECTS Credits



School of Computing

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

General Information

The Springboard Team




1850 221 721


Springboard Office, National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1


Springboard Projects Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course


This course is for non-technical professionals in the workplace and college graduates from non-technical disciplines at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. It should be noted that the course contains a large amount of technical content and independent study on projects and assessments.

This course will be delivered entirely online, including orientation, classes and assessments. Additionally students are welcome to avail of any NCI service offered to face to face students, such as dedicated academic support in the areas of learning, careers, maths and computing. Learners may avail of these supports face to face or online, depending on their personal preference. This option entirely cuts travel costs for students, and also provides a more flexible and student paced learning environment. NCI uses state of the art class delivery software to teach online, delivered by lecturers highly trained in online teaching and engagement techniques. All classes are recorded and made available to students to re-watch at their own pace.


As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:
• Create web applications using the latest frameworks
• Model data, implement databases and connect them to web applications
• Engineer a web application from requirements through analysis, design, implementation and testing
• Utilise modern data-interchange tools and asynchronous communication
• Use the latest APIs to develop interactive and engaging solutions
• Architect and implement a full stack application using best practice coding standards

Entry Requirements

Applicants holding an honours degree (level 8) in any discipline will be considered for the course. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work produced and interview.

Technical Requirements:
Besides having a very strong WIFI connection, students of online courses at the National College of Ireland are required to have the following equipment in order to effectively participate in an online classroom:

• Laptop/Desktop
Students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using their own laptop computer with a substantial hardware configuration. A suitable configuration is 6GB of RAM (8GB or more is recommended); a 64-bit x86 processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent installed release of Mac OS or Windows operating system. It is your responsibility to ensure that your laptop is function correctly and that you have full administrator rights to the machine. NCI cannot provide support to personal devices.

• Microphone
Any microphone is acceptable, provided the audio is clear. Most laptops have an inbuilt microphone which is perfectly acceptable, however occasionally an external mic is necessary.
You may test your microphone’s compatibility with your browser here: https://www.onlinemictest.com/

• Headphones
Headphones are strongly recommended to avoid echo while using the microphone.

• External Webcam
External Webcams (USB cable) are required in order to authenticate yourself for examination purposes. Onboard webcams, ie webcams built into the laptop are not appropriate for examination authentication. Webcams are not required for day to day classes.

Long Description

Semester 1
• Object Oriented Software Engineering
• Web Design
• Introduction to Databases
• Server Side Web Technologies
• Career Bridge

Semester 2
• Digital Multimedia
• Web Application Development
• Computer Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks (Elective)
• Domain Skills for the Web Technologies Domain (Elective) these 2 modules are mutually exclusive
• Career Bridge

Semester 3

Work placement will occur either during term time or upon course completion. The Career Bridge module is worked into each of the programme schedules. Assisting students develop and achieve their career goals is a core mission within the NCI Career Development & Employability Office (CDEO) who have won the AHECS “Excellence in Employability Award” for 2013 and 2014 and 2016. These were awarded for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes. The CDEO delivers the Career Bridge module across two semesters and involves producing a career action plan and develops in students the ability to self-manage their careers, identify and apply for career opportunities, develop an online brand, network effectively and promote themselves at interview.

Why Choose This Course

Codecademy (www.codecademy.com) provide some excellent tutorials for the novice web developer. These tutorials cover topics such as introductory HTML & CSS. This is a great head start for applicants to our programme. Sever Side Technologies are also covered such as an introduction to Ruby on Rails.

W3 Schools (http://www.w3schools.com/) provide the gold standard in introductory HTML, CSS, and JavaScript tutorials.

Career Opportunities

The Career Development & Employability Office work collaboratively with students and proactively with Industry to identify suitable work placement opportunities and will endeavour to secure a work placement for each eligible student.The work placement is an ideal way to use your newly acquired skills to transition into your chosen career. Active engagement with your work placement advisor from the start of the programme is required. The work placement is for a minimum of 3 months with most companies requiring students for a 6 month period on average.

Recent graduates from this programme secured roles in web development, web design, server engineering, graphic design, technical support, and I.T. administration

NCI is the only college in Ireland where every student has a Pluralsight licence. Pluralsight is the largest global independent online learning tool for technologists and technology students. Students of this programme will have unlimited access to thousands of online tutorials authored by global industry experts and widely recognised by industry. Example: IBM Bluemix tutorial. www.pluralsight.com

Timetable Info

Indicative Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 18:00 - 22:00 and a number of Saturdays
(Every second Monday will be a 17:00 start)

Duration: 1 Year - 3 Semesters from January to May, late May to August and September to December 2018

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Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

The Springboard Team


Springboard Office, National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1


1850 221 721



RPL Information

The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work produced and interview. The Springboard Team will provide you with an RPEL form if you are required to fill one out.

Application Procedures

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

1. Your current curriculum vitae: The information on your CV should match the Application Form and it should be completely accurate with no unsupported additions. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for each job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the location(s) of where you resided during that time.
2. Career Statement: Please include a 300 word career statement detailing what has motivated you to undertake the programme and how the programme fits in with your career objectives. This statement is compulsory and must be course specific. It should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the course and have a broad understanding of the course you are applying for. Unless it refers explicitly to the course you are applying for it will not be accepted. Please also ensure that you have included your full name and the exact course title on the career statement.
3. Educational Transcripts for any relevant qualifications listed in your application form and the final certificates for any qualifications listed in your application form. Alternatively a Diploma Supplement will suffice if it contains a breakdown of all subjects taken for the duration of the course.
4. Candidates whose qualifications are in foreign languages - please ensure all documentation is provided in its original language. You must also have these documents officially translated into English by a professional, registered translation company. Translations done by you, the applicant, are not acceptable. There are a number of such companies here in Dublin 1 who will do this for you.
5. 1 passport sized photograph in JPEG format to be used on your student card (please do not send a copy of your passport or other ID)
6. Non-EU applicants will need to provide a copy of their GNIB card showing a Stamp 4 EUFAM
7. Verification of Status Required: In Employment - please provide a letter from your current employer on headed paper, signed and dated. Homemaker - Please provide a letter/statement signed by the Commissioner for Oaths confirming your current status. A form to complete the process is available here: https://www.springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Homemakers.pdf. Department of Social Protection - Please provide a recently dated letter confirming that you are on the live register detailing which payment you are in receipt of (alternatively your most recent post office receipt will suffice) or a letter confirming that you are signing for social insurance contribution credits. Previously Self Employed - A letter from your accountant or revenue confirming that your business is no longer trading.

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application.

Further Documentation/Interview Requirements
Depending on your background you may be required to submit additional documentation and/or participate in an interview or logic test. The Course Director may also request to meet you in person for an informal interview to assess your suitability for the course. We will advise you in due course if any of the above applies to you.

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English may also be required to sit the free NCI Academic Competency Test. Regardless of how long you have lived or worked in Ireland if you have not already successfully completed an academic course through English lasting at least one year and if you cannot provide a suitable IELTS or TOEFL test result you may need to do the NCI Academic Competency Test. We will advise you if this applies to you.

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