Higher Diploma in Science in Computing, Software Development specialisation [Face to Face Delivery] January 2018

National College of Ireland (HDCSDEVICTJAN18)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing - Major Award from Quality Qualifications Ireland

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Evening


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

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

This course will appeal to non-technical professionals or graduates with a level 8 degree from different backgrounds who would like to upgrade their skills in the computing domain, helping them to progress faster in their employment or to apply the gained knowledge in their current role. The course teaches students the computing fundamentals, complemented with detailed knowledge, problem-solving and specialised technical skills required for designing, developing and deploying software.

Software Development offers learners detailed knowledge,problem-solving and technical skills in the area of software development using, for example, the Java programming language and the Ruby on Rails framework.


In particular this programme will equip the graduates for entry-level ICT related positions that require designing, implementing, testing and deploying of software solutions. Of our 2016 graduating class, 85% were in employment within 3 months of completing the programme. 38% used the programme to upskill and seek promotions within software development or career transition from an unrelated industry to software development. 24% who were unemployed at the start of the programme secured relevant employment.

Entry Requirements

A level 8 degree or its equivalent in a non-cognate discipline. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis. 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 extensive relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work produced and interview.

The Classroom version of this course will take place in a lab and your own device will not be required for lectures, although a personal device would be useful for independent work and projects.

Long Description

Semester 1
• Object Oriented Software
• Software Development
• Web Design
• Computer Architecture
Systems and Networks
• Introduction to Databases
• Career Bridge

Semester 2
• Data Structures and Algorithms
• Advanced Programming
• Web Services and API
• Server Side Development
• Domain skills for Computing
• Career Bridge

Semester 3
• Project

Work placement will occur either during term time or upon course completion.

Why Choose This Course

Online resources to help you get prepared for your course :

If you have never coded before do the 1 hour of code and the 20 hours of code tutorials:

Make a website in 3 hours - Step by step guide for beginners:

Done that? Try a more in-depth look (7 hours):

If you have never used HTML/CSS before, do the two Code Academy tutorials:

“Hour of Code” - Drag and drop intro to basic coding concepts (designed for 7-70 yr olds, don't be put off by the apparent simplicity of it)

Done that? Try the full 20 Hours - again this may seem fairly simple to you but if you follow through all 20 lessons you will have absorbed a good solid understanding of the main coding concepts

If you have coded before, but not in Java, try this free online course :

If you want to practise your Java :

Career Opportunities

The latest report from Forfas “Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills” predicts a demand of 5% a year for additional ICT graduates up to 2018 in Ireland. The modules for the course were chosen to suit the needs of this sector and thus securing future employment for graduates.

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.

Timetable Info

Indicative Schedule
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 18:00 - 22:00 and some Saturdays 09:00 - 18:00
(Career bridge will be delivered in class or online every second week (5pm or 6pm)

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

Delivery Location

National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
Dublin 1

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 entry requirements may be considered based on extensive relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed through an interview and assessment

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.

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software Development) - Detailed Module Description

Please note that these course outlines are not up to date and are subject to change. They will give the applicant a general overview of the course material covered