Higher Diploma Science in Computing
Level 8 About NFQ
School of Computing
The Springboard TeamEmail Phone
1800 221 721 (option 4)
National College of Ireland,
Blended/Online Directed E-Learning Delivery. This is an online/blended learning course. The majority of the programme will be delivered online. More information below under 'Delivery Notes'
Overview of Eligibility and Funding:
For the 1 year full time evening ICT Conversion courses if you are unemployed and in receipt of a DEASP payment you must be in receipt of this payment for 9 of the previous 12 months to be eligible for funding. If you secure a place on this course you will need to transfer to 'Back to Education Allowance' (BTEA). Even though this course is open to applicants irrespective of their employment status, places on Springboard+ courses are limited and applicants who are on a qualifying Social Welfare payment will take priority over others.
Fees: A student contribution fee of €540 is applicable if you are in employment. No fees are applicable if you are unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment (this includes those in receipt of Working Family Payment). This amount must be paid in full no later than Friday 18th November 2022. If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 19th September 2022. Please see https://www.ncirl.ie/NewStudents for more details. Please note that this scheme does not cover any allowance for books and materials
Overview of Course:
The Higher Diploma in Computing (Web Development) is a challenging and rewarding fully online course aimed at upskilling learners in the area of Web Design and Development. This programme would appeal to learners from both computing and non-computing backgrounds, as it takes learners from a base level of no computing knowledge to the point at which learners can enter industry or go freelance as a web developer.
The design of this course mixes live online classes with pre-recorded short form video content and exercises. The learning process is flexible, learners can go back over content, or move ahead as they wish. Live classes are practical and discursive and there is plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Classes are supported by lab assistants and lecturers who are trained in effective online delivery.
Assessments will be comprised of practical and project work based on research, industry-defined practical problems, and case-studies. Assessment is designed to create transferable skills for work such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creative thinking, design thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership, and research skills.
Learners will also consolidate their knowledge and skills by carrying out a three-month work placement. In addition, the Career Bridge module will help the students to enhance their employability skills and improve their overall career prospects.
Graduates of this program will build a base knowledge of computer science, from programming to databases and networking and will specialise in Web Development, including development and deployment, as well as optimisation and maintenance strategies. This specialisation will give learners an in-depth knowledge of both client and server-side scripting, using modern and industry relevant technologies.
Applicants holding a BSc or BA (Honours) degree (level 8) in any discipline will be considered for the course. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis. The National College of Ireland 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.
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:
Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a portable computer (laptop/notebook) with a substantial hardware configuration. Its minimal suitable configuration is 8GB of RAM (16GB are recommended); a modern 64-bit x86 multi-core processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of available space in hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent version of Ubuntu, macOS, or Windows.
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 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.
*Free Laptop loan for eligible students on this course: Students who are eligible for 100% HEA may also be eligible for a free laptop provided on a loan basis for the duration of the programme - subject to maximum numbers. Check https://www.ncirl.ie/Students/ Student-Services/Support-Services/ Student-Laptop-Fund for updates on the next opening date for applications*
· Software Development
· Object Oriented Software Engineering
· Introduction to Databases
· Web Design and Client Side Scripting
· Computer Architecture Operating Systems and Networks
· Cloud Application Development
· Advanced Client Side Development
· Career Bridge
Springboard Careers Advisors will proactively support you to find relevant employment during the course or following completion of the course
Of our Nov 2020 graduating class students that successfully secured new roles within 3 months of completing the course, were hired by companies such as Inclusio, WorkHuman, Backend Helpers Ltd.
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 NCI. The Careers & Employability team, won the National AHECS Gold Award for Excellence in Employability in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018, came highly commended in 2020 and won the Education Award for Career Impact Strategy in 2019 and 2021.
These were awarded for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes. The Career Bridge module 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.
Start Date: The course is expected to start in the week commencing 26th September 2022
Indicative Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 18.00-22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00-18.00. There will also be up to five hours self-directed learning through the college e-learning system weekly. These will not show on your timetable. Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week in Semester 2 from 17.00 to 18.00. Day to be confirmed.
Duration: September to December 2022, January to May 2023, and May to August 2023
While every effort is made to schedule exams for part-time students in the evenings or Saturdays this is not always possible and all students, Part-time and Full-time, are expected to sit end of semester examinations during the day and evening Monday to Saturday.
*All start dates and schedules are indicative and can be subject to change unless otherwise stated*
National College of Ireland
This is a blended/online learning course that features Directed E-Learning activities such as live online classroom sessions and tutorials/videos on the College’s e-learning system. This allows for online class time to be interactive, practical, and focused, with theory-based content being covered outside of class time with self-paced tutorials/videos, and practical content being covered in live online classes with support from lecturers and lab assistants. At certain limited and pre-scheduled times there will be opportunities for on-campus sessions. These on-campus sessions will also be dual delivered so students who do not wish to attend campus for these sessions will have the option of attending them online.
National College of Ireland,
1800 221 721 (option 4)Email
For candidates who do not have a level 8 qualification, 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 relevant work or other experience. The Springboard Team will provide this form to you if you are required to fill it out
ACTION ITEM: Throughout the application process please continue to check your Spam and Junk folders in your email account as emails from email@example.com can at times default to these folders instead. In addition, please ensure that you have only one email address registered with Springboard. The email address that you login to your Springboard account with must match the email address on your Springboard application form. If the email address on the application form is different, you will need to update it. Failure to do so will only cause confusion and as a result you may end up missing vital emails from the Springboard team in regards to your application. We also ask you to review the postal address that you have included on your application form and ensure that is up to date.
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:
Please provide an up to date CV. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for every job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the dates and location(s) of where you resided during that time. Any unexplained gaps will result in a delay in the processing of your Springboard+ application
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.
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/over the phone 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.
As per the self declaration form that you were requested to complete at the time of applying, we will require supporting documentation at a later date. This request will come from a member of the Springboard team directly. Do not provide any other documentation throughout the application process aside from what has been requested.
**Please note that once courses are at capacity they may close without warning**
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