Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (TBC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Major Award from Letterkenny Institute of Technology

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

1 Year Full Time

ECTS Credits

85

Department

Computing

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

General Information
Contact

Thomas Dowling

Email

thomas.dowling@lyit.ie

Phone

074 918 6304

Address

Address: Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Port Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal, F92 FC93, Ireland

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/09/2017

Start Date

18/09/2017

About this Course

This course is a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing. The objective of the course is to take graduates in non-computing fields and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in the computing industry. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment.

Progression
Graduates from the course may proceed to do one of three specialised Postgraduate/MSc programs at Letterkenny IT, the MSc in Systems and Software Security or the MSc in Big Data Analytics or the MSc in Private Cloud Technologies. Last year one student also went onto a level-9 Certificate in DevOps at LyIT and is now a full-time employee with Pramerica Systems.

Entry Requirements

Level-8 in a non-computing discipline. Candidates with a level-7 in a non-computing discipline and at least three years’ work experience which is relevant to their level-7 degree will also be considered.

Note: Due to disappointing completion rates in some of the previous intakes an analysis of entry qualifications and completion rates was carried out. It was found that there was a correlation between graduates GPA in their primary Degree and their subsequent performance on the Higher Diploma. Thus a minimum requirement for a 2:2 GPA in applicant’s primary Degree will be introduced. In addition students will be required to undertake a 1 week bridging course to orientate them and ensure that all students have a minimum knowledge of introductory IT.

Long Description

This course is a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing. The objective of the course is to take graduates in non-computing fields and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in the computing industry. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment.

Progression
Graduates from the course may proceed to do one of three specialised Postgraduate/MSc programs at Letterkenny IT, the MSc in Systems and Software Security or the MSc in Big Data Analytics or the MSc in Private Cloud Technologies. Last year one student also went onto a level-9 Certificate in DevOps at LyIT and is now a full-time employee with Pramerica Systems.

Delivery Location

Campus/Classroom

Delivery Notes

Step 1: Register on springboardcourses.ie

Step 2: Log-in on Springboard website and apply for course(s).

Step 3: Kathleen Mulvin-Brady will respond to your application and request all relevant documentation. Note your application will not be processed until all documentation has been received.

Gather all required documentation(required documentation differs depending on course):
- social welfare receipt, letter from social welfare or letter from commissioner of oaths
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name
- Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.

All requested documentation are compulsory documents. It can take time to gather these documents so please do so prior to submitting your application.

Step 4: Once your documentation has been uploaded and received it will be sent to the Head of Department and reviewed.

Step 5: You will received an email letting you know if your application is successful or unsuccessful.

Step 6: Log-in to Springboardcourses.ie to accept your offer.

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Kathleen Mulvin Brady

Address

Registry, Letterkenny Institute of Technology - Port Road - Letterkenny - County Donegal - Ireland

Phone

074 918 6177

Email

Kathleen.Mulvin-Brady@lyit.ie

RPL Information

RPL: Recognition of Prior Learning Prior learning can be Certified or Experiential. Prior Certified Learning is where an applicant has already been awarded a qualification for a formal programme taken at an institution or training organisation. This prior learning can be recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications and may entitle the applicant to: Admission to a programme or course of study, The award of advanced academic standing, The award of exemptions from some parts of a programme. Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning involves the awarding of credit for learning from experience. In this case, the candidate must demonstrate that the learning experience has occurred by producing a Portfolio of Evidence to support the claim for access, exemption or credit (in some instances the assessor may decide to use an alternative method of assessment, e.g. project or exam.