Higher Diploma in Science in Computing [2 Years Part-time] [February 2019]

CCT College Dublin (TBC)
Key Programme Details
Award

QQI Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Evening

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

75

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information
Contact

Kathleen Embleton

Email

kathleen@cct.ie

Phone

(01)6333444

Address

Apt 7, The Birch, Carysfort Hall

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/03/2019

Start Date

02/2019

End Date

12/2020

About this Course

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing aims to provide an opportunity for learners with a degree outside the computing arena (in a cognate discipline) to reskill their career trajectories to align with the computing sector. Additionally, it aims to provide an opportunity for learners with degrees in computing at Level 7 to up-skill their knowledge and gain a competitive advantage in the computing sector, or Level 8 ICT graduates an opportunity to re-skill.

The programme utilises a carefully architected programme schedule that introduces learners to fundamental aspects of computing early-on, quickly allowing them use these skills to gain a greater knowledge of current computing topics such as mobile development and cloud computing.

Objectives

The overall objectives of this programme are:
1. To provide learners, holding a cognate ICT degree (NFQ Level 7), with the opportunity to up-skill their career trajectories to align with the computing sector.
2. To provide learners with cognate discipline degrees at NFQ Level 8, to up-skill their knowledge and gain a competitive advantage in the computing sector.
3. To provide graduates with award at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
4. To provide graduates with the ability to start or advance their Computing career by securing employment in a range of entry-level and junior manager positions.
5. To provide graduates with the foundation upon which they can further their studies at level 9 (M.Sc.) in Computing or one of many Computing-related disciplines (in Ireland or abroad) such as Computer Science, Computational Science, Information Systems, IT Management, Technology and Innovation Management, Information Security & Digital Forensics, Information Systems Processes, and others.

Entry Requirements

CCT has identified entry criteria and processes that will enable it to determine an applicant's potential to succeed on the proposed programme.
Applicants should submit an application with evidence of the following:
a) A Level 7 Ordinary degree award in the discipline of ICT (normally 5 years old or greater) OR
b) A Level 8 Honours degree award in a cognate discipline of ICT, OR
c) Submission of an application based on Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning

An application for entry onto this programme should include:
1. Completed direct CCT application form
2. Updated CV
3. ID Verification (passport picture page copy)
4. Attested original copies of degree qualification parchment (L7 or L8)
5. Attested original copies of final degree transcript of results (L7 or L8)
6. RPEL documentation as required by CCT (if applying on the basis of prior experiential learning)
7. Evidence of English Language proficiency scores if the applicant's first language is not English (IELTS, TOEFL etc.)

For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence must be provided of English Language proficiency equivalent to or greater than B2+ in the CERFL. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge etc. will be accepted as evidence for equivalence assessment purposes.

Applicants may have limited, narrow, or no experience in computing. In cases where an applicant is experienced and may be granted exemptions, this will be managed in accordance with the CCT policy and, in all cases, a minimum of 60 credits of new learning must be successfully completed in order to receive the award of Higher Diploma.
Applicants may be called for an admissions interview, with the Head of Faculty of ICT and Head of Admissions of CCT. This is normal procedure for CCT Springboard+ / ICT Skills programmes.

Long Description

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing aims to provide an opportunity for learners with a degree outside the computing arena (in a cognate discipline) to reskill their career trajectories to align with the computing sector. Additionally, it aims to provide an opportunity for learners with degrees in computing at Level 7 to up-skill their knowledge and gain a competitive advantage in the computing sector, or Level 8 ICT graduates an opportunity to re-skill.
The programme utilises a carefully architected programme schedule that introduces learners to fundamental aspects of computing early-on, quickly allowing them use these skills to gain a greater knowledge of current computing topics such as mobile development and cloud computing.
This 2 year part time programme, comprises of 75 credits, 11 modules, delivered over four terms / semesters, and culminates with a 15 ECTS Work Placement module, or a Guided Technology Project module. The modules per semester are presented in accordance with a programme schedule, which starts with an immersion of the participants in a broad set of fundamentals in computing, progressing to a more specialised set of modules, deepening the knowledge, skills and competencies of participants, over the first 3 semesters. Finally, Semester 4 comprises of a Work Placement and Job Readiness module, which entails an industry internship organised by CCT for three months, or an industry relevant Guided Technology Project.

This programme is delivered over 4 academic semesters, 2 calendar years:

Semester 1
Software Development Fundamentals
Web Development
Databases
Networking & Virtualisation

Semester 2
Software Development Fundamentals
Operating Systems & Architecture
Strategic Business IT
Professional Practice in IT

Semester 3
Algorithms and Constructs
Mobile Development
Cloud Based Web Applications

Semester 4
Guided Technology Project (Elective)

This is a two year, part time, Honours Diploma programme, with contact hours delivered over evening and weekend schedule slots (to afford any enrolled student the opportunity to accept a daytime job offer and continue to completion of the course). This programme has been designed by CCT for QQI validation at level 8 on the Irish NFQ, with expert industry participation, and endorsement.

Timetable Info

2 Evenings per week and 4 Saturdays per semester

Delivery Location

CCT College Dublin
30-34 Westmoreland Street
Dublin 2

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Kathleen Embleton

Address

30-34 Westmoreland Street
Dublin 2

Phone

(01)6333444

Email

Kathleen@cct.ie

Application Procedures

Please apply through the Springboard website and you will then be contacted by a staff member from CCT College Dublin.