Certificate in Computing & Communications Technology

Dublin City University (CCCT)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Computing and Communications Technology

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Open Education

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information

Richard Bolger




+353 1 700 8331/+353 1 7005649


Open Education Unit
Bea Orpen Building
Glasnevin Campus
Dublin City University
Dublin 9


Springboard managaement

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

DCU's level 8 Certificate in Computing and Communications Technology will provide you with a solid foundation in: Java programming; communications and network technologies; mathematics and statistics. This course is the perfect launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector or who wish to develop ICT and statistical skills and competencies applicable in any sector.

The Certificate consists of three, subject specific, integrated, 15 credit modules and one, 7.5 credit, Technology and ICT Career Success module.

This course is free if you are unemployed and 90% funded if you are in employment.


Transversal skills such as critical thinking, computation, problem solving, communication and team working are developed in all modules. Such skills are identified as cross enterprise skills and, together with specific IT skills, they provide a skill set required across many sectors.

Each module will deliver the following objectives:

Object Oriented Programming with Java (C2) 15 credits
• Write Java code which makes decisions and iterates through loops
• Build Object Oriented programs in Java
• Use the Unified Modelling Language (UML) to model software systems
• Use Scrum methodology in a working environment

Communications Device Theory and Design (CT2) 15 credits
• Communications Systems
• Communication Science
• Communication Networks

Mathematical and Statistical Methods (MS001) 15 credits

• Introductory Algebra and Excel
• Measuring central tendency and dispersion
• Probability
• Statistical estimation
• Hypothesis testing
• Applications of the chi-square distribution
• Correlation and linear regression

ICT for Career Success (O1501) 7.5 credits
• Goal setting, action planning, personal development planning.
• Developing a professional profile
• Employability awareness
• Navigating the labour market
• Interview/presentation skills
• Transitioning to an ICT career

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements to this course for those over 23 years of age on the 1st January in the year of entry. However, in general, applications to funded programmes, such as Springboard, are over-subscribed and selection criteria is then applied over and above the minimum entry criteria. Such criteria include those we have found predictive of success in the past, for example:
Successfully completed study at level 5, 6, or 7
Work experience relevant to the field of study

As this is a primarily online distance education programme, students are required to have on-going access to a computer, related software and a reasonably good internet connection.

Non-native speakers of English must meet the English language entry requirements of the University. See:

Applicants may be requested to attend for interview and/or be invited to complete some preparatory coursework in order to determine their suitability for this intensive course.

Long Description

This course is ideal for those who want to pursue a career in the ICT sector but are unable to, or unsure about, committing to a degree programme.

This course is delivered by distance education. This means there are minimal compulsory
attendance requirements, other than an induction in DCU in September and terminal examinations in May 2019.

Online tutorials take place on week-day evenings; face-to-face tutorials on Saturdays in DCU.
The flexible mode of delivery means students have control over their own time management and can
undertake this course around family or other commitments and regardless of their location.

On completion of this course you will receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Information Technology.

Why Choose This Course

Government initiatives have long recognised the importance of ICT skills for the economy. Employment
opportunities for IT workers relate to jobs within the ICT sector as well as for IT roles in other sectors, with vacancies in IT professional as well as IT managerial roles. With an explosion in the creation of data there is an increasing demand for those with the ability to extract value from that data. Introducing students to statistical analysis is the first step towards harvesting knowledge from data.This certificate course is designed to do just that.

The knowledge, skills and competencies developed in this course equip graduates to operate in the ICT industry’s
evolution to the third platform of growth through the acquisition of high level ICT skills in mobile,
social, big data and cloud technologies.

Additionally, this course develops skills in communications, team-working, problem-solving and business acumen; skills
required across all sectors and highlighted in all reports.

Career Opportunities

The National Skills Bulletin (2016 p.100) identifies that shortages of those with IT skills continue to exist across all sectors of the economy. Shortages have been identified among the following areas: Programming and Software Development, Cloud Computing, InfoSec (IT security), DevOps Engineering, IT project management, IT Business Analysis, Database Administration, Testing and Trouble Shooting and Technical Support. These skills are developed and enhanced in this course.

Timetable Info

Face to face tuition will normally take place on Saturdays in DCU's Glasnevin campus
Online tuition will normally take place on weekday evenings (Mon-Thur)
Examinations will take place between 2nd - 8th May 2019
Students will be provided with a comprehensive timetable at the start of the academic year

Delivery Location

Distance learning from Dublin City University

Delivery Notes

As this programme is delivered by Distance learning it is possible to participate regardless of location.

Admissions Contact Details

Richard Bolger


Open Education Unit
Bea Orpen Building
Glasnevin Campus
Dublin City University
Dublin 9


+353 1 700 8331/+353 1 7005649



Application Procedures

Applications are submitted through the Springboard Application website: www.springboardcourses.ie

Applicants are asked to upload a copy of their academic transcripts (level 5 e.g. Leaving Certificate plus any higher education award at level 6 or higher) to the dropbox provided as part of the application process. Please note English versions of transcripts must be provided.

Applicants are also required to complete a Personal Statement as part of the application process. In no more than 300 words please outline your reasons for applying for this programme. Indicate the amount of time you can dedicate each week for study and the type of employment you are hoping to attain. In your statement tell us which specific
areas of study in the course you are most interested in and why. Please upload this to the dropbox provided as part of the application process.

As places are limited, please note places may be filled in advance of the application deadline.

Decisions of the applications committee are final.