Certificate in Information Technology

Dublin City University (CIT)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Information 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


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


Springboard management

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

DCU's level 8 Certificate in Information Technology will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to web design and development, networks, communications, user interaction and programming. On completion of this course you will have much sought after expertise in web technologies, communication technologies, user experience and user interaction. This course is the perfect launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

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

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


The IT and Web Technology Fundamentals (C1) module introduces students to JavaScript and HTML and builds to attaining skills in PHP web programming. These languages are identified in the EGFSN's High Level ICT Current & Future Skills Needs (2016) as requirements for ICT, cloud computing and the financial and telecommunications industries.

The Principles of Communications, Devices & Networks (CT1) module gives students insight into the use of technology in various business domains. It introduces students to the enabling science of telecommunications and the functions and services of the evolving telecommunication systems including digital communications and wireless networks. This area
has also been highlighted by EFSN (2016) as one with identifiable recruitment needs in ICT, network security, telecommunications and international financial services.

The National Skills Bulletin (2017) identifies the need for ICT skills which enhance users’ online experience (UX) and support user interaction (UI). These skills, which are becoming increasingly important as businesses migrate to online platforms, are developed in the Exploring Interaction Design (HS1) module.

Technology and ICT Career Success (O1501)
This module facilitates students to build on their existing skills and knowledge in line with the development of their specialist area of study. Students will be provided with practical guidance on scanning the labour market and identifying areas of potential employment. They will develop tools to allow them to market themselves and their skills and enhance their employability.

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

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.

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:
1) Prior, successfully completed, study at level 5, 6, or 7
2) 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

An example of topics covered in each module is as follows:

IT and Web Technology Fundamentals: (C1) 15 credits
Hardware, Software fundamentals
Fundamentals of Operating Systems
HTML5, CSS3, Web Design and UX
Mobile web development, SEO and Search
Fundamentals of Programming with JavaScript
Functions and data structures with JavaScript
Explain programming and code to others
Demonstrate and critique code with peers via group work
Server Side Development with PHP
Deploying web applications via Linux to the Cloud

Principles of Communications, Devices & Networks (CT1)15 credits
Telecommunications and the development of networks
Digital communications
Transmission media
Optical communication
Wireless networks

Exploring Interaction Design (HS1)15 credits
Introduction to Interaction Design
Learning to learn
Research methods
Establishing requirements
Sketching and prototyping
Evaluating usability and user experience

Technology and ICT 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

Why Choose This Course

This one year, level 8 certificate enables students to enhance their skill set by specialising in areas such as ICT, General Computing, Web Development and Network and Wireless Technology which have been identified as having significant skill requirements in the coming years (National Skills Bulletin, 2017)

Career Opportunities

The Springboard + 2018 call highlights a need not only to upskill and reskill those who remain out of the workforce but also to focus on upskilling those in employment. ICT represents one of the major growth areas of the economy. This entry level 8 ICT course facilitates both returners, and those in employment, to gain valuable skills regardless of where they are located.

The Regional Skills Fora have identified skills and labour shortages in ICT, including testing, technical support, networking and infrastructure together with skills in enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI). As this course is delivered by distance education it can address skills and labour shortages throughout Ireland. Skills in
relation to ICT, together with comprehensive soft skills requirements across all sectors are identified as required skills. These skills are exceptionally well developed in this course. In addition to academic content, students develop skills in relation to creativity, design, innovation, critical thinking, oral and written communication, presentation, collaboration and team working.

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 qualification 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 in the application form.

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

Decisions of the applications committee are final.