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Advanced Software Development (Level 6)

Course Description

Fastrack to IT (FIT) announced its second ICT skills audit: a survey of over 60 companies in Ireland that reveals the need for skilled ICT professionals in all sectors continues to grow. The FIT audit reveals Big Data Analysis as having the highest demand for skills at expert level, whereas areas such as Networking & PC Maintenance, Contact Centre Support, and Platform Administration have a higher requirement for candidates with competent and entry level skills. Many of these IT roles and in-demand skillsets lend themselves to vocational forms of study. 

Key findings from the FIT skills audit include:

  • 75% of immediate vacancies are for employees able to exercise skills at the competent and entry levels, compared to 25% at the expert level.
  • Networking & PC Maintenance and Platform Administration disciplines remain an excellent route into the ICT sector for those with entry level skills which account for about 40% of the in-demand roles available.
  • Software development is a thriving sector with strong demand for programmers across platforms especially mobile computing and a high demand for software testing skill with entry level roles on offer.
  • Teamwork and multi-tasking were voted first and second most important attributes in the survey section given over entirely to soft skills and professional development.
  • Technology is rapidly evolving and transforming the way we live and do business and emerging technologies will continue to shape the skills needs of the ICT sector.

This course is a QQI Level 6 course in Software Development.  The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to design, develop and test software components and systems in a workplace environment, working independently or as a team member, often taking responsibility for the work of others, while taking responsibility for the finished product. It also facilitates progression in education including to higher education or training.  

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Communications
  • Graphic User Interface Programming
  • Mathematics
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Project Management
  • Relational Database
  • Software Architecture
  • Web Authoring
  • Web Development
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Ideally applicants will hold a relevant level 5 qualification in Software Development. However, those with other appropriate level 5 qualifications and applicants with relevant workplace experience will also be considered and may be called for an information interview.  

Work Experience

Work experience forms and integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

Career Prospects

  • Database/programming intern.
  • Independent program/app development.
  • IT project and programme managers.
  • Programmers and software development professionals.
  • Software development teamwork.
  • Web design
  • Software Testing

  • Graduates may also progress to further studies at third level.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • A QQI (Level 6) award in Software Development – 6M0691


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