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Software Development

Course Description

The software technology sector is Ireland’s fastest growing sector. Almost all of the world’s leading software companies, including IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook have a significant presence here. In this course, you will be introduced to the basics of software programming, learn the basics of software programming and from business applications.


The course provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue higher education while providing the learner with both the theoretical and practical skills needed for work in the IT industry.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Communications
  • Programming and Design Principles
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Networking Essentials
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Architecture
  • Web Authoring
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

  • Criteria for applicants applies:

    • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate or have reached the age of 18. 
    • Mature student
    • This course is designed to benefit students who have an interest in technology and IT.


    If the above does not apply, you may be called for interview to secure a place on the programme. 

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

Fastrack to IT (FIT) announced a survey of over 60 companies in Ireland that reveals the need for skilled ICT professionals.  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. 

Peter O’Neill, Managing Director IBM Ireland said, “The traditional path of going from the Leaving Certificate into four or more years of university, and then looking for a job, does not suit everyone. We must create multiple pathways to ICT careers that are attractive to a broader range of people.

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 softskills 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.


Why you should learn to code

Students gain skills to engage with this innovative industry.  With developments in cloud computing technologies, mobile apps and web development, there are huge opportunities to gain employment in an industry where there is a shortfall of qualified graduates.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
Students who successfully complete this course may progress into many Level 6, 7 and 8 (Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degrees and Honours Degree) courses in various Institutes of Technology and Universities throughout the country.  

Progression into Computing with Software Development, Computing with Games development, Computing with Multimedia, Computing with Mobile App Development, Social Media and Web Technologies and other courses at Level 8 are possible with this award.

Successful students may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

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 5) award in Software Development – 5M0529


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